Alanis King

Alanis King is an Odawa playwright originally from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve.  Her playwrighting credits include My Number is Not My Name, Morning Becomes Electa, Wisakedjak (co-writer), Kawabin Elvis, Born Buffalo, Teacher, Kohkum’s Good Medicine Journey, Treaty Daze, Bye Bye Beneshe, Song of Hiawatha: An Anishnaabec Adaption, Order of Good Cheer, Gegwah, Lovechild, The Artshow, Heartdwellers, The Manitoulin Incident, Tommy Prince Story, and If Jesus Met Nanabush. 3 Plays, her first publication by Fifth House Publishers, launched last fall. 

Alanis is a past Artistic Director of Askiy Productions, Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company, Native Earth Performing Arts, Debajehmujig Theatre Group, and currently Mazinaw Rocks Productions where she directed and dramaturged numerous works. She has been commissioned to write plays for the University of Wisconsin, the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, and Saskatchewan’s Awasis and Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. Alanis is a Guest Lecturer, Drama Teacher, and performing arts program developer to numerous educational institutions. She is the only female Aboriginal graduate of the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada.

Honing her storytelling, work has included Raisin Wine by James Bartleman, for Ottawa StoryTellors at National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, and Nanabush Stories at Winter Village and Storytelling Festival, Circadia Indigena, 2014. Aboriginal Cultural Ambassador program by Aboriginal Experiences and Culture, Ottawa, resulted in e-merit certification as Heritage Interpreter and Tour Guide, 2013. She is currently a Tour Guide for Indigenous Walks and her own Great Odawa Bus Tours. Fellowship, Guest Director, University of Michigan, Native Women Language Keeper's Symposium, 2013.