Keith Barker

Keith Barker is a Algonquin Métis playwright, actor and arts administator born on Treaty 9 Territory.  A graduate of the George Brown Theatre School, Keith served as Playwright in Residence at Native Earth Performing Arts, was a participant in the Playwrights Retreat at the Stratford Festival, was an ensemble member for the Banff Playwrights Colony. He is the recipient of a SAT Award for Excellence in Playwriting and a Yukon Arts Award for Best Art for Social Change for his play, The Hours That Remain.

He has been produced by New Harlem Productions, Saskatchewan Native Theatre, Gwaandak Theatre, and Magnus Theatre. His work has also been presented as part of the Fresh New Ground Works Commision at The World Stage Festival (Harbour Front), The Weesageechak Begins To Dance Festival (Toronto), The Talking Stick Festival (Vancouver), Springworks Festival (Stratford), Aboriginal Summer Play Readings Festival (Whitehorse) and the Matariki Festival (New Zealand). He sat on the Toronto Arts Council Commitee, and is a former board member for the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance. Currently he sits on the board of directors for of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. 

He was the administator for the Young Voices Program for young Indigenous writers, a co-coordinator of the Youthdale Theatre Program for youth, and a guest artist for the Sage Hill Writing Experience Inc.

Keith was a program officer for the Canada Council for the Arts and is currently the Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts.






Award Category Year Play
SAT Award Playwriting 2013 The Hours That Remain
Yukon Arts Audience Award Best Art For Social Change 2014 The Hours That Remain