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Boundary Bay, a limited series for cable television, and LNG, a full-length stageplay, are linked through their creation as part of Testify: Indigenous, a project of the Canadian based Indigenous Laws + the Arts Collective.

// The complicated stories of an Indigenous nation whose encounters with settlers have long tested their resilence & resolve as they struggle with a constantly evolving adversary.

These bodies of work challenge the notion of an arbitrary border forced upon people who lived freely up and down the coast for over ten thousand years before colonization. //


LOGLINE: 1858: An indigenous tribe battles violent settlers at the U.S.-Canadian border. Meanwhile, in 2018, the tribe's descendants attempt to defend the same land from a nefarious corporation.


BOUNDARY BAY is quite impressive in its plotting. The script spans three time periods — 1858, 2002, 2018 — and seamlessly weaves them together to propulsive effect. The writer smartly utilizes the show's core cast across the multiple timelines, which is a really cool and stylistic gimmick that also feels economical from a production standpoint. Telqtela / Marissa is a particularly strong, double role for any actor who's lucky enough to play the two women; both of whom are loaded with fortitude and savage grace. That said, all of the show's cast works well in this piece; thoughtfully conjured, delightfully varied, and all involved in dynamic subplots that keep the pilot chugging forward with steam. Alan's antagonist arc is especially compelling and rife with uneasy tension and mystery. Thematically, this show feels all too relevant in its examination of race relations, ownership, and activism, which indicates that audiences would have an easy time identifying with this series. Finally, the show's U.S.-Canadian border setting feels relatively unique and filled with the potential to be gorgeously gloomy and cinematic as it plays on TV screens.

 Boundary Bay script reading presentations with Testify Indigenous at Upper Law Society of Canada, Toronto; Vancouver Island University, Namaimo; and Loungeworks Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

Boundary Bay script reading presentations with Testify Indigenous at Upper Law Society of Canada, Toronto; Vancouver Island University, Namaimo; and Loungeworks Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

further development — 

Through Testify, the initial draft of the pilot Boundary Bay was presented as a stage reading in Vancouver B.C. (October 2016) and Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, B.C. (November 2016).  LNG was adapted for stage from the pilot. It enjoyed a first draft workshop at University of California, San Diego, organized by professor Julie Burelle and her indigenous theatre classes, March 2017.

The second phase of script development within the residencies listed below has been made possible by the help from these INCREDIBLY GENEROUS donors:  

Rianne Svelnis, Alison Page, Anonymous Angels (12), Maria Ferreira, Rebecca Johnson, Lynne Kirby, Ryan Reith, Mark Rupp, Rod Barr, Claire Askew, Bryce Barros, Ronna Beal, Halie & Ardith Bruce-Walkem, Dan & Bev Crawford, Gwaai Edenshaw, Tim Stoenner, Laura Allen, Thomas Almojuela, Jerome Blake, Sadonna Cody, James Cowperthwait, Ramon Esquivel, Ahmed Kassim, Emma Logan, Marcos Meconi, Desiree Prewitt, Corbett Trubey, Diane Blunt, Kristen Connolly, Michael Crane, Amy Decker, Zoe Furlong, Will George, Robin Lee Greiner, Suzanne Griffin, Ian Kuhnert, Daniel Larner, Chantel Lucier, Tyler Robinson, Michelle Sinclair, Rachel Swaner, Nicola Freegard, Carolyn Nakagawa, Elizabeth Stuelke, Jennie Pack, Nicole Kempskie, Jude Lutz, Lisa Meserole, Mugs Cahill.

A rundown of the second phase of development through testify & global residencies:

  • Testify Presentations

    • TORONTO: Law Society of Upper Canada; York University (Toronto); University of Windsor, October 12-17, 2017

      • A stage reading presentation to a packed audience at the Law Society of Upper Canada and the college venues above. Featuring the students from the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, along with students and professional actors at York and Windsor Universities.

    • MONTREAL: McGill University, March 1, 2018

      • A stage reading of the revised script by a collection of professional Montreal actors, artists, and McGill University students.

  • Artist residency, Bilpin Intl Ground for Creative initiatives (BigCi); Bilpin, Australia, November-Dec 2017

    • A residency focused on changing Boundary Bay to a more expansive scope. Further episode planning, big picture changes, and a realization of the ambitious series were solidified. A presentation of my process was presented at BigCi's Open Day on December 17, 2017. More info is here (also a new work was created here call The Traveler with more information available for that work on the writing tab, soon.)

  • Artist residency, Sointula Art Shed; Sointula, B.C., Canada, January 2018

    • Sointula offered the ability to quietly focus on the massive rewrite (much more than I had planned beforehand) on the screenplay, and allowed me to submit to a draft, and begin a third phase of rewriting.

upcoming residencieS & presentations:

  • Artist residency, RUD; Bengtsfors, Sweden scheduled for Fall 2018

  • Staged reading presentations for Vancouver and Los Angeles TBD

  • Testify Presentation: Santa Fe Art Institute — August 2018


Funding information is available on the Fractured Atlas page at

Past presentations:

University of California, San Diego — March 21, 2017 (play)
Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, B.C., with Testify — November 26, 2016 (pilot)
Loungeworks, Vancouver, B.C, with Testify — October 15, 2016 (pilot)