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Experience an Indigenous Theatre World Premiere

Experience an Indigenous Theatre World Premiere

Theatre New Brunswick’s 49th season continues in Fredericton March 8-18 with the world premiere dance/theatre production, Finding Wolastoq Voice, the debut from Indigenous artist Natalie Sappier of Tobique First Nation.

Finding Wolastoq Voice explores the personal discovery, identity and culture of a young Wolastoqiyik woman awakened by the voices of her ancestors.

This is a very special show for Theatre New Brunswick. Not only is it the company’s first time debuting work by a New Brunswick-based Indigenous artist, but it also marks the end of a long period of collaboration between Sappier and the team at TNB.

Sappier’s creative career is deeply rooted in her heritage and as a visual artist, she has depicted the stories of her ancestors in paints and murals that now hang in galleries, schools and offices throughout the province. In 2015, she contributed her unique visual art skills to help design a set that would tour New Brunswick schools as part of TNB Young Company’s annual tour. For that production, The Eighth Fire, Sappier also acted as a cultural advisor and liaison working closely with the writing team to ensure the story’s use of Indigenous stories were both accurate and respectful. It was this experience that planted the seed that would eventually grow to become Finding Wolastoq Voice. 

Following the completion of the company’s 2015 tour, Sappier approached TNB Artistic Director Thomas Morgan Jones with an idea. Inspired by theatre’s creative process and having recently watched an idea grow into a full blown stage production complete with actors, dancers, set and costume designs, she decided to put down her paint brush, pick up a pen and bring her own story, the story of the Wolastoqiyik people to life.

Sappier’s dream is about to become a reality. Together with dancer/choreographer Aria Evans, set and lighting designer Andy Moro, sound designer Michael Doherty, Jones and the rest of the TNB team, Finding Wolastoq Voice will open in Fredericton March 8 at the company’s Open Space Theatre (55 Whiting Road) and will run for two weeks before touring New Brunswick and Ontario.

Don’t miss this beautiful coming of age story told through movement and dance, narration and music!

Tickets on sale now at the Fredericton Playhouse box office.  Learn more about the show by visiting


Matt Carter is a husband, writer, bike enthusiast, photographer, craft beer lover, musician and first year gardener based in Fredericton. A proud Frederictonian and New Brunswicker, he founded the arts and culture website Grid City Magazine, where he does his best to share music being made and events taking place throughout the region.