Author Tags: Aboriginal Authors, Theatre
A member of the N’lakap’mux First Nation in Lytton, Vancouver-based actor and playwright Kevin Loring is the author of Where the Blood Mixes (Talonbooks, 2009), nominated for five Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and winner of the Governor General's Award for Drama in English in 2009. The play was staged again at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria in early 2010. It examines the residues of residential school in one family when a daughter comes home after two decades to confront her father about the past.
Where the Blood Mixes premiered at the 2008 Luminato Festival in Toronto. Presented at the 2008 Magnetic North Festival in Vancouver, it opened on the day of the House of Commons’ apology for the legacy of suffering generations of aboriginal people continue to endure as a result of their experiences at residential schools. A remount of this production, in association with the playwright’s own company, The Savage Society, was selected to tour as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad.
As an actor Loring has performed in numerous plays across Canada including Marie Clements’ Burning Vision and Copper Thunderbird, and George Ryga’s classic The Ecstasy of Rita Joe. He has also starred in the feature film Pathfinder, played the title role in Hosanna at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and was the lead in a comedy produced by APTN entitled Health Nutz.
Loring is a recipient of the 2005 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Theatre Artist and was the 2006 artist-in-residence at The Playhouse Theatre Company. Kevin then received the 2009 Sydney J Risk Award, the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Script and was invited to serve as Playwright-in-Residence at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2010.
Kevin Loring has also co-produced and co-hosted Canyon War: The Untold Story, a documentary which chronicles the Fraser Canyon War of 1858.
Where the Blood Mixes (Talonbooks, 2009) 978-0-88922-608-1 $16.95