Jennifer Dawn Bishop
Jennifer has been involved with theatre since the age of 13 and was a participant in the first Circle of Voices program in 1999 when the doors first opened for The Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company. During her years at SNTC, Jennifer has also volunteered her time vastly, and has applied much of it to the many productions of the Rez Christmas Story series. She has been a workshop facilitator for the Performer’s Playhouse and many other outreach programs. Her role with the theatre has evolved within the last year, and she is now GTNT’s Artistic Associate. As such, she coordinates the Circle of Voices program, Theatre@Noon and the Playhouse Program. She has also gained experience throughout her years here as an assistant director, stage manager and playwright, with a show she wrote being produced this year for the theatre’s spring tour.
Darlene R. Okemaysim-Sicotte is a Cree from Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation near the town of Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, and was educated at Rivier Academy in Prince Albert and at the University of Saskatchewan. She is extremely hardworking in any work place, but her devotion is to family and dedicates that other part of her life with much love and support. Darlene’s past work experience includes the positions of Executive Assistant at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, Departmental Secretary at the University of Saskatchewan Department of Native Studies, and One Earth Farms FN LP. Darlene is also a 7-year member of the local concerned citizens group Iskwewuk Ewichiwitochik (Women Walking Together) whose focus is missing and murdered Indigenous women. Darlene received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in January 2013 for this volunteerism. She currently lives in Saskatoon with her husband Chris Sicotte and is the mother of Christopher, Cory, Aren and Sunflower, all of whom enjoy the local and provincial arts scene.