Yolanda Bonnell, Self and Original Creation

About the Workshop: 

March 23, 2024, 10am—2pm: This workshop is focused on centering your own voice and experience in your art. It will allow you to seek inspiration from within your own story and provide tools on how to cultivate, investigate and nurture that inspiration and turn it into art!

About Yolanda:

Yolanda Bonnell (They/She) is a Bi/Queer 2 Spirit Anishinaabe-Ojibwe, South Asian mixed performer, playwright and multidisciplinary creator/educator. Hailing from Fort William First Nation, Ontario her arts practice is now based in Tkarón:to. In February 2020, Yolanda’s four-time Dora nominated solo piece bug was remounted at Theatre Passe Muraille while the published book (Scirocco Publishing 2020) was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award. In 2022, her play White Girls in Moccasins, was produced at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as well as at the frank theatre on Coast Salish Territory. Yolanda was the first Indigenous artist recipient of the Jayu Arts for Human Rights Award for her work and won the PGC Tom Hendry Drama Award for her play, My Sister’s Rage which was produced by Tarragon Theatre in 2022. Yolanda, who has just completed her first full length young adult novel, has also taught/facilitated classes and workshops at schools like York University and Sheridan College. She proudly bases her practice in land-based creation, drawing on energy and inspiration from the earth and her ancestors. 

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