Project Nishin Team

Nokomis Martina Osawamick
Elder, Anishinaabemowin Translator

Martina Osawamick (she/her) an Anishinaabe kwe, Ojibwe/Odawa from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory is known as Oginii Kwe (Rose Woman) and is of the amik/beaver Clan, makwa/bear as her helper and is second level of the Midewiwin lodge. She is a proud “Nokomis” of twelve grandchildren and a great grandmother to two. One of Martina’s priorities has always been her passion for preserving, maintaining and revitalizing the Anishinaabemowin language. She is Nokomis at Cambrian College and Laurentian University in Sudbury, working part time.

Jocelyn Dotta
ASL Interpreter

Jocelyn (she/her) is new to the field of ASL-English interpretation. She recently graduated in June of 2020 as part of the first cohort of George Brown College’s new Bachelor of Interpretation (ASL-English). Though she may be a new interpreter she has had plenty of experience in theatre. Growing up in Sudbury, ON, Jocelyn was an active member of the theatre and film community. She has worked with many different theatre companies including Theatre Cambrian, Thorneloe University, The Sudbury Theatre Centre and was a founding member of Encore Theatre Company. She was excited for the opportunity to work with the team of Project Nishin and honoured to be a part of this important work.

Sarah Gartshore
Project Nishin Oshkaabewis

Sarah Gartshore (she/her) is a part-Anishinaabe, part-settler educator and theatre creator who works in solidarity with voices from the margins as a StoryTeller and champion of Radical Self Love. With ancestors from the Crane Clan of Batchewana First Nation and Clan Gartshore of Scotland, Gartshore is at home in leadership and collaboration. Gartshore’s work highlights this Debwewin (Truth); the experts on the homeless community, people in active addiction community and sex working communities needs are those with lived experience. Gartshore believes in the magic of theatre as a sacred space that welcomes transformation and the honouring of our stories. She is proud to be a part of Project Nishin and it’s celebration of the unique, profound gifts of Indigenous creators in 2020.

Adam Francis Proulx
Project Nishin Oshkaabewis

Adam Francis Proulx (he/him) is a theatre artist originally from Northern Ontario and currently based in Tkaronto. He holds degrees in Theatre and Business from the University of Waterloo. His work on stage and screen spans writing, performing, directing, producing, and more. An accomplished puppeteer and builder, Adam’s award-winning solo show BAKER’S DOZEN: 12 Angry Puppets has toured North America and been filmed for TV by Bell Media. His puppetry web series, Spencer Stays Inside helped thousands of families through the emotional challenges of our current pandemic. Recently, he was an Artist in Residence with The Puppetsmithery in Australia, and spent three seasons as the Assistant Artistic Director of the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia. You can see some of his puppetry work on the Netflix series Oh Yuck!

Working on this project, with these incredible, kind, and compassionate artists has been a gift. | |

Steven Roste
Technical Producer

Steven (he/him) is a queer video artist and filmmaker living in Vancouver, BC. Since graduating with a diploma in Motion Picture Arts, his work has spanned from producing, editing and directing. He seeks to create work that is informed by queer visual culture, intersectionality and resistance. Thank you to everyone involved in this project! It’s been an incredible experience to support our brilliant artists in the video production process.

Brent Wahlberg
Additional Technical Support

Brent did not give us a biography (or photo… we found this one) so we would like to share that he is a consummate professional and a joy to work with. Except for the biography thing. 

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