Tyson Night

From the prairies of Saulteaux First Nations, Saskatchewan, Tyson Night grew up reciting poetry by famous authors, competing in poetry showcases, and writing his own work while developing his passion for performance. ln 2015, he worked at Banff Theatre Alberta, joining as a creator/performer in the Banff Theatre Collective. This ignited Tyson into the improv world, participating in cabarets, and always trying out new material for audiences. Tyson is proudly lndigenous, and does a lot of work for the community (volunteering at drop-in centres, and caring for his younger brothers). His own experience growing up through many struggles has been a huge source of inspiration for his writing, and his desire to write stems deeply from wanting to give back to the next generation. ln 2019/20 Tyson was a member of Playwrights' Workshop Montreal's Young Creators' Unit, where he began developing his first full-length play "Hung Up", inspired by stories of mental health and addiction. With development support from the Alberta Arts Council, he has created a first draft and workshop of his fantasy/comedic with a mission to create hope for the younger generation of First Nation's People. He was recently a performer in the experimental physical theatre piece RED{Z} MAID{Z}, based on the residential school system (created by Waawaate Fobister), that remains in development. Tyson continues to work as a performer, writer, and model (represented by Edge Talent & Model Alberta) and is currently training in dance, song, and piano.

Since 2017 I began the journey of being a theatre artist. Although the passion and drive in my work started slow, it has snowballed into a full-time undertaking. As an emerging professional, I understand the ethic it takes to be a successful artist and will stop at nothing to achieve that goal.

When I joined Banff Theatre Collective in 2017, I focused my energy on the development of improv techniques. lt was then, I realized my creativity became more visible which I felt the need to nurture. ln 2019 1 was able to work on a dance piece with the creator, Wawate Fobister in partnership with the Playwright's Workshop Montreal, for early development in this showcase, Redz Maids.

When the pandemic hit in 2020-2022 I remained steadfast in the creative writing process alongside dramaturg, Jesse Stong and Playwright's Workshop Montreal, developing my new original full-length scripted play, "Hung Up". As the momentum increased, I wanted to explore more resources and search for other outlets to harness my craft. Between April 2021 and August 2021, I participated in Making Treaty 7's playwright's circle program, sharing ideas and material for future storytelling with other aspiring playwrights and emerging artists.

ln March 2020, I signed on with the Edge Talent Agency. This affirmation was a revolutionary idea to peruse my acting career for a better understanding of how to approach my work. ln October 2020 - December 2021 I enrolled in acting classes provided by Calgary's Actors Studio with Dan Libman, a well-known playwright who also was part of PWM. From Adult Intra Acting to Scene Study classes, Dan has helped me to Harness technical skills in my performance.

ln April 2020, I was approved for a grant supported by Calgary Arts Development for the first phase of development for Hung Up. in July 2021, Canada Council for the Arts jury approves funding for my second development phase with the project. With a week of the intensive workshop and staged reading with a cast and a director, Troy Twigg it will progress on February 7th-11th 2022.

As of December 2021, I have been selected Ted to attend Vancouver Acting School in March - September 2022.

With all my years of practice, I was fortunate to continue my work, hone my passions and abilities to create and perform. This momentum continues to transcend opportunity into other directions in the indigenous creative process.

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