Navigating Home to Homeland – Jan. 22 & 23

International and Transcultural Adoption: 

An Interdisciplinary, Creation-based Exploration

January 22 and 23, 2016

The Theatre Department is proud to host this upcoming symposium on international and transcultural adoption, an intimate and dynamic symposium which will feature the creative and scholarly works of adoptees and adoptive parents alike.

 The symposium opens on Friday, January 22 at 7:30 pm, with artist and scholar Katie Hae Leo presenting her beautiful one woman show N/A in the Shubox Theatre. N/A is a thirty minute performance piece first produced at Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia and later remounted, along with Sun Mee Chomet’s How to Be a Korean Woman, as part of The Origin(s) Project: Memoirs in Motion at Dreamland Arts in Saint Paul. In N/A Leo combines personal storytelling with speculative myth-making, attempting to reconcile her present body and health with an unknown past. What do you do when you don’t know your history?  You make it up, of course.

“Tall and angular, poised and powerful, it takes us some time to fully comprehend the depth of Leo’s disappointment…N/A builds to a quiet yet forceful climax.  Wonderful.”   –John Olive

On Saturday, January 23 at 1 pm there will be a panel on the international and transcultural/transracial adoptee experience,  followed by the poster presentationsThe Medium is the Message: Ways of Documenting Our/Children’s Connections to “Home”  by Dr.Sonya Corbin-Dwyer (Memorial University) andAiring our Laundry: Mothering Reflections on Home by Dr. Lynn Gidluck (University of Regina)  An art exhibit, titled Visual Reflections on Mothering by Leesa Streifler (University of Regina) and selected readings from Kathryn Bracht’s play-in-progress Seed completes the afternoon session.

To close the symposium on Saturday, January 23 at 7:30 pm we are excited to present an evening of storytelling with Violet and Joseph Naytowhow.  Joseph Naytowhow is a gifted Plains/Woodland Cree (Nēhiyaw) singer/songwriter, storyteller and voice, stage and film actor from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. Joseph is the recipient of the 2006 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award’s Keeper of the Tradition Award as well as a Gemini Award for Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series for his role in the Wapos Bay Series, to name just a few of the many awards this talented artist has received.

Violet Naytowhow is a gifted singer and songwriter who has “The voice of an angel with the soul of a poet” (Prince Albert Daily Herald).  Also the recipient of many awards, in 2009 she won best folk Album for the National Aboriginal Indigenous Image Awards in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for Best Country album and the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Aboriginal songwriter of the Year.                                      


For more information, please contact Kathryn Bracht at 306-585-5590 ( ) or Leesa Streifler. ( at 306- 585-5552.