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Bio

Keith Barker is an Algonquin Métis playwright, actor, and theatre director from Northwestern Ontario, and the current Artistic Director at Native Earth Performing Arts. He was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for English Drama in 2018 for his play, This Is How We Got Here. Keith received a Saskatchewan and Area Theatre Award for Excellence in Playwriting and a Yukon Arts Award for Best Art for Social Change for his play, The Hours That Remain. Prior to taking the job at Native Earth, Keith served as a Theatre Program Officer for the Canada Council for the Arts.

Awards

Finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Award for English Drama for This Is How We Got Here. The play was also a finalist for The Indigenous Voices Awards in the alternative format category, 2018

Recipient of the Saskatchewan and Area Theatre Award for Excellence in Playwriting

Recipient of the Yukon Arts Award for Best Art for Social Change for The Hours That Remain

"Keith Barker's searing new play at the Talking Stick Festival is a testament to how rarely the plight of missing Aboriginal women makes it into the headlines."

The Georgia StraightJanet Smith

“While the material of This is How We Got Here is deep, the show didn’t leave me feeling anything dark. Instead, I was happy to have experienced the talent of everyone involved, and to have gained perspective on what I felt were honest and true reactions to the tragedy of suicide.”

Mooney on TheatreJeff Kerr