Monique Mojica speaks at UWaterloo


The Silversides Theatre Artists Series 2016 presents Canadian actor and playwright Monique Mojica in a talk, “Inscripted Earth: embodiment of place as research, process and performance.”

Monique Mojica will describe her evolving process of creating an Indigenous dramaturgy rooted in land-based embodied research. This presentation looks specifically at work begun in 2011 (along with a collaborative team of Indigenous artists) and focuses on effigy mounds and earthworks as the first literary structures on this land.

DATE:            Monday, October 17th, 2016

TIME:             11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

VENUE:         Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building

Monique Mojica (Guna and Rappahannock nations)  is passionately dedicated to a theatrical practice as an act of healing, of reclaiming historical/ cultural memory and of resistance. Spun directly from the family-web of New York’s Spiderwoman Theater, her theatrical practice embraces not only her artistic lineage through mining stories embedded in the body, but also the connection to stories coming through land and place.

Mojica’s first play Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots was produced in 1990 and is widely taught in curricula internationally. She was a co-founder of Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble with whom she created The Scrubbing Project, the Dora nominated The Triple Truth and The Only Good Indian. In 2007, she founded Chocolate Woman Collective to develop the play Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way, a performance created by devising a dramaturgy specific to Guna cultural aesthetics, story narrative and literary structure.

Mojica has taught Indigenous Theatre in theory, process and practice at the University of Illinois, the Institute of American Indian ArtsMcMaster University and is a former co- director of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. She has lectured on embodied research and taught embodied performance workshops throughout Canada, the U.S., Latin America and Europe.  She was most recently seen onstage in Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s world premiere of Re-Quickening choreographed by Santee Smith and with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in I lost my Talk as part of the Life Reflected series.

Image: Mojica’s 2016 installation at the Brantford Institute.

The Silversides Theatre Artists Lecture Series is presented by the Theatre and Performance program in the Department of Drama and Speech Communication.  This series commemorates the donations made by Brian Silversides to the Theatre and Performance program.  Brian Silversides was a Canadian actor, stage technician and entrepreneur who passed away in 1996. Any questions or comments, please contact Janelle Rainville at


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