Association of British Columbia Drama Educators

2019 ABCDE Conference

 October 25-26, 2019
  Vancouver, BC

Keynote - Kim Senklip Harvey


  • Kim Senklip Harvey

    Kim Senklip Harvey is a proud Syilx, Tshilqot'in, Ktunaxa and Dakelh Nations womxn and is a Fire Creator (director/playwright/actor/community member) and Indigenous cultural evolutionist.

    Highlights from her over 15 year long acting career include the Rez Sisters, Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout, The Laurier Memorial, Salmon Row, the Governor General's Award winning play and National Tour of Where the Blood Mixes , Gordon Tootoosis final show Gordon Winter and the World Premier of Children of God at the National Arts Centre.

    In 2017, Kim participated in the Writing in a Racialized Canada residency which assembled 20 of Canada’s most exciting POC writers at the Banff Centre. She recently completed her 2 year residency with the National Theatre School in their inaugural Artistic Leadership Program. Kim has been shortlisted for the Gina Wilkinson prize for her work as a director and has participated in the Banff Playwrights Lab and the Rumble Theatre’s Directors Lab.

    In 2018, Kim had a 3 city world premiere of her play Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story . Under her direction Kamloopa was nominated for 8 Jessie Richardson awards and the production won the 2019 Jessie Richardson award for Significant Artistic Achievement for Decolonizing Theatre Practices and Spaces, was the first Indigenous play in the awards history to win Best Production and was the 2019 recipient of the Sydney J Risk prize for most outstanding emerging playwright. Kamloopa will be published by Talonbooks in the Fall of 2019.

    Kim’s next artistic ceremony Break Horizons is a commission held in a living Treaty with the Citadel and Arts Club Theatre. This story embraces the multifaceted laws of the Indigenous many worlds and explores how breaking free from the oppression of the colonial paradigm will deliver the emancipation of Indigenous peoples.

    She is currently completing her Masters in Creative Writing at UVIC and will be directing the world premiere of Savage Society’s SKYBORN: A Land Reclamation Odyssey in January 2020.