In this fourteenth episode of Skillshare Sessions our host Dallas Pelly meets with Jimmy Blais.
Jimmy is a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, he is of Plains Cree and French settler heritage. Born and raised in Montreal, Jimmy graduated from Concordia’s Theatre Performance Program. He is a seasoned stage and film actor. He has worked professionally for over 10 years, for companies like The Stratford Festival, The Centaur, Geordie Productions, Porte Parole, and La Licorne. He has had roles in television and film for HBO Canada, Discovery Channel, CBC, and Space as well as multiple award-winning short films. Jimmy's most notable tv role was playing Watio for five seasons in APTN's hit series Mohawk Girls. Jimmy is also a writer, director, mentor, and coach. He spent several years as a visiting artist/associate professor at Concordia University and as a mentor in Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program. He was the Indigenous Artist in Residence for the 2016 Students On Ice Expedition to the Arctic. Jimmy just successfully completed the Indigenous Artist In Residence at The National Theatre School of Canada, where he spent 18 months focusing on creation and playwrighting. His play “Sonny's Way” was presented at Native Earth's Weesageechak Begins To Dance Festival in Toronto in November 2019 and is set to be produced in 2022.
Create to Learn is a program of TakingITGlobal, in partnership with imagineNATIVE, with support from Lenovo Foundation and the Government of Canada's CanCode and Supports for Student Learning programs.