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Kevin Loring is a member of the Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) First Nation in Lytton, BC.
As an actor he has performed in numerous plays across Canada including Marie Clements’s Burning Vision and Copper Thunderbird, and in the NAC’s 40th anniversary production of George Ryga’s The Ecstasy of Rita Joe.
He also starred in the 2007 feature film Pathfinder, and co-produced and co-hosted the documentary Canyon War: The Untold Story about the 1858 Fraser Canyon War.
He was the recipient of the 2005 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Theatre Artist, Artist in Residence at The Playhouse Theatre Company in 2006, and iPlaywright in Residence at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, in 2010.
His first play Where the Blood Mixes, won the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script; the Sydney J. Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Playwright; and the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.
Where the Blood Mixes premiered at the 2008 Luminato Festival in Toronto. Presented at the 2008 Magnetic North Festival in Vancouver, it opened on the day of the House of Commons apology for the legacy of suffering generations of aboriginal people continue to endure as a result of their experiences at residential schools. A remount of this production, in association with the playwright’s own company, The Savage Society, is scheduled for a national tour as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad.
Kevin Loring participated in the closing ceremonies of the Aboriginal Pavilion at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Listen now to his interview on CBC’s North by Northwest, hosted by Sheryl MacKay. Air date: Saturday, November 21, 2009.
BOOK AWARDSWhere the Blood Mixes
Winner of the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama Kevin Loring
Winner of the 2009 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script (Vancouver Playhouse)
Winner of the 2009 Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Playwright”
QUOTES OF NOTEWhere the Blood Mixes
“For a first-time playwright, Kevin Loring is making quite a splash.”
— Georgia Straight
“ Where the Blood Mixes … was the best of a stream of plays tackling [the Residential Schools’] disastrous legacy.”
— Globe & Mail
“What a joy to witness … a genuinely great piece of theatre about our nation’s dark secret and the terrible consequences of trying to poison the well of aboriginal spirit, being, culture and ritual.”
— Vancouver Sun
“ Where the Blood Mixes goes straight to the heart. But it goes there via the funny bone.”
— Vancouver Courier
“Kevin Loring illuminates the complex aftermath of the residential school system and the circumstances of contemporary Aboriginal history through compelling, sympathetic and humorous characters who live as best they can, with courage and strength.”
— Canada Council
“There’s no denying the wit and emotional impact of Where the Blood Mixes. Again and again, Loring creates profoundly moving moments, and then wraps them in reassuringly earthy humour.”
— Georgia Straight
“As Canadians, we need to see stories like this one, no matter how strong the compulsion is to avert our eyes.”
— Plank Magazine
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.