Marie Clements

Marie Clements is an award-winning Métis performer, playwright, and director whose work has been presented on stages across Canada, the United States, and Europe. She is the founder of urban ink productions, a Vancouver-based First Nations production company that creates, develops and produces Aboriginal and multi-cultural works of theatre, dance, music, film and video.

Clements was invited to the prestigious Festival de Theatre des Ameriques in 2001 for Urban Tattoo and in 2002 for Burning Vision. In 2002, she worked in the writing department of the television series Da Vinci’s Inquest. A fellowship award from the BC Film Commission enabled her to develop the film adaptation of her stage play, The Unnatural and Accidental Women. She is also a regular contributor on CBC Radio. Clements writes, or, perhaps more accurately, composes, with an urbane, incisive and sophisticated intellect; her refined artistry is deeply rooted in the particulars of her place, time and history. The world premiere of Copper Thunderbird is the first time Canada’s National Arts Centre has produced the work of a First Nations playwright on its main stage.

Copper Thunderbird

Short-listed 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award

The Unnatural and Accidental Women

Winner 1998 Jessie Richardson Award for The P.T.C. Award - Outstanding Original Play in Development

Burning Vision

Winner 2004 Canada Japan Literary Award English-Language

Short-listed 2003 Governor General’s Literary Award

Short-listed 2002 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play or Musical: Small Theatre (Rumble Productions)