The Crossing Theatre Company is an emerging theatre company, with a mandate to produce high quality theatre that reflects the contemporary, historical, cultural and artistic stories and experiences of Métis people.
Grounded in the heart of the Métis homeland, The Crossing Theatre Company was named to honor Métis leaders Gabriel and Madeline Dumont who resided at Gabriel’s Crossing, located on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, which is in close proximity to the Batoche National Historic Site. The river was a natural meeting place where community members gathered together to share their visions and dreams for their people. The Crossing Theatre Company honors these values and traditions of the Métis people and so many of our projects including workshops and cultural gatherings continue to take place at Gabriel’s Crossing.
The Crossing Theatre Company creates a respectful space for Métis stories to be developed and presented, and encourages a creation process that reflects and honors the Métis worldview. Our projects respect Indigenous traditions and protocols, which is the foundation of all that we create and produce.
A Brief History
The Crossing Theatre Company was founded as a result of the collaborative work of Maria Campbell, Yvonne Chartrand, Artistic Director of the Vancouver-based Métis Dance Company Compaigni V’ni Dansi, Parks Canada – Batoche National Historic Site and the Friends of Batoche National Historic Site. Along with these partners and professional actors, Maria wrote and directed community theatre telling the story of Métis people at Batoche. Two summer productions were presented in an outdoor venue at the Batoche National Historic site, and ran for four weeks each summer.
In 2008, both Maria and Yvonne won Tourism Saskatchewan Spirit of Saskatchewan Awards for Gabriel’s Crossing, one of the productions staged through the Batoche partnership. As a result of this community collaborative work, Maria and Métis community members recognized the need to continue to tell their stories, and so, The Crossing Theatre Company was formed.
The Company is governed by a Métis Board of Directors, including Métis author, filmmaker and playwright Maria Campbell (who serves as the founding Artistic Director); Cheryl Troupe a Métis writer and historian (who serves as the founding General Manager), and Marilyn Poitras, Metis lawyer, filmmaker and professor in the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan.
As the only Métis theatre company in Canada, The Crossing Theatre Company has the potential through its unique cultural and artistic programming, to significantly impact the local, provincial and national Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities as well make valuable contributions to the development of Indigenous theatre in Canada. Similarly, we wish to partner with non-Indigenous theatre companies to share our stories more broadly.