“The Actor's Journey: Theatre-making and Indigeneity."
Guest Panelists: June Thiele (Athabascan and Yup’ik) & Elizabeth Laidlaw (Cherokee)
When: Weds, Jan 27, 2021
Time: 1-3pm via Zoom (Registration Link Here)
Open to all UIC students, faculty, and staff
Co-hosted by Cynthia Soto (Sicangu/Lakota and Puerto Rican), Director of UIC’s Native American Support Program and Tanera Marshall, Associate Professor of Theatre.
These guest artists will discuss how their art making experiences have been informed by their multiple identities, beginning with their indigeneity, and how they have navigated dynamic career paths through the worlds of theater, tv and film as actors, writers, directors, and/or producers.
Elizabeth Laidlaw has been a Chicago-based a professional actor, producer, director and teacher for 27 years. Select TV Acting Credits: The Red Line, Chicago PD, NCIS, Boss, TURKS, The Haven (webseries.) Film: Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, Cleveland Abduction, Into The Wake, Dimension, Three Days. She was also a co-producer and director and actor on The Haven. Last December she wrote and directed the short film To Be Continued… She is the founder of Lakeside Shakespeare Theater, serving as Artistic Director from inception until 2017. She currently serves on the board. Select Theatre Acting Credits: Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Goodman, Writer’s Theatre, Court Theatre. American Repertory Theatre, Irish Classical Theatre and Indiana Rep. Directing Credits: Girl in the Red Corner (Broken Nose Theater) Henry VIII, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lakeside Shakespeare.) Elizabeth has taught at The Chicago High School for the Performing Arts, Columbia College and as a guest instructor at Harold Ramis Film School. She currently teaches professional classes at Vagabond School of the Arts and serves on the adjunct faculty of Tribeca Flashpoint Academy Chicago.
June Thiele is an Indigenous, two-spirit actor, writer, filmmaker, and storyteller. Recently they performed in Incomplete Conversations with Silent Theatre Company and wrote and performed an original storytelling piece with 2nd Story. Film credits include atoms of ashes as writer, producer and story; Adhara, as writer and actor, and Dreaming Grand Avenue as an actor. They’ve also had their play Ashana (a Native Sukdu’a) included in a showcase with The Syndicate’s reading series “First Read” and were selected for a scriptwriting fellowship in 2018 with PBS Kids and are currently writing for the new animated series “Molly of Denali.”