Michael Brave Rock
Michael Brave Rock is a Blackfoot artist from the Blood Tribe First Nation in Southern Alberta. A graduate of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. He is a Blackfoot Ambassador for Blackfoot Canadian Cultural Society. Stage work includes the lead as Napi (Old Man) and The Rock and Napi and the Two Woman directed by Doreen Williams-Freeman, Finding Ourselves directed by Lee Maracle and choreography by Troy Emery Twigg, Urban Buffalo directed by Muriel Tarrant, Warriors: A Dedication directed by Muriel Miguel, Speakeasy…Or Else directed by Herbie Barnes. His film works are Dreamkeepers and Sidewalk Indians. Michael has also worked as Assistant Stage Manager for the CIT production Jumping Mouse directed by Marion de Vries. He is an experienced grass dancer and pow wow performer. Mike teaches boys and mens’ pow wow dance at the Native Canadian Center of Toronto.
Charles is from Rainy River First Nation. He was born in Calgary, Alberta and raised in Brandon, Manitoba and Fort Frances, Ontario. He has recorded a studio album and spent time as a DJ, doing studio tech and lighting to assist bands such as Nazareth and Kim Mitchell. He has a strong passion for drawing and illustration with an emphasis on Aboriginal themes. His background in music and visual art has translated to a love for theatre. Since joining the CIT, Charles has grown a passion for writing and acting that has expanded his horizons. Theatre credits include “Creature” in Finding Ourselves Dir: Lee Maracle (CIT). “Marvin” in Warriors: A Dedication Dir: Muriel Miguel (CIT). “Mr Brighton” in Speak easy or else Dir: Herbie Barnes (CIT). “Chester” in You Promised-I Lied Dir: Muriel Miguel (CIT). “Father/Buffalo” in White Buffalo Calf Woman Dir: Rose Stella/Jim Warren (CIT).