Directed by Corey Payette
Written Corey Payette

Corey Payette – Self
Marie Clements – Self
Diane Roberts – Self
Margo Kane – Self

Peppeteer/Joanna: Michelle Bardach
Puppeteer: Patrice Bowler
Peppeteer/Fille: Merewyn Comeau
Fille: Kayla Dunbar
Rita: Gloria May Eshkibok
Peppeteer/Fille: Lisa Goebel
Self: Julie McIsaac
Sedna/Fille: Chelsea Rose
Self: Kamila Sediego
Jewel: Kim Villagante
Chase: Jordan Waunch
Tommy: Aaron M. Wells
Actor/Agnes/Elizabeth/Kateri: Kaitlyn Yott
Fille: Synthia Yusuf

Creative Team
Executive Producer: Melissa Tsang
Associate Producer: Garrett VanDusen
Producer: Maria Zarrillo
Cinematographer: Ryan Alexander McDonald
Editor: Markian Tarasiuk
Production Design: Marshal McMahen
Set Decorator: Randi Edmundson
Set Decorator: Carol MacDonald
Make-up Artist: Kaeko Fujiyama
Hair and Make-up Artist: Alison Jeffreys
1st AD: Ashley Noyes
1st AD: Jordan Lloyd Watkins
Sound Mixer: Malcolm Dow
Boom Operator: Dwayne Morgan
Visual Effects: Mike Jackson
Stunt Coordinator: Roberta Cenedese
Videographer: Patrick Boivin
Gaffer: Keagan Elrick
Camera Operator: Ryan Alexander McDonald
Grip: Jamie Sweeney
1st AC: Jordan Lloyd Watkins
Costumer: Alaia Hamer
Sewer: Stephanie King
Assistant Editor: Patrice Bowler
Colorist/Post-Production Coordinator: Markian Tarasiuk
Location Manager: Garrett VanDusen
Assistant Location Manager: Robin Lawrence
Music: Corey Payette
Music: Julie McIsaac
Script Supervisor: Patrice Bowler
Movement Director: Patrice Bowler
Movement Coordinator: Lisa Goebel
Audio Descriptive Producer: Cameron Catalano
Drone Operator: Ben Glassco
Health and Safety Monitor: Melissa Tsang
Health and Safety Monitor: Maria Zarillo
Craft Services Coordinator: Reine Wong
Production Assistant: Marijka Asbeek Brusse
Production Assistant: Stevie Ross
Production Assistant: Tanya Schwaerzle
Production Assistant: Jennifer Stewart
Production Assistant: Nate Torres

Urban Ink’s 20th anniversary in 2021 is being acknowledged through a celebratory 90-minute documentary film, Stories That Transform Us.

Telling the story of Urban Ink’s foundation and how we have evolved over the years, the film looks back on the depth and scope of our history through past productions with re-imagined creative shorts of the diverse theatrical works produced since 2001.

The film centres around conversations with our three Artistic Directors, beginning with founder Marie Clements, followed by Diane Roberts, and then our current director, Corey Payette. Each one, extremely inspiring, moving and humble in their contribution to the company, describe the challenges faced and their vision of the future. The film illustrates how it all began and how Canadian theatre has moved forward to a place where diverse and Indigenous stories are now being heard.

The film also features re-imagined creative shorts from several of our productions from the past 20 years, including: Burning Vision by Marie Clements, Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of… by Omari Newton, Children of God, a musical by Corey Payette, Moonlodge by Margo Kane, Sedna by Corey Payette, Reneltta Arluk & Marshall McMahen, and Les Filles du Roi, a musical by Corey Payette and Julie McIsaac. The film was first screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival in October 2021.

Through this film, Director Corey Payette shows that with a strong foundation from these trailblazing artistic leaders and always grounded in our mission, Urban Ink continues to play a significant role in pushing forward the creative landscape for Indigenous and diverse voices in Canada. We look forward to a future of breaking barriers as never before!