Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

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Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (DM) is a playwright and the Artistic Director of New Harlem Productions.

Life and Career

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard was born in 1977 in Bequia, St. Vincent, W.I. She is one of four equally ambitious siblings; one of three members of folk/funk/hip hop band ERGO SUM [1]; and one of seven billion voices with worthy stories. DM was General Manager of Native Earth Performing Arts from 2004-2012 under the artistic direction of Yvette Nolan and Tara Beagan respectively. She has been Artistic Director of New Harlem Productions from 2005-present.

Works as Playwright

  • The House You Build commissioned by Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company
  • A Man A Fish
  • Salome's Clothes
  • Cake
  • Gas Girls
  • 54ology

Works as Co-Creator

  • 501: Toronto in Transit with Bob Naismith and Justin Manyfingers for Theatre Passe Muraille's Theatre Beyond Walls [2]
  • Untold with Cole Alvis for Native Earth Performing Arts' Made To Order Program

Awards

  • Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award 2013
  • Dora Mavor Moore Award – Outstanding New Play (Gas Girls)
  • Mallory Gilbert Leadership Protégé Award via Naomi Campbell
  • Herman Voaden Playwriting Competition (Gas Girls)
  • Enbridge PlayRites Award 2009 (Gas Girls)

Residencies

  • National Arts Centre, English Theatre playwright in residence 2013/14 [3]
  • Dynamo Theatre artsist in residence 2012/13
  • Obsidian Theatre playwright in residence 2008/09

Publication

  • editor with Yvette Nolan, Refractions: Solo [4]
  • Gas Girls [5]