Jani Lauzon

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Jani Lauzon is a Metis, Multidisciplinary theatre creator, a musician, director, puppeteer and mother. She is a three-time Dora Mavor Moore nominated actress, a Juno and CAMA nominated singer/songwriter and a Gemini Award-winning puppeteer. She received the Best Actress Award from the Dreamspeakers Film Festival for her portrayal of Doris in the film A Windigo Tale. Jani is artistic director of Paper Canoe Projects. Recently her play "A Side of Dreams" played at Aki Studio in co-presentation with Native Earth Performing Arts. Jani has countless theatre, film and radio credits to her name and her three independent recordings are available at www.indiepool.com. Her short film eu·tha·na·sia, marking Jani’s debut as a film maker, is currently screening at festivals.

Jani Lauzon

Jani is an ACTRA National Councilor and chair of the ACTRA National Diversity Committee. She also serves on the Board of directors for Folk Music Ontario


Actor Selected Works


  • Blood Wedding Neighbour/Servant Modern Times/Aluna Theatre
  • A Side of Dreams Various Paper Canoe Projects
  • King Lear Cordelia/Fool NAC
  • The Rez Sisters Pelija Factory Theatre
  • Toute Comme Elle Chorus Necessary Angel
  • St. Carmen of the Main Chorus NAC
  • Romeo and Juliet Lady Capulet/Peter Can Stage
  • Mother Courage Yvette Pottier NAC
  • A Christmas Carol Various NAC
  • Death of a Chief Marc Antony NAC/Native Earth
  • The Only Good Indian Tsianina Redfeather Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble
  • Comedy of Errors Emelia Can Stage


  • A Side of Dreams [1]
  • Prophecy Fog [2]
  • I Call myself Princess [3]
  • The Scrubbing Project with Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble
  • The Triple Truth with Turtle Gals performance Ensemble
  • The Only Good Indian with Turtle Gals performance Ensemble
  • Senior Playwright in Residence at Banff's Playwright's Colony



Solo Projects

  • 2007 Mixed Blessings
  • 1998 Thirst
  • 1994 Blue Voice New Voice

Guest Artist

  • 2015 Donna's Boy
  • 2006 Cheri Maracle 'Closer to Home'
  • 1998 Crystal Shawanda 'Raging Heart'
  • 1996 Oliver Schroer and The Stewed Tomatoes
  • 1995 Dreamcatchers
  • 1995 New Millennium Orchestra
  • 1993 Kanatan Aski

Nominations and Awards

  • 2010 Best Actress 'Dreamspeakers Film Festival Doris in A Windigo Tale'
  • 2010 Best Supporting Actress 'American Indian Film Festival Doris in A Windigo Tale'
  • 2008 Trailblazer Award 'Reel World Film Festival'
  • 2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards 'Best Female Traditional nomination'
  • 2005 Dora Mavor Moore Nomination 'Best Actress Shylock in Merchant of Venice'
  • 2004 K.M. Hunter Artist Finalist 'Music'
  • 2003 Gemini Award Winner 'Best Children's Programming Puppeteer'
  • 1998 Juno nomination for Thirst 'Best Aboriginal Music Category'
  • 1998 Remarkable Woman Award 'Rubena Willis Centre for Assaulted Women and Children'
  • 1994 Juno nomination for Blue Voice 'Best Aboriginal Music Category'

Name:Jani Lauzon