Keith Barker

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Keith Barker

Keith Barker is a Metis artist, playwright, director and theatre administrator from Northwestern Ontario. A former board member for the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance and member of the Toronto Arts Council Committee for three years, he has been the Artistic Director at Native Earth Performance Arts since 2017. His award-winning play, The Hours That Remain, has been presented across Canada and New Zealand. As a playwright, Barker has been a participant in the Stratford Festival Playwrights Retreat, and an ensemble member at the Banff Playwrights Colony.

Professional History

In 2007 Barker served as Native Earth Performance Arts' Artistic Associate director, under past Artistic Director Yvette Nolan. From 2007-2010 he worked extensively with Native Earth’s Young Voices Program (now called the Animikiig Training Program) before becoming Native Earth’s Playwright in Residence from 2011-2012. He has participated as a playwright, performer, director and dramaturg for Native Earth’s annual festival of indigenous works, Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival, where the first public reading of his award-winning play The Hours that Remain took place. From 2015-2017, Barker served as the Theatre Program Officer for the Canada Council of the Arts before becoming the Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. His goal as Artistic Director is to “to create more opportunities for female artists, designers, directors and administrators” [1]


  • Graduate of George Brown College Theatre School[2]

The Hours that Remain, Playwrights Canada Press

Published Plays

Performance History


  1. Saskatchewan's SAT Award (2013) [3]
  2. Yukon Arts Award for Best Art for Social Change (2014) [4]

Name:Keith Barker
Location:Kenora, On