“Theatre has the power to incite critical thinking, create public discourse, and affect social change, (not to mention, it's also a lot of fun!).”
My name is Raes Calvert, and I am a Métis theatre artist based out of Vancouver, BC. I first began performing on stage while I was attending high school in Richmond. I was drawn to theatre performance because it allowed me the opportunity to be present and live in the moment (something that is sorely missing in the day to day lives of those living in the "Western World"). At the age of seventeen I decided I would pursue acting, but more specifically performance in theatre, as my life's work. I attended Studio 58 at Langara College where I received my Diploma in Performing Arts. During my time at Studio, I realized what an amazing platform live performance is. Theatre has the power to incite critical thinking, create public discourse, and affect social change, (not to mention, it's also a lot of fun!). In January of 2010 I co-founded a theatre company, and began creating and producing my own work. Through my experiences as a theatre creator I began to shape myself as an artist and decipher what live story-telling means to me. Creating a company has given me the chance to work, not only as a performer, but also as a designer, a director, a writer, and as a producer and theatre administrator. Being an indigenous story-teller has given me the incredible opportunity to connect to my aboriginal heritage, network with other First Nations artists, and use my art form as a means of cultural exchange.
Raes Calvert is a Metis actor/producer/director, B.C.
www.hardlineproductions.ca and www.redpatch.ca