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Margo Kane
Margo Kane

Oil on Canvas, 24 x 28, 1983
Margo Kane
1951-
Actress, Singer, Dancer, Educator
Cree

Margo Kane
  • Born in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • 2009/10 Aboriginal Distinguished Artist in Residence for UBC’s Department of Theatre and Film.

“I painted her as if she were in the spotlight: caught up in the emotion of the moment.” - Patricia Richardson Logie

"I wanted to help, I wanted to do something; I wanted to encourage, I wanted to be part of the community.” - Margo Kane

Margo Kane is a star. She pulled herself up from a troubled childhood and youth with the help of counselling and enrolled in dance, storytelling, singing and acting classes. Kane won scholarships to the Banff School of Fine Arts and Circle in the Square theatre school in New York City. Though she grew up without a solid connection to her Cree culture, Kane reclaimed her heritage and participated in several academies and programs for First Nations youth interested in pursuing performing arts. She was the inaugural First Nations artistic director of Spirit Song Native Theatre School and part of the National Native Role Model Program during the 1980s, which led her to visit group homes, prisons and recovery centres. In 1992, she founded her own school, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, and served as Artistic Director, highlighting the importance of interdisciplinary performance, networking and collaboration for a generation of First Nations students. Her artistic career practically defines this approach, as she is internationally acclaimed as a storyteller, singer, animator, choreographer, video and installation artist, director, producer, writer, actress and dancer. Kane’s plays, installations and performance art have appeared across North America, from Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre to the Smithsonian Institute, and she continues to foster artistic achievements in others. For examples, she produces the annual Talking Stick Festival of Aboriginal Arts in Vancouver (2001-present). Kane received a Canadian Achievement Award (1991) from the National Capital Commission, the Buller Award for the Advancement of Aboriginal Theatre (1997), a Leo Award (B.C. Film) for Best Supporting Actress (2007), and most recently the Ottawa Jessie Richardson Award for Best Performance by an Actress (2008-2009). The University of British Columbia recognized Kane as its 2009-2010 Artist in Residence and she was happily welcomed by the UBC Department of Theatre and Film.

For more information about First Nations in B.C., resources available at UBC, or information about these individuals, visit the Resources section.

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