Drew Hayden Taylor is an award winning playwright, novelist, journalist and filmmaker. Born and raised on the Curve Lake First Nation (Ojibway), he has done practically everything from being Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts, to doing stand up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. But most of all, he likes to think of himself as a contemporary storyteller.
Niiganigaabwe pronounced nee-gan-neh-gah-bwe is an Anishnaabowin word to describe CIT’s new speakers series featuring distinguished creative leaders of the Indigenous performing arts community. Throughout the year, the Niiganigaabwe Series will bring together leading Indigenous artists with students, alumni and special guests to spark passion, innovate, inspire and explore. Guest speakers will share their experiences, best practices and their unique Indigenous creative processes. As motivators of creative exploration and thinking, these dynamic artists will examine the importance of creative leadership and the role of Indigenous artists within the larger creative landscape.