Ryerson Faculty of Communication and Design: Dean's Lecture Series

Tomson Highway 

Playwright, novelist, pianist/songwriter 

In discussion with Ken Gass Artistic Director, Canadian Rep Theatre 

Please join the Faculty of Communication & Design in welcoming one of Canada’s foremost indigenous voices, Tomson Highway, to the Ryerson campus. In this candid discussion with Ken Gass, Highway will talk about his own award winning work, accomplishments and the status of Native Canadian literature. 

Tomson Highway enjoys an international career as playwright, novelist, and pianist/songwriter. His best known works are the plays, THE REZ SISTERS, DRY LIPS OUGHTA MOVE TO KAPUSKASING, ROSE, ERNESTINE SHUSWAP GETS HER TROUT, and the best-selling novel, KISS OF THE FUR QUEEN. For many years, Highway ran Canada’s premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts (based in Toronto), out of which has emerged an entire generation of professional Native playwrights, actors and, more indirectly, the many other Native theatre companies that now dot the country. Highway is also the first aboriginal writer to be inducted into the Order of Canada.

Ken Gass is a key figure in the development of Canadian theatre, founding director of Toronto’s Factory Theatre, and the current Artistic Director of The Canadian Rep Theatre


WHAT:FCAD Dean's Lecture Series with Tomson Highway

DATE:October 29 - October 29,  2013 TIME:6:15 p.m. -  8:00 p.m.


This is a ticketed but free event. Please RSVP


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  • Barbara de B.

    Tomson Highway was a surprise and a delight. A tad hard to follow at times but you can definitely see a brilliant and active mind hard at work combining the mythologies of christianity, greek mythology and aboriginal spirituality!! First nations people are aligned with nature and christianity makes nature their enemy! Who knew?? He shocked us and delighted us - definitely a 5 star event.

    October 30, 2013

  • raine R.

    If Tompson Highway is present count me in

    1 · October 15, 2013

    • raine R.

      He was hilarious, in his use of"this is my whitelook" striped shirt and tight black Jeans. And a green polka dot bandana tied haphazardly at the neck. Shocked us with the story of a young girl from his rez, raped by a screwdriver wielding white gang of 4 good looking white boys, just out for a night of fun. And projected ideas into our sleepy skulls( there was a guy behind me snoring) of mythology, and many sexed gods,and tryptyches, and the human search, a constant hunger for phalluses and woman ecstacy. He talked and I listened.

      October 30, 2013

  • Andrea

    Tomson Highway is wonderful - full of wit, intelligence and irreverence!

    October 29, 2013

  • Gail D

    Thanks for the details of this event. What a shame I have to work.

    October 27, 2013

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