A tawny mix of Ojibwe/ Swampy Cree and English/ Irish, Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen is grateful to her Coast Salish relatives for hosting her in their territory for almost 25 years. She has worked across Canada with many theatre companies, establishing herself as a multi-disciplinary artist, creator and writer, Jessie nominated actor, dramaturge, director, and dancer. She supplements her somewhat eclectic and thoroughly enjoyable practice of theatre and community collaborations with the delights of motherhood and the challenges of self-produced works. She is an Associate Artist with Full Circle: First Nations Performance, a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas as well as a graduate of TWU and SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts.
As a director, “Café Daughter” (Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre) opened the Canada Scene Festival at the National Arts Centre in June and “Only Drunks and Children Tell The Truth” (a co-pro with Western Canada Theatre) opens at Thousand Islands Playhouse in August. She is a Playwright in Residence with Delinquent Theatre; her play, “The Seventh Fire” will receive a workshop production in 2018. Her recent performance as Johnny in Drew Hayden Taylor’s “God and the Indian” was praised by the Georgia Straight as “nothing short of stellar.”