Reneltta Arluk, Director of Indigenous Arts

Reneltta is an Inuvialuit, Cree and Dene woman from the Northwest Territories. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program and founder of Akpik Theatre, the only professional Indigenous Theatre company in the NWT. Raised by her grandparents on the trap-line until school age, this nomadic environment gave Reneltta the skills to become the multi-disciplined artist she is now. Reneltta has taken part in or initiated the creation of Indigenous Theatre across Canada and overseas. In 2017, She became the first Inuit and first Indigenous woman to direct at The Stratford Festival. She was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie – Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director’s Award for her direction of the The Breathing Hole by Governor General Award winning playwright, Colleen Murphy. Reneltta is now Director for the Indigenous Arts Section at BANFF Centre for the Arts. She is also a mom.