We are delighted to welcome Jenifer Brousseau and Mitch Saddleback, of imagiNATION Collective, back to our Circle as they take us on another journey of healing, this time through Laughter is Medicine – Four Directions Journey.
We are extremely pleased to have them back with us.
So, join us at the UBC Learning Circle with standup comedian, Mitch Saddleback. We are very honoured to have him share his story of humour and how it contributed in his wellbeing, as well as helped him on his healing journey.
“The occurrence of speaker laughter at the end of phrases suggests that a neurologically based process governs the placement of laughter in speech.
Different brain regions are involved in the expression of cognitively oriented speech and the more emotion-laden vocalization of laughter.”
Everyone Welcome to Participate:
. About the Presenters:
MITCH SADDLEBACK is a Plains Cree from Maskwachis Samson Band, Mitchell Saddleback started acting at the age of 14 after winning best male performance in a high school improv competition. He quickly began auditioning, but soon realized the challenges inherent in being a First Nations actor.
In 2015 Mitchell was cast in imagi’NATION’s Collective Beneath the Surface. Having been impacted by the suicide of loved ones many times in the past, from his father to his cousins on the reservation, he has a deep and personal investment in spreading awareness about the issues explored in this production, loss of identity, Residential Schools, addiction awareness, and the struggle of growing up.
Mitchell continues to make a name for himself in Vancouver’s comedy scene and has a number of upcoming personal projects in the works. He is grateful for the opportunity to share his story and dedicate his time to the act of creation.
JENIFER BROUSSEAU, is Ojibway and French from Serpent River First Nations in Northern Ontario. She has been performing since the age of 5. Trained at Lyric School of Acting in Vancouver BC, has traveled throughout the world with various foundations and humanitarian organizations; hoping to bring inspiration and change using theatre and creative arts as a tool to inspire Canadian youth.
In Vancouver’s urban Aboriginal community and in First Nations communities throughout Canada she has inspired individuals as a Creative Arts Facilitator; teaching theatre, art expression, life and survival skills. She currently sings with the Aboriginal group M’Girl.
Jenifer has played many roles, both on screen and stage, and is currently a host of APTN’s upcoming documentary series, Wild Archaeology. She has also played thought provoking lead roles such as; The Pig Farm (the story of Robert Picton), 4Paths to Peace (a documentary with the Dalai Lama and featuring Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jody Williams), and her most recent theatrical work for the Murdered and Missing Women.
A Bit About imagi’NATION Collective:
- imagi’NATION Collective – Informational brochure
- First Nations Health Authority – Hope, Health, Healing
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