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Event Series Event Series: Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack

Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack

March 3, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

World Premiere of Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack
SkirtsAfire Festival MainStage Production

March 3-13, 2022 (7:30pm with 1:30pm matinees on March 6 & 13. Relaxed Performance on March 11.)

Westbury Theatre, Fringe Theatre Adventures
ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave NW

Tickets available here. Adults $27, Students/Seniors $21 (plus applicable fees). 10 Pay-What-You-Can tickets will be available for each performance, plus see the full list of discounts and complimentary tickets available below. The theatre will be at 50% capacity so be sure to book early to secure your seats!

Festival passes available now. Get 3 shows for $60 or 5 shows for $80!

COVID-19 POLICY: Proof of vaccination, proof of a medical exemption of vaccination, or proof of a negative pharmacy test within 72 hours, along with ID, will be checked upon entering the Westbury Theatre. Masks must be worn at all times, except when consuming food or beverages in the lobby while seated. Please note that proof of vaccination is not required to enter the ATB Financial Arts Barns Lobby, which houses the Fringe Grounds Café, the entrance to the Westbury Theatre, and SkirtsAfire’s art installation. Read more.

Special Events & Discounts 

  • We are pleased to have complimentary tickets available for Indigenous folks that would like to attend. Please book in advance by calling the Fringe Theatre Box Office at 780-409-1910 or emailing
  • Pay-What-You-Can & Panel Discussion | March 8 (Following the 7:30pm performance)
  • Her Night Out on Wednesday, March 9 (Grab a delicious dinner at Chianti before the show with a special deal (reservation required) and enjoy live music by Kate Blechinger) Sponsored by Alberta Mamas & Chianti Cafe
  • Book your group of 6 or more for only $18/ticket or your group of 10 or more for just $15/ticket (plus applicable fees)!
  • Pay What You Can Guidelines

Accessibility Performances (see button below for details)

  • Captioning provided: March 5, 8, 11, 13 
  • Public Relaxed performance: March 11 

Be sure to come early to enjoy the Art Installation by Adrianne Beauregarde and the VIDEA youth, and Lobby Design by Daniela Masellis.

No Alcohol will be served at the Westbury Theatre during our festival events.
We invite festival patrons (as our respectful relatives) to hold a courageous space for Ayita, by sitting with, and being present with an open mind and heart as did the ancestors of this land. There are medicines in the performance and in the lobby; works of art, stories and ceremony that require protocols and a clean space of no alcohol or substances.

About the Play

Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack is a calling back to one’s spirit and voice. A modern-day creation story meeting Indigenous realities, told through text and movement. Fusing theatre and Indigenous contemporary dance, Ayita navigates through her own story of sovereignty, breaking free from and transcending past personal pain, stepping into her healing and liberation, awakening to her medicine.

Artistic Team

Teneil Whiskeyjack

Creator, Writer, Ayita

Sandra Lamouche

Co-Director, Choreographer
Artist Sponsored by Wingate by Wyndham

Lebogang Disele


Monique Mojica

Artist Sponsored by Wingate by Wyndham

Whittyn Jason

Set, Lighting & Projection Designer

Emily Randall

Assistant Projection Designer

Dolores Sanchez, Lola

Costume Designer

Danielle LaRose

Sound Designer

Mackenzie Brown

Drumming & Singing

Alsena White


Lana Whiskeyjack

Knowledge Keeper

Betty Hushlak

Production Manager

Brooke Leifso

Accessibility Coordinator

Nancy Yuen

Stage Manager

Roxanne Côté

Apprentice Stage Manager
Artist Supported by Lyle Trytten & Elizabeth Fair

Christine Frederick

Niska | Vocal Coach

Janira Moncayo

Young Ayita
Artist Sponsored by Wingate by Wyndham

Rebecca Sadowski

Onimihitow | Dancer | Ensemble | Dance Captain

Shammy Belmore

Onimihitow | Dancer | Ensemble

Skye Demas

Onimihitow | Dancer | Ensemble

Deviani Bonilla

Onimihitow | Dancer | Ensemble

Katie Hudson


Aaron Macri

Sound Technician

Featuring music by Cris Derksen in the following scenes: Hindsight 20/20 for the opening scene, 21 for the 4th story and Eider Ducks for the 5th story. Special thanks to Cris Derkesen for allowing us to use their music in Ayita and in the trailer for Ayita.

Special thanks to Field Law for their support of this project and to our Infection Mitigation Coordinator, Candice Fiorentino.

MainStage Production Sponsor

Sensory Kits Provided by

Artist Sponsor

Thanks to our Funders



March 3, 2022
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Westbury Theatre, Fringe Theatre Arts Barns
10330 84 Ave NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2G9 Canada
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780 409 1910

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