A Pineberry’s Past

What would you do if half of you was drowning? Living in a perpetual fog, Mixed (our storyteller), Indigenous and white, attempts to share the story of their life over a home-cooked meal in their childhood kitchen. A place of joy, family, decay, and silence; Mixed is left gasping for a community of their own. Trying to navigate the present while negotiating the vicious memories of times gone by, Mixed finds themselves putting on a show with each laboured breath.

WARNING: course language, themes of colonialism, intergenerational trauma, abandonment, racism

This sharing is part of the Indigenous Arts Program Sharings on May 17. In their pieces, artists explore themes of connection, community, and land relationships, and we welcome you to join the conversation! Folks are invited to interact with guiding questions from the Indigenous artists on their way into the Aki Studio, for a night of readings, dance, and discussion with this year’s multidisciplinary IAP cohort. The Indigenous Arts Program Sharings are double billed with the Festival Opening Night Party, featuring food, drink, and live music in the Daniels Spectrum Courtyard.

A Pineberry’s Past

  • RUN TIME: 30 minutes (1.5 hours for the IAP Year One Sharings), following a 1 hour Opening Night Party
  • Playwright: Jordan M. Burns
  • Performer: Danelle Charette
  • Lighting Designer: Mikaila Strickland

Jordan would like to thank: Makram Ayache, Christopher Stanton, Herbie Barnes, Jameela Jade, Rose Goodwin, Shayna Burns, John Roldan, Danielle Bourgon, Hailey Joy, Tarragon Theatre’s Young Playwrights Unit


Native Earth Performing Art’s Aki Studio

250-585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7


Native Earth Performing Arts and Artscape strive to provide equal treatment to and equitable benefits of its services, programs and facilities in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.

  • The Dundas Street entrance provides barrier-free access to the building
  • Two elevators are located in the South Lobby
  • All floors have accessible washrooms and stalls, as well as accessible drinking fountains
  • Signage throughout the building is written in Braille
  • A hearing enhancement system is available in Aki Studio and the Ada Slaight Hall



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Jordan M. Burns

Jordan M. Burns

Jordan M. Burns (they/he) is a Disabled, Indigenous, Two-Spirit, Neurodivergent, multidisciplinary artist from Treaty 3 territory on Turtle Island. Jordan serves as a co-founding artistic director with Third Wheel Theatre Co., this position has allowed them to explore a multiplicity of roles as director, producer, puppeteer, actor, and playwright. Jordan is also a proud honours graduate of both Humber’s Theatre Performance program and York’s BFA Acting program. Some of their favourite credits include Salt Baby (dir. N. Robitaille), Mno Bimaadiziwin (dir. H. Barnes), Cat in the Hat (dir. S. Prelletz), The Echoes II: Pigeon Pie (dir. M. Wodzinska), Vermilion (dir. G. Kosmidis), and A Pineberry’s Past (writ. J. Burns). Jordan is thrilled to spice it up as part of Paprika’s FCPA and Indigenous Arts Program cohorts and they’re looking forward to continuing the development of their work. See what Jordan’s working on now by following @ThirdWheelTheatreCo / @BurnsBright97 on Instagram!