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 one last time.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no scheduled performance on May 17. Due to website error, there is a non-existing show time listed on the schedule for May 17 at 7:00PM EST.

A Pineberry’s Past

  • Content Note: Coarse language, themes of colonialism, intergenerational trauma, abandonment, racism
  • RUN TIME: 1 Hour
  • Playwright: Jordan M. Burns
  • Directors: Jordan M. Burns & Shayna Burns
  • Producers: Jordan M. Burns & Shayna Burns
  • Performers: Danelle Charette and Madeleine Szlafarski
  • Stage Manager: Shayna Burns


Part of the 2023 Festival

  • May 17 at 7:00 PM EST

  • May 19 at 6:00 PM

  • May 20 at 7:00 PM

Special Thanks: Makram Ayache, Tarragon Theatre, Rose Goldeen, Jameela McNeil, Danelle Charette, Brianne Tucker, John Roldan, Herbie Barnes, Christopher Stanton, Cole Alvis, Elio Zarrillo, Barry Bilinsky, Ontario Arts Council, Shayna Burns, Ethan Joshua, Jeremy Jacklin, Cheyenne Scott, Brefny Caribou, Paprika Festival, Julia Dickson, Kevin Matthew Wong, Third Wheel Theatre Co., & Annex Dance Academy


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/them) is a Disabled, Indigenous, Two-Spirit, Neurodivergent, multidisciplinary artist from Treaty 3 territory on Turtle Island. Jordan M. serves as a co-founding artistic director with Third Wheel Theatre Co., this position has allowed them to explore an assortment of roles as director, producer, puppeteer, actor, and playwright. Jordan M. is also a proud honours graduate of both York University and Humber College’s Theatre Acting programs. Some of their favourite credits include Blood Sport (dir. C.A. Billings), Salt Baby (dir. N. Robitaille), Mno Bimaadiziwin (dir. H. Barnes), Art Ambulance (dir. D. Anderson), The Cat in the Hat (dir. S. Prelletz), Take Me to Your Garden (dir. J.M. Burns), and their ongoing piece, A Pineberry’s Past (writ. J.M. Burns).
Follow Jordan M. on Instagram @ThirdWheelTheatreCo / @BurnsBright97

Sooji Kim/김수지

Sooji Kim/김수지

Sooji Kim/김수지 (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Seoul Korea currently based in Toronto. She graduated from TMU’s (formerly Ryerson University) Performance: Production Program with a minor in acting/dancing. She is now a Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, and theatre Technician with an expanding interest in the many elements of Theatre. Outside of Theatre, she is a photographer and model. Her recent works include Production Stage Manager of Benevolence (2023), Lighting Designer for Half n Half (2022) and Lighting Designer for Morning After (2022)Sooji is very excited to be part of this show and expand her knowledge on Theatre.