best Performance nominees
sponsored by iron door productions
by faith Denis
Sierra Haynes is a proud graduate of the Studio 58 Professional Theatre Training Program. She has 10 years of radio experience (CBC/CJTR Community Radio), and is an actress with professional experience in feature film, cartoon voice-over, web-series, script supervision, theatre, and playwriting. Her new play, The Radium Girls (TED Talks NYC Residency finalist 2018), was meant to premiere as part of FourPlay: New Works by Excited Writers in March 2020, but was canceled due to Covid-19. In May 2020, her radio drama, I’m Right Here was produced and premiered thanks to the National Theatre School of Canada’s #ArtApart initiative. Sierra has ongoing mentorships with award-winning Canadian stage writers Tetsuro Shigematsu and Anton Lipovetsky. She has recently begun mentorship with award-winning TV writer Nathaniel Moher through Women of Color Unite’s JTC List (#StartWith8HollywoodNorth). She splits her time between the Saskatchewan prairies and the British Columbia ocean views.
Ghosts of yesterday
Georgina Lightning brings a long track record of creative experience in the film industry as an actor, producer, director and acting coach on such projects as: Dreamkeepers, Backroads, Johnny Greyeyes, Christmas in the Clouds, Tecumseh, the Oath and Smoke Signals among countless others. Lightning has also guest starred in T.V. episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger and West Wing. Lightning's directorial debut Older Than America has won over 23 awards to date and is inspired by stories told to her by many of her family members and friends who attended the Indian Boarding schools. Most recently Lightning co-founded Tribal Alliance Productions, a production company committed to producing media that matters told from a native prospective. A long time advocate of Native Indian advancement in the film industry, Lightning also formed Native Media Network, a group dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Native Indian talent.
far from me
This is Bernadette's second SIFA nomination for Best Performance. Her first nomination was in 2015 for her role as Dr. Bennet in Elise Beaudry-Ferland's “RCI”. Bernadette has had the honour and privilege to work on multiple short and feature length productions in Saskatchewan. Some of these projects include: Myriad Entertainment's “Crowsworld”, Autumn Production's “The Sabbatical”, Prairie Cat Production's “Talent”, and DVIC's “Four in a Blanket”. Currently, Bernadette has two feature films in post-production, Doug Luciuk's “Welcome to Kittytown”,and Timothy Boechler's and Nicole Hueser's “Finding Emily”.
ready to be brave
Kody (he/him) is an emerging theatre artist from Saskatoon who graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BFA in Drama. Recently he has expanded his experience to include stage, film, voice-over, and streaming credits. Video credits include Ready To Be Brave (perf. Jeffery Straker, dir. Dylan Hryciuk) and Save Me (perf. Eden Paige, dir. Dylan Hyrciuk). Stage credits include Delft Blue (Burnt Thicket Theatre) Rooftops (Drama Student’s Association), The Romeo Project (The Studio), Machinal, Henry V, Arcadia, Spirit Wrestler, and The Beaux’ Stratagem (Greystone Theatre).
Ghosts of yesterday
An artist of many disciplines, Madeline has spent multiple years working in film, theatre and film. After graduating from Victoria School of the Arts, she travelled and performed with Disney Cruise Lines. She has since moved to the interior of BC, where she studies music and technology at Selkirk College.