Monique Mojica -Chocolate Woman Collective

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Eco Region

Monique Mojica (Guna and Rappahannock nations) Actor/playwright/dramaturg.

Monique is passionately dedicated to a theatrical practice as an act of resistance. Spun directly from the family-web of New York’s Spiderwoman Theater, her theatrical practice mines stories embedded in the body. Her first play Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots was produced in 1990 and is widely taught in curricula internationally. She is the co-editor, with Ric Knowles, of Staging Coyote’s Dream: An Anthology of First Nations Drama in English, vols. I & II and the upcoming vol.III, co-edited with Lindsay Lachance.

In 2007, she founded Chocolate Woman Collective to develop the play Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way, and to explore a dramaturgy specific to Guna cultural aesthetics.

Monique has taught Indigenous Theatre in theory, process and practice and lectured on land-based embodied artistic research at universities throughout Canada, the U.S., Latin America and Europe.

She was most recently seen onstage in The Unnatural and Accidental Women, at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, with the NAC Orchestra in I lost my Talk and in Izzie M.: The Alchemy of Enfreakment written by Monique with a diverse artistic collaborative team. Monique has collaborated with choreographer, Santee Smith since 2014 as the dramaturg for Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s tryptic, Re-Quickening (in which she also performed), Blood Tides and SKe:NEN. Upcoming projects include serving as mentor and dramaturg for various Indigenous productions.

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