Columpa Bobb - Senior artist
Some of her stage credit include Theatre Projects Manitoba’s production of Coocoosh, Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s Canadian premiere production of The Hobbit, the FireHall Arts Centre’s award winning production of the Ecstasy of Rita Joe (Jesse Richardson Award), and the Native Earth Performing Arts Inc. production of Sixty Below (Dora Mavor Moore award nomination - Best Performance in a Lead Role).
Her writing credits include Singing Shards, a Parks Canada/Manitoba Theatre for Young People collaboration, Jumping Mouse (Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination - Best Production, Youth), The Race (A New Zealand tour production), as well as co-writing a sketch comedy extravaganza titled, A House Fell on Our Sister with produced for the 2005 Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
As an instructor, Columpa has taught theatre as a full time faculty member at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto and regularly teaches with the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival Circus and Magic Camp (Urban and Rural components), she has taught for the Morden High School Drama Department and instructed at ten additional schools throughout Winnipeg (K – 12). She has partnered with the Urban Circle Training Centre to teach drama, photography, videography, and writing skills and continues to work with students in the inner city as well as Northern Aboriginal Communities. She served as the Artistic Director of the Aboriginal Arts Training and Mentorship Program for its 10 years in operation providing classes to over 2,000 Aboriginal youth in Winnipeg.
Columpa is a founding member of the Indigenous Peoples Arts Alliance (IPAA) and Eastern Empowerment through the Arts Facilitators, who spearheaded and developed an holistic approach to healing through the arts in 1992. As an Empowerment through the Arts Facilitator she has traveled across the United States and Canada as a guest and keynote speaker at many conferences including at Women in Wellness in Guelph, Kitchener, and Toronto Ontario.
Columpa has also worked with Grassroots organizations, First Nations communities and Alcohol and Drug treatment centres utilizing the Arts as a tool for healing. (Due to the nature of this work the names of these organizations and communities must remain undisclosed).
As Artistic director for UITC Columpa brings her immense wealth of knowledge, love of the arts and genuine concern for health and hope to our community.
Ryan Black - Senior Artist
Ryan Black is mixed blood Saulteaux / West Indian actor, writer and producer who has been working in the film, television and theatre industries for over 20 years. As the son of an Indigenous Mother and an immigrant Father he has a unique perspective on the development of Canada’s artistic identity and culture.
Passionate and deeply rooted in storytelling as a means to emotional, spiritual and physical health he has dedicated himself to projects that feature an emphasis on inclusion, process and collaboration. His professional background features work with notable film companies, ‘A’ list performers and regional theatre houses across the country.
As General Manager of UITC Ryan brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding cross cultural collaboration to the development and execution of UITC projects, operations and corporate / artistic philosophy. His endeavors in bringing professional grade exposure to youth and cross cultural content to the community at large is based in his sincere belief that faith in your abilities, dedication, hard work and actively seeking excellence are the keys to unlocking social, professional and creative success.