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Welcome to the 2024 season of KOQM

a Nestuita’si Storytelling production

Written and performed by:  shalan joudry

Directed by:  Ken Schwartz


Stage Manager:  Malaika Joudry-Martel

Carved props:  Ed Benham

Original mask/characterization consultant:  Ann-Marie Kerr

Original dance movement consultants:

Susanne Chui and Sarah Prosper

Mi’kmaw language dramaturgy:

Peter J Clair (2024) and Ursula Johnson (2022)

Supporting Producer: Two Planks and a Passion Theatre

Additional thanks to: Nadine Millet, Frank Meuse and

the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.

Image by Kiwnik Joudry-Martel

(character in tree based on Mi'kmaw petroglyphs)

Story:  KOQM is a journey through time and land to experience the voices of fictional L’nu (Mi’kmaw) women. Throughout the course of the show we hear and meet the women who might have spoken and walked through one area of forest over centuries. Guided by the strength of an ancient tree (“koqm”), the women’s voices share with us their personal stories of grief, humour and resiliency through a unique theatrical performance.

Now off-grid and in-the-round! 

Running time:  one hour

(then additional 30min talk-back)

Touring Dates and Locations:

July 2 - 4:  St.John's, Newfoundland  (for more information click here)

July 5-7 (TBA):  Miawpukek, NL  (more information to come, here)

July 11-13:  Gros Morne, NL  (for more information click here)

July 14:  St.George's, NL  (more information to come, here)

August 13-17:  as part of the Two Planks and a Passion Theatre's 2024 season!

Come join us at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Canning, NS  (click here for tickets)


Photo by Dan Froese

KOQM won the 2023 Robert Merritt Theatre Award for

Outstanding New NS Play (playwright).

Photos by Dan Froese

Original Production

King's Theatre, Annapolis Royal, NS

November 12-13, 2021

Production: Nestuita’si Storytelling, Two Planks and a Passion Theatre, El’tuek Qokom, and King's Theatre


Written and performed by:  shalan joudry

Director:  Ken Schwartz

Mask Coaching:  Ann-Marie Kerr

Movement consultants: Susanne Chui & Sarah Prosper

Set pieces: Ed Benham

Lighting Design: MacKenzie Cornfield

Music and audio transitions by: Rose Meuse, Cedar Meuse-Waterman and Nathan Waterman

Graphics: design by MacKenzie Cornfield, drawing by Kiwnik Joudry-Martel (after Mi’kmaw petroglyphs)

Special thanks to those who reviewed the script and provided careful conversation while in development:

Yvonne Wallace (dramaturgy), Santiago Guzman, Lorraine Whitman, and Dorene Bernard.

Mi'kmaw language translation/review: Louise Witzell

Thank you also to:

PARC (Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre), the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, and Theatre du Poulet.

We are grateful for the funding from ArtsNS which made this production possible.

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