Reneltta Arluk

Board Member

Reneltta is an Inuvialuk, Dene and Cree mom from the Northwest Territories. She is founder of Akpik Theatre, a northern focussed professional Indigenous Theatre company. Raised by her grandparents on the trap-line until school age, this nomadic environment gave Reneltta the skills to become the multi-disciplined artist she is now. For nearly two decades, Reneltta has taken part in or initiated the creation of Indigenous Theatre across Canada and overseas. Under Akpik Theatre, Reneltta has written, produced, and performed various works creating space for Indigenous led voice. Reneltta is the first Inuk and first Indigenous woman to graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program and she is the first Inuk and first Indigenous woman to direct at The Stratford Festival. There she was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie – Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director’s Award for her direction of the The Breathing Hole. As an Indigenous Arts leader, her experience recently includes being Director of Indigenous Arts at BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity and is now at the National Gallery of Canada as Senior Manager of Policy, Protocol & Strategic Initiatives under Indigenous Ways & Decolonization.