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Arluk, Reneltta


Reneltta is Inuvialuit-Dene from the Northwest Territories. Raised by her grandparents on the trap-line until school age, being nomadic provided Reneltta with the skills to become the multi-disciplined artist she is now. Her ambition is to continue going down the road of an artist, to keep her culture living, and believe it natural that our stories be told through the Arts.

For over ten years Reneltta has been part of or initiated the creation of Indigenous Theatre across various regions of Canada and overseas. She began as a student at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. From there Reneltta pursued acting on a more formal basis. In 2005, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts – Acting degree from the University of Alberta; becoming the first Aboriginal woman as well as the first Inuk to graduate from the reputable program. Her training and life experience has brought her to many places. From being part of "Copper Thunderbird", the first Aboriginal play to be on the main stage at the National Arts Centre in eighteen years, to overseas where she toured northern Greece performing in "Utopian Floes" as part of Caravan Tall Ship Theatre. Reneltta co-founded the first annual Rubaboo Aboriginal Arts Festival in Edmonton, Alberta. She toured much of Canada into Iceland and Greenland with Human Cargo's northern-inspired play, "Night." Most recently, Reneltta crossed the border to perform in the world premiere play, "Sila", at Central Square Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts produced by Underground Railway Theatre.

Reneltta’'s desire to tell her own stories remain and in 2010 produced her first play, "TUMIT", under Akpik Theatre. TUMIT gave her the opportunity to take her training one step further.

As her mother says, “keep your culture alive, my girl.” Something she plans on doing for a very long time...

Professional Role(s): 
Artistic Director