Brandon A. Oakes / Ratsienhonoron (Council Fire), is Mohawk from Akwesasne (The land where the Partridge Drum) Ontario / Quebec / New York . He has performed and toured extensively throughout North America with several Native dance theatres. He attended the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto and then went on to study contemporary dance and acting at the Banff Centre for the Arts, dancing & acting in several contemporary / traditional Native fusion performances over the past 15 years.
He was the lead in the live dance tour Spirit – The Seventh Fire which has toured the US and is looking forward to being staged in China in 2014. In working with Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto he toured the one man show Tales of an Urban Indian directed by Yvette Nolan in 2007. He has also appeared in the US miniseries Into the West.
Drawn to the west coast, he was honored with the opportunity to appear in Richard Montoya and Culture Clash’s staged play Palestine New Mexico at the Mark Taper Forum directed by Lisa Peterson in 2010. Soon following as Chief Bromden in One flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at The Peoples Light Theater directed by Jackson Gay. Returning to Canada in June 2012 he can be seen on CBC’s Arctic Air and the gritty dramatic feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls. Most recently, Brandon completed the first staging of the controversial play SMOKE by Vicky Ramirez in an Off-Broadway production this past spring at the Signature Theater.
He lives in Toronto, Canada and can be found on IMDB.