Born in Cold Lake (1993) member of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Dene and Stoney artist Taran Kootenhayoo is an aspiring actor and playwright. In his youth, Taran traveled around local communities of the Treaty 6 First Nations, sharing short-stories in his native tongue Dene. In his high school years, the Dreamspeakers On Tour Program (2008) was introduced to him by a friend, where he had a chance to write and direct two short-films, as well as performing in front of screen for a number of projects. Taran graduated in Edmonton, AB, from Victoria School of Visual & Performing Arts (2011) and received a diploma in the Acting for Stage & Screen program at Capilano University in North Vancouver (2015). Taran became a director of the SOAR Aboriginal Arts Program(2013-15); a hybrid training program for emerging aboriginal artists in the performance disciplines. It is there where he has collaborated to write over six different works as a playwright and as a director. Being based out of Vancouver, Taran now sits on the board of directors for KAYA (Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association), is an ensemble member with Full Circle First Nations Performance, as well as a member of Urban Ink’s performance group. Taran would like to thank all of his mentors, friends and family who have supported him on his journey of discovery.