About the Playwright: Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor, playwright of "Cottagers and Indians"
Drew Hayden Taylor, Playwright of Cottagers and Indians.

Drew Hayden Taylor is an award-winning playwright, journalist, film maker, and author. Born in Curve Lake First Nation where he still lives, he is part Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) and part Caucasian. Hayden Taylor has written more than 20 plays and over 30 books, both fiction and non-fiction. In June this year he received an honorary doctorate from Trent University in recognition of his contribution to Canadian literature.

Drew describes himself as a contemporary storyteller who enjoys exploring the boundaries of what is considered Indigenous literature. He tries to “educate and inform the world about issues that reflect, celebrate, and interfere in the lives of Canada’s First Nations.” He bridges the gap between cultures by tickling the funny bone.

In Cottagers and Indians, Drew has created two different universes: the Indigenous world of Arthur Copper; and the cottage environment of Maureen Poole. The creation of these two universes allows Drew to use some of his favourite literary devices – reverse stereotyping and breaking the 4th wall – to very good effect.

Learn more about Drew and his works, and read his fascinating blog at his website.

Cottagers and Indians plays at the Firehall Theatre September 15 – October 1, 2023.