Dale Lakevold

Assistant Professor

114-1 Clark Hall 1st Floor
Department of English and Creative Writing
Phone: (204) 727-7413
Fax: (204) 726-0473
E-Mail: Lakevold@brandonu.ca

Faculty Profile: 
Dale Lakevold has taught full-time in the Department of English & Creative Writing since 2005. Before that he taught part-time from 1995-2005 for Brandon University, University of Manitoba, and University of Winnipeg. During that period of time, he also taught for Inter-Universities North in the Northern Manitoba communities of Norway House, Cross Lake, Split Lake, Nelson House, and The Pas.

As a playwright, he has had more than 40 professional, independent, and university productions of his plays since 1996. His works include Never Never Mind, Kurt Kurt Cobain; L-Love’s Body; and Stretching Hide (Theatre Projects Manitoba); Misty Lake (Crazy Horse Aboriginal Theatre Festival); and Wild Geese and Cross Creek (University of Winnipeg). Independent productions include Aleta Dey, Under Western Eyes, October/Octubre, Making L-Love’s Body, Notes for a Speech on (Canadian) Flagmaking, Notes Toward a Speech Re: My Ex-, and The Day That Mount St. Helens Erupted. His plays Stretching Hide and Misty Lake were co-written with Darrell Racine.

His play Notes for a Speech on (Canadian) Flagmaking was produced by the Brandon Arts Collective as an audio installation at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in Brandon (2003).

His play Misty Lake (co-written with Darrell Racine) had a short tour in Northern Manitoba in 1999.

He has performed readings or had his work read at the Manitoba Association of Playwrights Reading Series in Winnipeg (2011 and 1999); Home Places: Manitoba Literary Features in Brandon (2010), Brandon Folk Music & Art Festival in Brandon (2009, 2008, and 1998); Carol Shields Festival of New Work in Winnipeg (2006); Keesageechak Begins to Dance Festival XVIII in Toronto (2005); Theatre BC New Play Festival in Kamloops (2005); Off the Page Reading Series in Toronto (2002); Alberta Theatre Projects playRites Festival in Calgary (2001); World Next Door Festival in Winnipeg (1998); Winnipeg International Writers Festival in Winnipeg (1998); and Playwrights Theatre Centre Performance Works in Vancouver in 1996.

He created and produced Brief New Works: a Festival of Short Plays in 2007 and 2009 at Brandon University.

He participated on the organizing committee for the Ogamas Brandon Aboriginal Literary Festivals in 2007 and 2009.

He is an on-going member of the Hawkweed Literary Forum, which has been hosting an annual series of literary readings, performances, workshops, and productions on campus since 2007.

He produced the theatre component at the Worscht and Rhubaba Mennonite Festival on campus in 2012.

He is a founding member of the independent theatre company Root Sky Productions and the Brandon Arts Collective.

He has been co-producing and conducting dramaturgy in the Rural Dramaturgy Project in Brandon with funding from the Manitoba Association of Playwrights (1997-present).

 Stretching Hide (co-written with Darrell Racine), Scirocco Drama (2007). Excerpt from Stretching Hide in the anthology Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water, HighWater Press (2012); Misty Lake (co-written with Darrell Racine), Loon Books (2006), Adler & Ringe (2001), and Kingfisher in the anthology Voice of the Drum (2000). Excerpt from Aleta Dey in Prairie Fire.

Articles and reviews in Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Prairie Fire (1994-present), The Quint, alt. theatre, Canadian Dimension, Diverge, and Briarpatch.

 Monthly column. On! Brandon, arts and culture tabloid (1997-2001).
Best Full-Length Play. Stretching Hide (co-written with Darrell Racine). Theatre BC Canadian National Playwriting Competition (2005).

Festival selection. Stretching Hide (co-written with Darrell Racine). Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival XVIII. Native Earth Performing Arts (2003).

2nd. “Veracruz.” DuMaurier Playwriting Challenge. Winnipeg Fringe Festival (2000).

Finalist. John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Writer in Manitoba (1999).

Best Play (One-Act). Track Records. DuMaurier National Playwriting Competition (1996).
Manitoba Association of Playwrights, Manitoba Writers Guild, Playwrights Guild of Canada, Brandon University Faculty Association.

 Research interests: political theatre, the monologue, site-specific theatre, installation, adaptation, audio work, Canadian drama, experimental theatre, Canadian literature

Teaching:  creative writing, Canadian Literature.

Website:    Root Sky Productions     
The website features original music from the Theatre Projects Manitoba production of Stretching Hide in 2007; an audio interview with Dale Lakevold and Darrell Racine, which was published in print in the journal alt.theatre in 2012; a CBC radio review; an Aboriginal Peoples Television Network short feature hosted by Tina Keeper and Lisa Meeches on the 1998 production of Misty Lake; and media reviews.

Loon Books
Misty Lake Teachers Resource Guide
Manitoba Association of Playwrights
J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing
Writers Guild of Canada