Producer Marie Clements in her drama 'Red Snow'
Marie Clements in Bella Ciao! (2018)
Marie Clements in water with camera
Marie Clements at Play Chthonics: New Canadian Readings
(What happens when two differently gendered playwrights fr...)
What happens when two differently gendered playwrights from distinct cultures investigate racism, misogyny, and miscegenation in a small 1960s mill town?
(Edward Curtis saw his job as that of creating a photograp...)
Edward Curtis saw his job as that of creating a photographic record of the vanishing race of the North American Indian.” His work therefore became as much a projection of colonial attitudes upon aboriginal peoples as it was an authentic record of their lives.
(Three young Native American sisters and their mother boar...)
Three young Native American sisters and their mother board a bus bound for Los Angeles, leaving home as part of a 1950s government mandate to relocate reserve Indians to urban centres.
(Surrealist dramatization of a notorious case involving my...)
Surrealist dramatization of a notorious case involving mysterious deaths on Vancouver’s Skid Row.
(Burning Vision sears a dramatic swath through the reactio...)
Burning Vision sears a dramatic swath through the reactionary identity politics of race, gender and class, using the penetrating yellow-white light, the false sun of uranium and radium, derived from a coal black rock known as pitchblende, as a metaphor for the invisible, malignant evils everywhere poisoning our relationship to the earth and to each other.
Early in her life Marie studied dance, speech, singing, piano, and music, but she dreamed of being a foreign correspondent. She studied journalism at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta.
During the 1980s Clements worked as a radio news reporter and is still a freelance contributor to CBC radio. She has also worked in the writing department of the television series Da Vinci's Inquest which featured a plot line similar to The Unnatural and Accidental Women which is based on the murders of several Native women in Vancouver's Skid Row district. It was while touring the Canadian north that Clements wrote her first play, Age of Iron, in 1993.
She has been a playwright in residence at the National Theatre School of Canada, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Firehall Arts Centre, and the National Arts Centre. She has been writer-in-residence at several prominent Canadian universities, including Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia.
In 2010, Marie Clements founded Working Pajama Lab, which specializes in the development, creation and strategic weaving of story across film, digital media and live performance. She also founded Red Diva Project the same year when she was commissioned to create the Aboriginal Pavilion’s closing performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
She is currently working on a slate of projects including Red Snow, which earned her the WIDC Feature Film Award, Smoke(d) a dramatic tv series developed with APTN, and a documentary series titled Looking at Edward Curtis developed with Knowledge Network.
(Burning Vision sears a dramatic swath through the reactio...)2013
(Three young Native American sisters and their mother boar...)2012
(What happens when two differently gendered playwrights fr...)1997
(Edward Curtis saw his job as that of creating a photograp...)2010
(Surrealist dramatization of a notorious case involving my...)2012
(Copper Thunderbird is a play on canvases based on the lif...)2007
Clements' plays often consider several overlapping themes, such as the themes of racism, sexism, and violence explored in The Unnatural and Accidental Women. Her theatrical style is a blending of Aboriginal storytelling, ritual and western theatrical conventions.