Métis Mutt by Sheldon Elter

Métis Mutt by Sheldon Elter

by Sheldon Elter

A smart, brave, and beautiful piece of work. - Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca
Métis Mutt by Sheldon Elter

A One Little Indian Production
Métis Mutt
Written & Performed by Sheldon Elter

In Sheldon Elter’s hilarious and heartbreaking one-person show, we follow a young Métis man on his journey out of a destructive cycle. In dynamic shifts between storytelling, stand-up comedy, and multi-character vignettes; this personal tale unfolds to expose the impact of family dysfunction, internalized racism, and the significance of embracing life’s choices.

Featuring: Sheldon Elter
Director: Ron Jenkins
Set and Lighting Designer: Tessa Stamp
Sound Designer: Aaron Macri
Projection Designer: Erin Gruber
Photography by Ryan Parker

Group rates available for groups of 8+
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Show your first nations or métis status card for to receive a discount to this production.




Sheldon is a Métis actor, writer, stand-up comic, musician and director originally from Northern Alberta. As a stand-up comic, he has emceed and been host at both Breaker’s, and Dave’s Comedy Saloon, and has toured western Canada twice as the opening comedy act for Hypnotist, Marc Savard. Sheldon was also a Top 14 finalist on Canadian Idol in 2006. TV credits include: HANK WILLIAMS’ FIRST NATION, CAUTION: MAY CONTAIN NUTS (Gemini, and Canadian Comedy nominated writer) and DELMER AND MARTA (APTN, writer, co-star, and Co-Executive Producer), HELL ON WHEELS, (AMC). He is also a core-member of the ukulele rock band sensation, The Be Arthurs. His theatre credits include: CRAZY FOR YOU (Citadel Theatre), HAIR THE MUSICAL (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, EVANGELINE, ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS (Citadel Theatre), BEARS (Pyretic Productions), TARTUFFE, SOUND OF MUSIC, ENRON (National Arts Centre), IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! IT’S SUPERMAN! – THE MUSICAL, FIORELLO, ANKLES AWIEIGH (Plane Jane Theatre), MARVELOUS PILGRIMS (Teatro La Quindicina) THE CRACKWALKER (Kill Your Television Theatre), THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, SHEAR MADNESS, THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY and THE FULL MONTY (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), BEOWULF (Workshop West Theatre), L’HOMME DE LA MANCHA (L’Unithéâtre), HROSES: AN AFFRONT TO REASON (Maggie Tree Theatre), NEVERMORE (Catalyst Theatre).



Ron Jenkins is an Edmonton based freelance director and playwright. Ron is thrilled to be working on Metis Mutt here at Theatre Network. Selected Credit include: THE 39 STEPS, JULIUS CAESAR (TSC) RICHARD III (TSC), SUCKER (HAT) TURN OF THE SCREW (Vertigo) ROMEO AND JULIET (TSC) CHASING CHAMPIONS (Ship’s), PLAYING WITH FIRE (Citadel/PTE) OTHELLO (TSC) HIGH LIFE (GZT) ENRON (NAC) THE MOTHERF#$#ER WITH THE HAT (ATP) GOOD NIGHT DESDEMONA, GOOD MORNING JULIET (Belfry Theatre) 1984 (Saint John Theatre Company). NEXT TO NORMAL (Theatre Calgary/Citadel) PLAYING WITH FIRE: THE THEO FLEURY STORY (ATP), CHICAGO (Mayfield Dinner Theatre) THE FORBIDDEN PHOENIX (Citadel Theatre), EXTINCTION SONG (Citadel Theatre) THE TRESPASSERS (Belfry/Vancouver Playhouse) BASH’D (Off Broadway), MARY’S WEDDING (Workshop West), MESA (Workshop West), and RESPCTABLE, CONFESSIONS OF A PAPER BOY (Ghost River Theatre), THE BLACK RIDER (November Theatre Co.), THE RED PREIST (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye) and THE BLUE LIGHT (Alberta Theatre Projects), STEEL KISS, EUREKA, and THE HORROR, THE HORROR (Skid). Ron has won ten Sterling Awards as a director and playwright and two Betty Mitchell Awards for Direction for THE BLACK RIDER and PLAYING WITH FIRE. In 2013 he was honored with a CCA Award in Ottawa for his direction of ENRON. Ron is also the winner of the 2004 Syncrude Award for Artistic Innovation and a Critter Award Winner for Playing With Fire. Ron was shortlisted for the 2007 and 2010 Siminovitch Prize in theatre for Direction.



Tessa Stamp is an Edmonton born theatre professional, entrepreneur, and found object artist.  A dancer first, Tessa has made her career in technical theatre.  She has traveled the world as a pirate, ran away with the circus and in 2008 landed back in Edmonton to play with these clowns.  Tessa works in set, lighting and costume design and stage management.  Recent credits include BED AND BREAKFAST, Theatre Network (Costume Design), SLIGHT OF MIND, Theatre Yes (Stage Management and Set Design), LAKE OF THE STRANGERS, Naheyawin (Set Design and Production Management), WHAT A YOUNG WIFE OUGHT TO KNOW, Theatre Network (Set and Costume Design) METIS MUTT, One Little Indian Productions (Set and Lighting Design and Stage Management).



Aaron Macri is an award-winning composer, sound designer, sound recordist, mixer, live technician, and multi-instrumentalist. Aaron composed songs and music for the Dora Award-winning Musical Comedy BOYGROOVE and won a GLAAD media award for BASH’D! A GAY RAP OPERA in 2007. He was nominated for an AMPIA award for music for seasons one and three of the sketch TV show CAUTION: MAY CONTAIN NUTS, broadcast nationally on APTN. He has also received AMPIA nominations for his music on the feature length film TRUCK STOP BLOODSUCKERS on Bite TV, the first season of the series TINY PLASTIC MEN on Super Channel & both the pilot of & first season of DELMER & MARTA on APTN.



Erin Gruber is an independent theatre designer with experience in set, lighting, costume and projected media design. She is a graduate with distinction of the BFA Theatre Design program at the University of Alberta and works across the country in theatres of all shapes and sizes. What excites her most about working in theatre is collaboration and conversation with generous, passionate minds. She has worked on the development and production of two independent collective-theatre creations working with and leading teams of interdisciplinary artists to create something brand new. She is also a founding member of the ShowStages video collective, a group that strives to question and expand the boundaries of projected media’s role in theatre. Her most recent projects include: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME (Set, Lighting and Costume Design, Citadel Theatre and RMTC), WITCH HUNT AT THE STRAND (Set, Lighting and Projection Design, Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre), MACBETH and A CHORUS LINE and AS YOU LIKE IT (Assistant Set Designer, Stratford Festival), CATEGORY E (Production Design, Sterling Awards for Lighting and Projected Media Design, Maggie Tree Collective), BEARS (Environment Designer, Pyretic Productions), A BOMB IN THE HEART (Production Designer, Downstage Theatre, Betty Mitchell Nomination), MONSTROSITIES (Video and Lighting Designer, Maggie Tree Collective, Sterling Nomination). For more information visit her online: eringruber.com, showstages.com