September 19, 2010

Chief Dan George's great-granddaughter

Spotlight--Columpa BobbTheatre saved my life.” Vancouver-born performer, writer and teacher Columpa Bobb spoke these powerful words when interviewed by Winnipeg Women Magazine.

Bobb comes from an artistic family–her great-grandfather is the Academy Award-nominated actor Chief Dan George. She believes that acting gave her the chance to truly find herself and her voice.

“In my own world, I couldn’t express myself. I was self-destructive as a young teenager. When I went to theatre school, I found a whole new world where I could think about my feelings and not judge them. I could use critical thinking skills to be curious and creative without judging.”

Inspired by Aboriginal actor Tantoo Cardinal and her artistic parents, Bobb began attending theatre school at 16, and has been fully immersed in the arts ever since. The actress of Tsleil-Waututh and Nlaka’pamux First Nations heritage accepted any positions she could in the theatre community, from janitorial work to stage-managing. She eventually moved to Toronto to pursue her acting career.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Native Plays and Other Stage Shows.

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