For as long as Joelle Peters can remember, she wanted a life in the arts.
“I don’t think I’ve ever realistically considered a different career,” she explained.
Originally from Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation), about 320 kilometres southwest of Toronto, Ms. Peters is an Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) actor, playwright and the Interim Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts – Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous theatre company.
“It went from summer drama camps as a kid, to community theatre productions, to high school drama classes and plays. By the time I was considering postsecondary, I knew it was going to be acting.”
Though Ms. Peters didn’t know much about Seneca’s Acting for Camera & Voice diploma program before she applied, she was drawn to the practical aspect of the courses offered.
“It felt like I’d get realistic training for film, TV and voice acting,” she said. “Another perk that I later discovered was the fact that many of the professors are working actors. A few of them are now colleagues.”