Patti Flather

Patti Flather

Bruce Barrett

Patti Flather is an award-winning, produced and published playwright of anglo-settler descent who grew up in North Vancouver, B.C. surrounded by mountains and sea on unceded Coast Salish territory. She moved to Whitehorse in 1988 and co-founded Gwaandak Theatre with Leonard Linklater in the Yukon in 1999 to share Indigenous and Northern stories on the stage. Patti has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of B.C. Her plays include Sixty BelowWest Edmonton Mall,Where the River Meets the SeaStreet Signs (formerly The Soul Menders), the collective creations Go Angel Girlfriends and Tell Me More…, and her new playParadise, which has its world premiere at the Yukon Arts Centre this March. Patti also is a dramaturg, director, educator, fiction and screenwriter, and journalist. She has co-produced all of Gwaandak’s productions and tours, and designs and implements all artistic programming, including nurturing of new voices.

Bio taken from the Yukon Young Writer Conference in April 2015 where she was a speaker.

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Issue: 2018-11-21, PHOTO: courtesy of Joanna Lilley

Yukon-based writer Joanna Lilley has published her first novel, Worry Stones, after 17 years of working on it. “I wasn´t working on it every day, during that time. There were periods when I put it aside.” Read more



Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: courtesy of K. Maguire

Five years ago Hidden Memories started as a one-act play Lillian Nakamura Maguire drafted to improve her dialogue skills for a creative writing class. Now the full-length version will be featured in the Vancouver Fringe Festival’s Advance Theatre... Read more

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Leonard Linklater

When Yukon playwright Patti Flather launched the book of her highly acclaimed play, Paradise, on a warm June evening at Baked Café in Whitehorse, Mac’s Fireweed Books sold out all their copies. “The thing about a play, is after it’s produced it’s... Read more



Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Liz Beddall

Falen Johnson doesn’t hold back when it comes to Gwaandak Theatre. “I love Gwaandak,” the Six Nations writer says straight out. “It’s a place where you know you’re immediately welcomed as an Indigenous playwright.” Johnson’s play Two Indians is... Read more

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Marten Berkman

The first days in the creation of the play Map of the Land, Map of the Stars took place in the summer of 2015 along the banks of the Yukon River. A group of artists gathered with stories, images, objects, and songs – items that they were drawn to... Read more

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz Photography

It was the promise of bannock that first lured Melaina Sheldon into the orbit of Gwaandak Theatre in 2010. The Teslin-born actor, writer and arts administrator had just returned to the Yukon after studying and working in British Columbia. That's... Read more

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Issue: 2016-03-31, PHOTOS: Courtesy of Gwaandak Theare

Gwaandak Theatre is known for producing high quality, thought provoking and original productions. A large portion of its mandate is to help cultivate Aboriginal and Northern artists gain professional experience and exposure on stages close and far... Read more

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Issue: 2016-02-25, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

This week shaped up to be a culturally ambitious one in Dawson City. The centerpiece of the week has been the Myth and Medium conference organized by the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in’s Heritage Department and focusing on the performing arts. It’s not too... Read more

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July 31, 2014

When Patti Flather left Vancouver for the Yukon, she had no thoughts of becoming a playwright, let alone co-founder and artistic director of a busy theatre company. Read more

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If you ask Whitehorse resident Justine Davidson if the $50 fee to participate in Nakai Theatre's 24 Hour Playwriting Competition is worth it, you'll most likely get a resounding yes. Read more

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Gwaandak Theatre reads the two-act play tonight, Wednesday, July 14, in the last of its Aboriginal playwrights-infused Summer Reading Series. What's the play about? In the words of Pat St. Germain.... Read more

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Gwaandak Theatre is putting on a reading series this summer featuring three plays written by First Nations playwrights, borrowing the skills of some local First Nation actors — some who are brand new to the theatre stage. Read more

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Like a persistent, earnest, slightly outrageous friend, The Soul Menders wins you over through sheer determination. Read more

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Patti Flather is sitting at a coffee shop talking about how much fun it is to write strong roles for actors over 40. "There's just not enough of that in theatre or film." She sometimes wonders who tells their stories. Read more

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After presenting Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, one of the most well-known plays of the post-modern era, the Guild Theatre follows with the world premiere of Yukon writer Patti Flather's play, The Soul Menders. Read more

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​With both the Nakai and Moving Parts theatres scaling back on productions for a season of development, Eric Epstein sees the role of the Guild Society as all that more important. "We are certainly the ones to look at classic repertoire and contempo Read more

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This past week, Robin Sokoloski, from Playwrights Guild of Canada, was up for a one-day whirlwind of a visit to post nine of these green signs and wrap up a project that has been ongoing since early February. Read more

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Yukon writers are pairing up to give a series of weekly readings at the Whitehorse Public Library starting Feb. 5. The readings begin with Al Pope and Miche Genest, on Feb. 5, followed by Patti Flather and Clea Roberts on Feb. 12. Read more


Yukon writers are pairing up to give a series of weekly readings at the Whitehorse Public Library starting Feb. 5. The readings begin with Al Pope and Miche Genest, on Feb. 5, followed by Patti Flather and Clea Roberts on Feb. 12. Read more