Sharon Shorty is delighted to bring her funny bone to Ottawa for Northern Scene at the end of this month. The old woman, no doubt, is too.
“It is an absolute honour to be going to our capital alongside so many talented people from across the North,” she says.
Shorty is an actor, storyteller and playwright, but is perhaps best known for her beloved character Gramma Susie, who often appears alongside Cash Creek Charlie to bring humour to the community. Last year, Sharon and Duane Ghastant’ Aucoin (Charlie) were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for their significant public service.
A member of the Teslin Tlingit Council, Raven Clan, Shorty draws upon the strong tradition of storytelling in her heritage as she travels the world performing. Though she is a comic, she is not afraid of tackling tough subjects. Her recent work included a performance at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as a play exploring the difficulty of aging. Shorty also ran for City Council in 2012.
Shorty is not yet sure what she’ll bring to the audience in Ottawa, but she’s certain there will be a few chuckles. After Ottawa she’s off to Australia in May to participate in the First Nations Australia Writers Workshop as both a performer and a presenter.