Jane Heather

A Musta Be, written and directed by Jane Heather and Old Earth Productions.


Master of Fine Arts in Directing, University of Alberta, 1992.
Bachelor of Arts - Drama, University of Alberta, 1975.

Major Career Achievements

Theatre Teens, Sex Ed : Are We there Yet? (co-authored with Jan Selman) University of Alberta Press: 2015. Fear and embarrassment prevent frank and meaningful communication on the topic of sex. Participatory theatre can break the uncomfortable silence, and with over 700 performances across Canada, Jane Heather's award-winning play Are We There Yet? has been an effective tool for teaching teen sexuality since 1998. The play and accompanying educational program were the subject of a major impact assessment where researchers from many disciplines examined how and why theatre can make change. This comprehensive, well-organized volume by two leading experts in community-based theatre offers a rich diversity of material and analysis. Theatre, Teens, Sex Ed will be a valuable resource for academics, practitioners, and specialist readerships in the fields of theatre, sex education, sociology, and public health. 

Playwright: Work PlaysAre We There Yet? , Running, No Time to Spare, Beloved Community

Director/Facilitator: My People’s Blood, Wabasca We Care, Journey of Choices Feathers of Hope

Performer /Creator: Stand Up For Your Rights, It’s About Time, Women’s Circle

Professor, Department of Drama, University of Alberta, July 2017.

Associate Professor, Department of Drama, University of Alberta, July 2012.

Assistant Professor, Department of Drama, University of Alberta, 2008 - 2012.

Recent Credits

Youthspeak@work (working title). A new participatory play for young people (12-14 years), about their rights at work. Commissioned by the Alberta Workers Health Center. Touring Sept 2018.

A Musta Be: Maskikiy Muskwa Iskwew (co created with. Old Earth Productions), June 2010 Timms Center for the Arts, June 2014, staged reading at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission national event, Edmonton and tour to rural reserves, 2015, production and tour to rural reserve and  conferences.   This play was written with Old Earth Productions, an Edmonton based Indigenous theatre company. The play focuses on the inter-generational impact of institutions on indigenous women. The play weaves together the stories of three women as they are processed through incarceration, residential school, TB hospital, the child welfare system, the sex trade and urban poverty. The women encounter each other and are guided by Bear medicine towards healing.  

Theatre, Teens, Sex Ed , Are We There Yet? (co-authored with Jan Selman). This book is the result of a five year  SSHRC funded project intended to examine the impact of a play Are We There Yet? The play is a funny, participatory performance about sexual decision making and sexual health for 14- 16 year olds. It was performed in schools across Alberta and Canada from 1999 to 2013.  The book includes the results of many kinds of research, the play, a DVD on participatory techniques used by actors in the play and the voices and opinions of  many youth who participated in the project. 

Inner City Voices (director), collective, Boyle Street Community Services, Edmonton.

Seasons (playwright). Production and community engagement, StageLab Festival, June 2011, Edmonton. Working with inner city and homeless youth, and adults with mental disabilities.