Kim Senklip Harvey is a proud Syilx, Tsilhqot'in, Ktunaxa and Dakelh woman and is Fire Creator (director, playwright and actor) and Cultural Evolutionist. Kim completed the BFA program at UBC and has worked all across Turtle Island, highlights include, the National tour of Where the Blood Mixes and the world premiere of Children of God at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
In 2017, Kim was shortlisted for the Gina Wilkinson prize for her work as an emerging female director and participated in the Banff Residency, Writing in a Racialized Canada which brought together Canada's most exciting emerging BIPOC writers. In 2017, Kim was appointed as one of 2 artists to take part in the National Theatre Schools inaugural Artistic Leadership Program which aims to steward in the next generation of artists to lead the major artistic institutions in this country.In 2018, Kim participated in the Rumble Directors Lab as well as the Banff Playwrights Lab.
In 2018, Kim had a 3 city world premiere of her play Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story, which focuses on 3 Indigenous women's understanding of Indigeneity and the journey of reclaiming Indigenous matriarchal power. Under her direction Kamloopa was nominated for 8 Jessie Richardson awards and the production won the 2019 Jessie Richardson award for Significant Artistic Achievement, for Decolonizing Theatre Practices and Spaces. Kamloopa was also the first Indigenous play in the awards history to win Best Production and was the 2019 recipient of the Sydney J Risk prize for most outstanding emerging playwright. Kamloopa will be published by Talonbooks in the Fall of 2019.
Kim continues to work on innovating a new methodology for engaging and creating Indigenous Theatre that embraces the practice of presencing Indigenous storytellers while also honouring the multi-dimensionality of having our ancestors tell stories with us.
In partnership with Savage Society Kim recently completed “a year of creative thinking”, investigating her relationship to her ancestors and deepening her understanding of her Indigenous storytelling history.
In the spring of 2018 Kim innovated a new approach to working with colonial theatre institutions and created a Treaty for her next play, Break Horizons with The Arts Club Theatre and the Citadel. This play follows 5 Indigenous women and is set in a woman's Healing Lodge, which are correctional facilities for Indigenous peoples. Break Horizons addresses the urgent need for colonial judicial reform by connecting the intersections of western science, Indigenous knowledge and the indestructible power that is Indigenous Matriarchal love.
Kim is extremely invested in community and youth engagement and has worked on the Mayor’s Task Force for Mental Health and Addiction, the City of Vancouver's Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee, and as the Youth Program Manager at The Cultch she created and spearheaded the Indigenous Youth Initiative which focused on increasing urban Indigenous young people's artistic opportunities in Metro Vancouver.
Kim works with many education institutions as a guest speaker, guest lecture and keynote to embed knowledge sharing practices into her work and speaks to the spherical nature of her creative practice in Indigenous Theatre. She's worked with Thompson Rivers University, Douglas College, Langara College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia as well as some high schools and elementary schools.
Kim is an advocate for individuals equity and works towards having the voices of the historically oppressed and disenfranchised heard, her passion for theatre lives within its transformational nature and believes that theatre is the most compelling medium to move us to a place where every community member is provided the opportunity to live peacefully.
She is currently doing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Victoria on the Lekwungen speaking peoples land and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ'S traditional territories.