Charlene Van B


Craft, Indigenous arts, Theatre

Grade Level: pre k, k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Language: english

Regions: Norman, Parklands, Interlake, Westman, Central Plains, Pembina Valley, Eastman, Capital Region



Charlene is a Metis / Belgian / Canadian theatre artist residing in Treaty one territory / Winnipeg. She is the Artistic Producer of Echo Theatre, a local independent theatre company. She is a theatre creator, a professional actor, a puppet creator and performer, has participated in The New England Puppet Intensive, and is a crankie creator (moving panoramas) which she uses to tell ghosts stories and other stuff! She has sat on the Michif Language Revitalization Circle and is working at learning the southern Michif language through various programs and mentors. Charlene created the Michif language show for young audiences called Li Minoosh Doo- Kapeeshiw which exists in digital form online, and will be available to tour after it's live debut at the Kids fringe 2022.

Charlene has performed in many theatre for young audience shows and has toured throughout Manitoba as an actor. She has taught Theatre classes at Manitoba Theatre for Young People and Prairie Theatre Exchange.


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Project Samples

Shadow puppets

Play with light and shadow. This program plays with surprise and imagination. Students will create shadow puppets out of found objects, paper, and themselves! Sound effects and creation will be employed to heighten the world that students will create for themselves and eachother.

Crankie making

Students will work together and in groups to make a moving panorama. These "scrolling books" can be used for storytelling, or just free form images that can evoke many things. They will employ the use of surprise, timing, and different materials to create something truly unique. Individual - Each student can make their own crankie scroll. Group - Students help each other present their crankie scrolls by providing sound effects, music accompaniment or added puppetry.

Lantern puppets

Students will be introduced to creating lanterns in different shapes. Using reed, muslin, and glue, along with LED lights, these "puppets" can be used with different performance styles like mask work, dance, and storytelling the dark!