Storytelling lights the path of the ancestors for all to see
Our Origin Story
Breaking Barriers by Creating Networks of Support
It was mid 2015, when the idea for IPP was born at the Western Arts Alliance Conference. I had been working at an organization serving Native artists, where I had come to understand that no matter how much money was granted to these exceptional artists, it would be almost impossible for them to thrive in the performing arts industry. Cotemporary Indigenous artists face real barriers to entry. It's not uncommon for them to hear things like " you are not Native enough" to perform as Indigenous artists, however conversely, many venues will not book Indigenous artists because they are "too cultural." I've been told by venues that contemporary Indigenous artists are "too complicated" to book, this is code for your artists do not check a box, we find this challenging.
However, as I stood watching the exceptional Indigenous artists at the Indigenous Aritsts Symposium at WAA, I knew that these artists culd have a real chance of breaking into the industry if they had someone who could advocate on their behalf, someone backed by a network of venues and partners working together to bring about social change- a cross-country family of support. This would become what is now Indigenous Performance Productions.
Six months later, we had five clients under my previous production co., Walrus Arts Management, an LLC. I soon transitioned to a non-profit, so I could expand our artists services. Soon after, I expanded further to a production and tour management company so we could invite more Indigenous performing artists to partner through our production projects and touring operations.
Today, we stand as a mulit-faceted organization with an international roster of Indigenous contemporary artists providing consistent outreach, 30-50 shows a year for our artists at high-profile venues with five all Indigenous touring productions. We have made an difference in the lives in our artists, their communities, and the communites we serve alongside our cross-country community family of support. However, our family is never complete. We are a global village in the making.
-Andre Bouchard, Founder
Indigenous Performance Productions was created with the mission to produce, promote, present, manage and advance education around Indigenous performing arts and artists.
Indigenous Performance Productions was founded on the vision to create equity and opportunity for Indigenous performing artists by providing opportunity to amplify stories through live performances.
How We do It
We are a booking and production agency. Yes, that is what we do. But how we do it is through connecting communities through enduring relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships. We are able to represent a full roster of Indigenous artists and create nationally touring producutions because we have an expansive networks of universites, community centers, funders and individual donars whom believe in our mission and vision and have dedicated themselves to uplfting Indigenous voices alongside us. They are not just venues or non-profit organizations or donars, they are our partners and allies.
Together, we showcase both experienced and known Indigenous artists as well as exceptional emerging Indigenous talent. We also unite Indigenous artists from around the world through all Indigenous cast nationally touring productions centered on issues of importance to Indigenous people. It is through our family of supporters, both big and small, that we have the capacity and honor to do what we do.
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Meet The Founder
Andre Bouchard and his Dog Merlin
Andre Bouchard (of Kootenai/Ojibwe/Pend d’Oreille/Salish descent) is an internationally recognized agent, producer and consultant who was born and raised on the Flathead Reservation in western Montana the son a CSKT enrolled father and a white mother. As a person with a background in both Native and non-native worlds Andre aspires to serve as an inter-cultural activist, working to build bridges and reverse the invisibility that serves to marginalize Native people in the US.