Cliff Cardinal


Check out Cliff Cardinal’s new dark comedy, TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE 

April 24 – May 19, 2019 at VIDEOCAB’s new black box stage, 10 Busy Street


Cliff Cardinal (Playwright and Director) was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to iconic Canadian actress Tantoo Cardinal. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School, a veteran of many stages and screens, and has played his music on three continents. Cliff has been influenced by VIDEOCAB’s ensemble since he was a teenager watching rehearsals of Michael Hollingsworth's New France at the Cameron House in 2000.  He acted in The Saskatchewan Rebellion in 2007, and over the past decade has used VIDEOCAB resources to help develop and produce his plays. As the Associate Artist of VIDEOCAB, Cliff is now collaborating with resident lighting designer Andrew Dollar, and with costume designer Sage Paul, to bring his own highly theatrical style to VIDEOCAB's new black-box stage.  He was recently honoured by double-Doras, and an Edinburgh Festival Award, for the script and performance of his incendiary solo play Huff in 2018.  Huff has been published, translated into French, continues to tour, and will be released on CBC’s new podcast PlayMe in April 2019.

When did you first think of yourself as an artist?

When I stopped living in my mom’s house.

Who helped you develop your voice as an artist?

The audience.

What’s something that’s inspired you this week?

This new performance space we’re building. We rehearse in the theatre in front, the sewing machines hum in the atelier in the back. We’re an art spaceship.

What’s your favourite restaurant in the city to visit?

Pow Wow Café. try the scone dogs.

What do you want to see more of on Toronto stages?

Sarah Kane. Obviously.