Jani Lauzon is an multi-disciplinary artist of Metis ancestry. She is a six time Dora Mavor Moore nominated actress, a three time Juno nominated singer/songwriter and a Gemini Award winning puppeteer and an award winning screen actress. Jani has countless theatre, film and radio credits to her name. She was a member of the National Arts Centre English Theatre Acting Company for three years and has worked at both the Stratford and Shaw festival. Television guest appearances include Saving Hope, Destiny Ridge and Conspiracy of Silence. She wrote and produced two short films, “eu·tha·na·sia” and “Just One Word” both still in the festival circuit.
Jani began her artist educator career as an instructor at the Claude Watson School for the arts junior campus where she developed a 3 year mime, mask and clown curriculum. She ran the an The Centre for Indigenous Theatre from 2000-2003 where she continues to teach Shakespeare, introduction to acting and ensemble singing.
She created her company Paper Canoe Projects to support the development and production of work. Currently PCP has 3 projects, A Side of Dreams (2 tours, 2 productions), I Call myself Princess (at the Aki Sept 9-30th) and Prophecy Fog (The Theatre Centre May 2019). Directing credits include Alien Creature (TPM) The Monument (Factory Theatre) and next season she will be directing Rope at the Shaw Festival.