Waawaate Fobister

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Waawaate Fobister is a Canadian playwright and actor, whose debut work Agokwe won six Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Outstanding New Play, in 2009.[1] The play, which premiered at Toronto's Buddies in Bad Times theatre in 2008, is a gay-themed play which explores the burgeoning attraction between two aboriginal teenagers, one a traditional Ojibwe dancer and the other a hockey player.[2] Fobister played all of characters in the Buddies production, including both teenagers.

An Anishinaabe from the Grassy Narrows First Nation north of Kenora, Ontario,[3] Fobister identifies as gay or two-spirited.[4] The title of his debut play Agokwe (as recorded by John Tanner for ayekwe) traditionally means "genitalless", but in the modern usage to mean "two-spirited" in the Anishinaabe language.[4]


  1. ^ "Agokwe dominates Doras gala". The Globe and Mail, July 3, 2009.
  2. ^ "Fobister’s a phenom". NOW, September 30, 2008.
  3. ^ "New wave of aboriginal talent". Metro, July 20, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "On stage: Agokwe". Xtra!, September 25, 2008.