Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents the world premiere of Patterns of Wind

November 22, 2021 | Boston, MA Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) School of Theatre presents a new devised work in Boston University’s Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre. Interweaving Indigenous oral storytelling traditions and contemporary multimedia performance, Patterns of Wind is a part of Boston University Arts Initiative’s Indigenous Voices in the Americas series. This interdisciplinary program series highlights the artistic voices of Indigenous people from both North and South America, running through the 2021/2022 academic year.

This convergence of stories of lineage, legacy, and land was conceived and facilitated by School of Theatre resident guest artist Ty Defoe, who is an actor, writer, and interdisciplinary artist of the Ojibwe and Oneida Nations, along with multimedia artist, filmmaker, and organizer Katherine Freer.

The semester-long residency, culminating in a series of performances in Booth Theatre, invites student performers to deepen their own understanding of their relationship to lineage and migration through embodied techniques and Decolonial practice. Drawing from personal narrative and blood memory, the ensemble devised an experience that uplifts the interconnectedness of all living things. Patterns of Wind’s world premiere will take place December 2 – 5, 2021.

Patterns of Wind

Conceived by: Ty Defoe and Katherine Freer

Directed by: Ty Defoe, Siobhan Growing Elm Brown, Dayna Cousins, Katherine Freer

Created by: Arianne Banda, Caila Katz, Claire Gardner, Jayna Shoda Meyer, Julia Hertzberg, Katie McRae, Nderitu Gatere, Raymond Vasco, Ty Defoe, Siobhan Growing Elm Brown, Katherine Freer, Dayna Cousins, Sierra Hoss, Sienna Siciliano

DECEMBER 2 – 5, 2021

Thursday, December 2 • 7:30pm
Friday, December 3 • 7:30pm
Saturday, December 4 • 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 5 • 2:00pm

Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre

820 Commonwealth Ave., Brookline, MA

Tickets – $20, free with BU ID

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The School of Theatre at Boston University College of Fine Arts offers conservatory-style education for the study of acting, stage management, design, production, and all aspects of the theatre profession within the setting of a major research university. The School of Theatre seeks to provide students with opportunities for artistic growth through a rigorous curriculum, professional connections, and an emphasis on collaboration and new work.


The 250-seat Boston University Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre is located at the heart of the Charles River campus at 820 Commonwealth Ave., Brookline. The LEED Silver Certified facility is a 21st century learning environment that educates the next generation of artists and engages audiences in immersive theatrical experiences. The purposeful, flexible design of Booth Theatre, which adjoins the College of Fine Arts Production Center, fully transforms for each production, allowing for unique performance and audience experiences. Designed by internationally-recognized Elkus Manfredi Architects and listed among the best new architectural structures around the globe (Wallpaper magazine, 2019), the building’s massive tipped façade serves as a mirror, coupled with a proscenium-inspired wrapper, to put pedestrians and Comm Ave on stage. Learn more at

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