Anaka is an emerging artist, born and raised on Treaty One Territory (Winnipeg). They are currently completing their final year at the National Theatre School of Canada (Acting, 2022), and working towards a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Manitoba.
Throughout their training, Anaka has had the opportunity to work with Canadian theatre makers such as Mike Payette, Jackie Maxwell, and Jani Lauzon. Some of Anaka’s favourite credits include portraying Mr. President in An Irresistible Urge to Do Something Inadvisable (written by the acting cohort of 2022 under the direction of Jani Lauzon), and Herr Schultz in Kander & Ebb's Cabaret (directed by Matjash Mrozewski).
Before their time at NTS, Anaka studied political science and film at the University of Manitoba. These fields of study in conjunction with Anaka’s lived experience often bring advocacy to the forefront of their work and make current global contextualization essential to their artistic practice.
As a Queer IBPoC artist, Anaka seeks to create space for stories that have historically been erased. They’re especially interested in challenging the notion of Western ‘classics’, and reimagining those classics in manner that reflects our ever-evolving world.