Resilience and Laughter Unite in Michelle Thrush’s Inner Elder

Gemini Award-winner Michelle Thrush unveils her life with remarkable honesty and humour in her one-woman show

March 28, 2024 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Michelle Thrush’s Inner Elder is set to grace the Azrieli Studio stage at the National Arts Centre from April 11-13, finally coming to fruition after its initial scheduling challenges. Originally slated for the 2019-2020 debut season of NAC Indigenous Theatre, the show faced postponements first due to the COVID-19 pandemic and then again from its planned January 2022 performance. This eagerly awaited presentation promises to be a highlight of the season.

Inner Elder recounts one woman’s transformation from a young girl navigating the shambles of her family life to award-winning actor and artist. Thrush weaves the seemingly disparate anecdotes from her life into powerful and hilarious testimony that will open your eyes, sear your heart, and have you laughing out loud.

Her distinguished career in entertainment spans both television and film, marked by memorable roles in North of 60Blackstone and notable appearances in Bones of Crows and Prey. Beyond her roles, she has received many accolades, including the prestigious August Schellenberg Award of Excellence and the Betty Mitchell Award for her performance in Inner Elder.

Thrush's ability to transform personal and collective pain into comedy highlights the healing power of art. Inner Elder is her love letter to audiences, a testament to survival, resilience, and the universal human experience.


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Indigenous Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the generous support of individuals and corporations from across the country. The National Arts Centre Foundation wishes to acknowledge the support of The Slaight Family Foundation, Presenting Sponsor BMO Financial Group, and Official Hotel Partner Ottawa Embassy Hotel & Suites. Thank you also to Meta, Presenting Partner of #ReconcileThis.


The National Arts Centre is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety — and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation.



Ian Hobson
Communications Strategist, NAC Indigenous Theatre
National Arts Centre
(343) 588-0742

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