Tanis Parenteau is a producer/actor and member of the Métis Nation of Alberta of Plains Cree descent. Her production company, TDEP Productions, focuses on decolonizing the entertainment space by uplifting contemporary Indigenous stories by Indigenous writers, smashing harmful Indigenous stereotypes and creating opportunities for Indigenous people in the entertainment industry. Her debut short film, A Big Black Space, won Best Canadian Short at Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Film Festival, the Royal Reel Award at the Canada International Film Festival, was nominated for Best Live Action Short at the 12th Red Nation Film Festival and garnered a broadcasting deal on ARTÉ in Europe. She is developing multiple Indigenous-led series and features and is in pre-production for two short films funded by Canada Council for the Arts and Alberta Media Fund.
Tanis is on the SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee, a member of Alberta Media Production Industries Association, member of the North American Indigenous Center of New York, Tribal Liaison at AlterTheater, board member of Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association and freelances as a casting consultant and assistant. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The New School for Drama. www.tanisparenteau.com