Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch is a composer, producer, and librettist/playwright of Anishnaabe (Algonquin) identity. He wrote and co-composed the Dora Mavor Moore -nominated opera Giiwedin. Recent credits (as writer and co-composer) include: Sojourn (2017; commissioned by Signal Theatre for the dance opera Bearing); HATE MAIL & Irreconcilable Trolls (2017; premiered at Native Earth’s Aki Studio); Bottlenecked (2017); Victorian Secrets (2014, presented at Native Earth’s Aki Studio); Spin Doctors (2014); Bike Rage (2011). Spy is an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre, a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and a faculty member at Brock University.
Spy’s academic research focuses on Indigenous topics in education, arts, music and performance. His Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant (with collaborator, Dr. Elizabeth Gould) examines the implications of gender representations and performance in historical Indianist music and cultural production.