Dakota Ray is an actor/comedian/writer on the rise. She was born and raised in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, and is a member of English River First Nation.
On the small screen, Dakota co-hosts the informative and entertaining APTN series CRAZY LIKE A LYNX, alongside Indigenous comedian Don Kelly. She also stars in the CTV comedy SHELVED (now available on Crave) about a handful of smart and quirky characters who work at and inhabit a small, local library. In addition, you’ll see Dakota on this season’s RUN THE BURBS on CBC.
Dakota is also an accomplished stand-up comedian. She has performed across Canada, the US and in La Penita, Mexico. She has performed at the first Arctic Comedy Festival in Iqaluit and the first Drew McLean Comedy Festival in Kamloops, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and sold out her headlining run at Just For Laughs Toronto. Dakota can be seen on JFL/CBC’s television show COMEDY NIGHT WITH RICK MERCER. Her first comedy album, “I’ll Give You An Indian Act” is out and available for purchase, and can be streamed on all platforms. She is currently working on a second which she toured west this winter; she’s working on an eastern tour.
Always in demand, Dakota has several television shows in development, writing, co-writing and consulting on. The contracts she can talk about are CTV’s SHELVED and CBC’s ZARQA.
In theatres, Dakota stars in the fantastic feature film, RUN WOMAN RUN, produced by Big Soul Productions, and written and directed by Zoe Hopkins. Her outstanding performance won her the Best Actress Award at the 2021 American Indian Film Festival. It opened wide in theatres March 2022 and is currently streaming on Crave.
Be sure to follow this Dene busybody on Facebook, Insta, and Twitter. She’s up to her beaded earrings in work, and loves to share what she’s up to!
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