Dillan is an Anishnawbe storyteller from Garden River First Nation in Ontario. Dillan has always had a passion for storytelling since a young age. He got his first taste of storytelling when his parents would take turns reading the book Ojibwe Legends by Basil Johnson, before bedtime. Dillan was raised in his community of Ketegaunseebee (Garden River), surrounded by stories from the land.
Dillan received his professional training at Sheridan College, in their Music Theatre Performance program. He then furthered his training and obtained his Masters degree in Musical Theatre from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, ranked in the top 3 of arts schools in the world.
Dillan has a passion for exploring stories with a re-Indigenized lens. Dillan believes we have a responsibility as storytellers and artists to seek out stories that share truths that have been kept from us as a result of colonization. Over the past decade, Dillan has been redefining his artistic practice by incorporating Indigenous teachings and cultural knowledge into his practice as a professional storyteller.
Dillan was awarded the prestigious Musical Stage Company's Syd & Shirley Banks Prize 2020-2021. The prize came with career/strategic planning, masterclasses from leading industry professionals, and a cabaret performance with the co-winner.
Dillan was awarded the Aubrey & Marla Dan Fund For New Musical by the Musical Stage Company for his first writing project, The 7 Fires: A New Musical. Dillan is the concept creator & Book writer. Music & Lyrics by the multi award winning composer, Landon Doak.
He was nominated for a Dora award in 2023 for Outstanding Performance by an Individual for his performance in Bentboy by Herbie Barnes that had its world premier at Young People's Theatre Toronto.
Dillan, over the past few years, has started taking up space in the education field. Dillan first taught Indigenous Education at McGill University in their D.I.S.E. department, in Montréal, Canada. The course was focused on helping future educators incorporate Indigenous histories, knowledges, and pedagogies, in an appropriate and respectful way, in their classrooms. Dillan taught three semesters of this course with over 50 students in each class.
Dillan has taught, at his old school, Sheridan College from 2020-2022, in their Music Theatre department. Dillan is the program's very first Indigenous singing teacher. He was also appointed to a Sheridan advisory panel, where he and several others gave recommendations on how the program can evolve to be more inclusive, accessible, and equitable.
Dillan has also guest lectured at Sheridan, Etobicoke School of the Arts and George Brown College. In these lectures, Dillan highlights the laws Indigenous peoples were forced to live under during the boom of "The Golden Age" of Broadway. He has been on panels discussing issues in performing arts, arts education, Indigenous storytelling, and more.
Children of God BOOK, MUSIC, LYRICS & DIRECTOR Corey Payette PRODUCTION DESIGNER Marshall McMahen ORIGINAL MUSICAL DIRECTOR Allen Cole PRODUCTION MUSICAL DIRECTOR David Terriault ORCHESTRATOR Elliot Vaughan LIGHTING DESIGNER Jeff Harrison
Putting It Together: In Concert
Presented by the Musical Stage Company
Directed by Saccha Denis
Music Supervision/ Accompanist Sena-Lee Wood
Where Walls Fall Away
IN REAL LIFE
Music & Lyrics Kevin Wong
Book & Lyrics Nick Green
Book by Steven Gallagher
Music & Lyrics Anton Lipovetsky
Sedna. A new musical created by Corey Payette, Reneltta Arluk & Marshall McMahen Developed and commissioned by Urban Ink, originally co-produced with Caravan Farm Theatre and developed with support from Caravan Farm Theatre and the Banff Centre
Commissioned by Project Humanity
Written and performed by Dillan Chiblow
A National Transformations Project commission by Project: Humanity (Toronto) "Have you ever been asked the question? Imagine a moment, a good moment, a day, a week, full of good moments. People see you, value you, they tell you this. In a new moment, someone says 3 words. You pause, and all the good before… was it real? You have seconds to respond. How you respond determines if you are safe. You retreat inside yourself and close your eyes…" --
STARWALKER is a new musical written and directed by Corey Payette. Produced by Urban Ink & Raven Theatre in association with Musical Stage Co. Presented by The Cultch
Eddie Starwalker - Dillan Meighan Chiblow
“The dual character portrayal of Tom / Tommy was excellent by Dillon Chiblow as he shifted back from one-time period to the other with a change of a hat and a complete change facial expression, speech pattern and gait. He was so believable in both time zones – first soft and naïve and then hardened by a life of disappointment.”
“The actors, the majority of which are played by Indigenous artists, are an absolute revelation. Dillan Chiblow is the emotional heart of the show as Tom/Tommy, the young boy and survivor who makes it out of hell only to find himself lost years later.
Chiblow, who is reprising his role from the Citadel Theatre's production in Edmonton, brings a rich and powerful voice to the chorus of staggering talent on this stage”
"Thomas-Bouchier and Meighan-Chiblow make a marvellous contrasting duo. And the message their characters impart about using intelligence instead of anger and violence to deal with the unknown is one people of all ages could take to heart."
Ojibwe storyteller Dillan Chiblow is identity-confused Star in plaid shirt and baggy jeans. And, of course, much of Act 1 is the lead-up to Star putting on a red satin gown, a tiara and making his House of Borealis debut. We know it’s coming and it surely does. Chiblow has a big theatre-filling voice and the songs he sings with Follis, especially In The Starlight, linger long after the curtain falls.
“Chiblow’s Star has a shy, deeply empathetic vulnerability—you can’t resist rooting for them—and rides a huge vocal range. “
"Dillan Chiblow as Miskwaaki (William Yellowhead) resonated greatly with the audience as his story was deeply moving. An Indigenous son who painted his face and joined his father, a Chief, in battle, to ultimately watch his father fall to musket fire, the tension was palpable. Hearing him sing in mourning, his voice soaring to the rafters and reverberating in our spines, it was truly breathtaking. "
Inspired by the intention of the 7 fire prophecy, The 7 Fires is a new musical with an all-Indigenous cast.
7 strangers run into the woods. They have the birchbark scrolls from the 7 fire
prophecy. We find out the tensions between Indigenous leaders and Government have been at
an all time high. An Indigenous community found the ancient birch bark scrolls. When asked to
reveal the teachings on the scrolls by the Government, Indigenous communities refused and, in retaliation, the Government outlawed all Indigenous ceremonies, languages, and more. It is
the day the outlawing comes into effect. The 7 strangers are in the woods to perform a
ceremony, knowing that once they start, they will be found ... They choose to start the ceremony anyway... As the lights fade, we see a birch bark scroll light itself on fire. As the fire burns, 7 lights shoot out from the scroll into different directions….
Many generations later….
7 new strangers run into this spot in the woods. We find out they were
at a resistance gathering that was raided by police. These 7 strangers decide to stay hidden in
the woods until it is safe to leave. While in the woods, some of them start having dreams. Some
share what little Indigenous knowledge has survived over the many years since the outlawing.
As time goes on, the 7 strangers start to piece together their dreams, teachings from each other,
and from the land. They realize that their meeting in the woods wasn’t “by chance”. The
Ancestors have been communicating with them the entire time and want them to do a ceremony...
A story about strength, reclamation, relationships to land, each other, and our Ancestors.
Concept & Book by Dillan Meighan Chiblow
Lyrics by Landon Doak with Dillan Meighan Chiblow
Music by Landon Doak
This new musical is supported by Ontario Arts Council.
Recipient of The Aubrey & Marla Dan Fund For New Musical- Musical Stage Company
Recipient of Native Earth's 40 seeds
Sheridan College- Singing tutorial teacher
September 2020- Present
One on one private lessons. We work on healthy vocal production, finding the students “mix”. We talk through vocal anatomy and proper vocal fold and laryngeal function. Prepare students to perform Operettas, classical Musical Theatre, Contemporary Musical Theatre, Pop, and more.
McGill University- Indigenous Education Course Instructor
January 2019- January 2021
Responsible for course content, delivery, lesson planning, student assessment, evaluation, and grading. Facilitated meaningful dialogue in an accessible manner, while dealing with difficult topics. University undergraduate course for Bachelor of Education students.
The Token Queer Panelist, Refusing a Queer Monolith theatre and performance hosted by Buddies in Bad Times Festival
Indigenous Perspectives: Teaching Postsecondary Theatre, presented by Canadian Association of Theatre Researchers
Arts at the intersection of Indigeneity and queerness -Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education- Consent McGill
Indigenous History Month panel hosted by Great Lakes Forestry Center
Taking Care of The Fire Within- presented by Prime Mover Theatre Company
Indigenizing Musical Theatre- Hosted by Shaw Festival
"What does Indigenous look like?" Paprika Guest Artist
"We Acknowledge" : The (Lack of) Artistry in Land Acknowledgements. Hosted by Theatre Direct
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, U.K —
Masters in Musical Theatre performance
September 2015 - September 2016
Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario — Advanced Diploma in Music Theatre Performance
September 2010 - May 2013
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