The original Orin Dennis from ‘Children of Lesser God,’ the self-starting Merkin had a rich career as a Deaf theatre innovator, mentor, and raconteur.
Though shy and reserved himself, he pushed his actors beyond self-consciousness to imaginative extremes and genuine discovery.
He was like a father to many of us, so it shouldn’t be surprising that he did what a good father does: He kept showing up, and showing his love.
Among the doors the playwright and teacher opened: to the power of words, to the world of theatre, to the possibilities of meditation.
The path-breaking Assiniboine playwright showed us how we could channel our suffering into transcendent theatre.
A fierce, unsentimental explorer of the human experience, she was also a subversive wit and a dear friend, especially to her audiences.
A tribute to the poet, playwright, and actor from a friend who knew him since junior high.
Not content to simply stand as an example for so many others, she moved and lived and breathed a legacy into being.
A lifelong student and master storyteller, he knew exactly where to put the focus of his and our attention.
He had a lifelong, almost monk-like devotion to his muses, which included the people he worked with.