Conversation with Sarah Podemski

Thursday, Nov 10, 2022

Thursday, November 10, 2022
Doors at 6:30 pm, Event at 7:00 pm ET
In person at The Weitzman in Philadelphia

$25 / $18 Members – Click Here for Tickets

Join us for the final program in our series celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Month.  

The Weitzman welcomes the award-winning actress and star of Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi’s critically acclaimed television dramedy, Reservation Dogs, Sarah Podemski, to our stage. Hear about how she made history as one of the four Indigenous women featured together on-screen, which cultural practices she finds universally surprising, and what it is like to be an Indigenous Jew.

 A Toronto Native, Podemski’s Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi background is a significant factor in her life on and off the screen. After three decades in film and television, she is uniquely positioned to speak about the developments, or lack thereof, of Indigenous and Jewish representation in the media. Podemski will discuss her childhood, artwork, and career in the entertainment industry through her intersectional lens that considers her Indigenous and Jewish experiences. She will also share her continued efforts toward uplifting and advocating for Indigenous peoples throughout Canada and America.

This program is made possible with the generous support of Dr. Ted Robinson in memory of Leni Robinson, of blessed memory, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother.

More About Sarah Podemski

Sarah Podemski is an award winning Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi multidisciplinary artist from Toronto. Currently, Sarah can be seen pulling double duty on television. She stars in the critically acclaimed award-winning series Reservation Dogs on FX, which is co-created and executive produced by Sterlin Harjo and Academy Award winner Taika Waititi and the Syfy/Amblin comedy Resident Alien. Most recently Sarah finished filming the independent film / sports drama Warrior Strong alongside Andrew Dice Clay (Pam & Tommy) and Jordan Johnson-Hinds (Blindspot).

Sarah began in the performing arts at the tender age of six years old. She booked her first role in the German TV series Blue Hawk at 11 and went on to appear in the iconic series Goosebumps. Her long career also includes work on television shows such as CBS’ Bull, Amazon’s Tin Star and CBC’s The Coroner and feature films include The TIFF competition films EMPIRE OF DIRT as well as Sterlin Harjo’s MEKKO, for which Sarah won Best Supporting actress at the American Indian Film Festival.

Throughout her career, Sarah has been passionate about raising awareness and elevating Indigenous and Jewish narratives in the entertainment industry. In addition to her on-camera presence, she writes and produces alongside her husband James Gadon. Beyond her work in film and television, Sarah runs Totem Designs, where she makes handmade dreamcatchers with a modern twist.

The video below is a clip from FX’s Reservation Dogs featuring Sarah Podemski as ‘Rita,’ who is in the midst of a journey of self discovery as she raises her son as a single mother.

Safety / Covid 19:
*This event will occur in the DELL THEATER CONCOURSE LEVEL.
Masking in the auditorium is mandatory.

Live at The Weitzman
101 South Independence Mall East (Corner of 5th & Market)
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Additional Events Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Month:

  • October 12 (online) – Jewish and Indigenous Interactions with David S Koffman Part 1 – Click here
  • November 1 (online) – Members of Two Tribes with Emily Bowen Cohen – Click here
  • November 9 (online) – Jewish and Indigenous Interactions with David S Koffman Part 2 – Click here