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Mary Kathryn Nagle

Mary Kathryn Nagle was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and an honorary member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. She studied theatre at Georgetown University, and went on to study law at Tulane Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of the Judge John Minor Wisdom Award. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Laurie Smith Camp (United States District Court, District of Nebraska), Judge Joseph F. Bataillon (United States District Court, District of Nebraska), and then Judge Fortunato P. Benavides (United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit). She is a member of the 2012-2013 Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group, where she developed her play, Manahatta, which the Public Theater workshopped in its in inaugural Public Stuido series in May 2014. Most recently, her play that she co-wrote with Suzan Shown Harjo, In My Father's Bones, was presented at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology as a part of the Museum's in-depth discussion of the Sac and Fox Nation's struggle to re-patriate the remains of Jim Thorpe to the Sac and Fox reservation. Her play Sliver of a Full Moon was recently presented at Joe's Pub in September 2014, and will be presented at Yale Law School on March 31, 2015. Her other plays include: Miss Lead (produced by Amerinda at 59E59 in January 2014), Fairly Traceable (developed in the Civilians 2014 R&D Group), and Waaxe's Law (presented at the Smithsonian's Museum of the American Indian in October 2011). She currently lives in New York where she writes briefs and plays.

Decolonizing Creation Processes by Reclaiming Narratives
Essay

Decolonizing Creation Processes by Reclaiming Narratives

28 May 2018

Robert Goodwin and Mary Kathryn Nagle discuss decolonizing Western theatre, linear narrative structures, the historic silencing of underrepresented voices, Shakespeare, and more.

Native Voices On the American Stage
Essay

Native Voices On the American Stage

A Constitutional Crisis

22 February 2015

Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle kicks off Native Voices Week, “Instead of Redface,” with a personal story about how she came to playwriting from law school and the imperative to tell Native stories.

Native Voices
Series

Native Voices

A collection of First Nations voices as they share their experiences in (North) American theatremaking.