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Rhiana Yazzie

Rhiana Yazzie is a playwright and theater maker and the artistic director of New Native Theatre in Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota.

Rhiana Yazzie is a 2021 Lanford Wilson and 2020 Steinberg Award winning playwright, a director, a filmmaker, and the Artistic Director of New Native Theatre (2023 Bush Prize Award for social justice impact), which she started in 2009 as a response to the lack of connection and professional opportunities between Twin Cities theaters and the Native community. She's a Navajo Nation citizen who's clans are Ta’neeszahnii bashishchiin dóó Táchii’nii dashinalí. She has a co-commissioned play, Like the Polar Bear Mom, in the works with Long Wharf Theatre and Rattlestick Theater. Her play, The Other Children of the Sun will premiere at the Kennedy Center next January and she is currently writing plays for Solas Nua & Ireland’s Fishamble theaters, and the University of New Mexico. Nancy, is a sequel to Queen Cleopatre and Princess Pocahontas (commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theater). It is on this year's Kilroy's List and is also a recipient of a Venturous Theater Award. Rhiana directed the US Premiere of the opera, Missing, a story about a missing and murdered Indigenous woman, at the Anchorage Opera in 2023. Her first feature film, A Winter Love, (writer/director/producer/actor) is currently playing in film festivals globally and she is working on her second feature film, Wounspe Wankatya: A College Education, a project in preproduction that was invited to the 2021 Sundance Producers Summit and won a Jerome Foundation Production grant. In her spare time, Rhiana writes for AMC’s Dark Winds.

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Elevating Indigenous Perspectives with Rhiana Yazzie

Elevating Indigenous Perspectives with Rhiana Yazzie

18 April 2024

In this episode, Rhiana Yazzie shares her journey of founding New Native Theatre and the importance of Indigenous storytelling. She reflects on the challenges and rewards of carving her own path in the theatre world, emphasizing the significance of staying true to one's cultural identity and values. Rhiana discusses the transformative power of art, community, and connection to the earth and invites listeners to support and engage with New Native Theatre's work.