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Sierra Rosetta

Raised on a small farm in Southern Minnesota with nothing to do but play pretend, Sierra Rosetta (she/her) learned to translate imagination into stories from a young age. She is an emerging Indigenous theater maker (Lac Courte Oreilles Chippewa Nation) and scholar whose work focuses on the female experience, Indigenous stories, and other minority voices.

Upon graduating summa cum laude and with faculty and academic honors in Theater from Northwestern College (Iowa) in 2023, Sierra was immediately granted a full-ride to pursue a PhD in Theatre and Drama from her dream school, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. While in undergrad, Sierra gained unforgettable multi-faceted experiences interning/fellowing at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company as a Shakespeare apprentice, Yale University’s Indigenous Performing Arts Program as an actor, Northwestern University’s Summer Research Opportunity Program as a researcher, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center as a literary fellow. Wearing many hats and indulging her love for travel, Sierra continues to work freelance as an actor, playwright, director, and dramaturg across the country.

In her limited free time, Sierra enjoys reading, playing piano, “coffee shop hopping,” swimming, and playing with her adorable rabbit, Siro.

Four actors sit on chairs on a set made to look like a children's classroom, smiling and talking with one another.
How Larissa FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Play Lays the Groundwork for Native Artists Like Me

How Larissa FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Play Lays the Groundwork for Native Artists Like Me

28 August 2023

After directing Larissa FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Play at her midwestern college, Indigenous theatremaker Sierra Rosetta traveled to New York to see the same play on Broadway. She discusses the way this milestone production—which made FastHorse the first known Native American woman playwright on Broadway—and her own work push for a future in which Native theatremakers’ presence on professional stages is standard, not novel.