Vera Starbard (Tlingit/Dena’ina)

Vera Starbard (Tlingit/Dena'ina) is the resident playwright at Perseverance Theatre, editor of First Alaskans Magazine, and writer for the upcoming PBS Kids animated series Molly of Denali

Vera Starbard was born in Craig, Alaska with a Tlingit and Dena'ina heritage. She grew up all over Alaska, following her dad's job as an Alaska State Trooper, along with her mother and three siblings. She now lives in Anchorage with her husband Joe Bedard, and too many cats. 

Along with being the resident playwright at Perseverance Theatre through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's National Playwright Residency Project, Vera is also editor of First Alaskans Magazine and writer for the upcoming PBS Kids animated series Molly of Denali. She's the recipient of numerous journalism, public relations, and writing awards, including from Rasmuson Foundation, the Alaska Press Club, and the Alaska Federation of Natives. 

T’set Kwei yóo xát duwasáakw. Yeil áyá xát. Leeneidi naax xát sitee. Naakw hítdáx áyá xát. Craig kwáandáx áyá xát. T’akdeintaan yádi áyá xát.

 

 

Alaska Native Theatre Comes of Age
Essay

Alaska Native Theatre Comes of Age

19 August 2018

Vera Starbard (Tlingit/Dena’ina) introduces the series on Alaskan theatre through the lens of Alaska Native performance and storytelling.

Playwright Residency
Essay

Playwright Residency

Why Vera Starbard? Why Perseverance Theatre?

30 July 2016

Art Rotch, Executive Artistic Director of Perseverance Theatre and playwright-in-residence Vera Starbard discuss their participation in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program.

Alaska Native Theatre
Series

Alaska Native Theatre

The first Alaskans have been telling the real story of the land for thousands of years. Yet so often, these are not the stories the rest of the world, or often even the rest of Alaska, knows outside of our communities.