Vera Starbard at Perseverance Theatre

Playwright

Vera Starbard was born in Craig, Alaska with an Alaska Native heritage (Tlingit and Dena’ina Athabascan). She began editing newspapers in 2000, and has made writing and editing part of her work since, including recent years in the field of public relations. She was editor of the Anchorage Native News for six years, and was a contributor to the University of Alaska Anchorage's Book of the Year, Alaska's Native People: A Call to Understanding. Vera completed a historical fiction book in 2010 with an Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation, and has received numerous awards for writing and editing from the Public Relations Society of America, Alaska Professional Communicator's Society, Alaska Press Club, and the Alaska Federation of Natives. Vera is currently the Editor of First Alaskans Magazine, and owner of Writing Raven Communications. She, along with her husband Joe Bedard and three playwrights from the Alaska Native Playwright Project, founded an Alaska Native theatre company called Dark Winter Productions in 2013. She is also a founding member of the Alaska Native Media Group.

Theatre

Perseverance Theatre’s mission is to create professional theatre by and for Alaskans. We value community engagement, cross-cultural collaboration, professional rigor, and regional voice.

How has this residency changed the theatre, and how has this residency changed the playwright? — March 2018

More from the Residency

a lake surrounded by mountains
What Does the Play Need?
Essay

What Does the Play Need?

Why I Cancelled a Workshop in Favor of a Two-Week Trip Through Rural Alaska

6 May 2019

Playwright Vera Starbard (Tlingit/Dena’ina) reflects on her journey through rural Alaskan Native communities to reawaken the ancestral spirit of her work, Native Pride (and Prejudice).

What Indigenous Writers Can Bring to Theatre
Essay

What Indigenous Writers Can Bring to Theatre

22 August 2018

Ishmael Hope (Tlingit) writes about why we need to support Native playwrights.

Healing Stories from Naa Kahidi Theatre
Essay

Healing Stories from Naa Kahidi Theatre

21 August 2018

Actor and former Naa Kahidi Theatre ensemble member Allan Hayton(Gwich’in) reflects on the history of the company and how theatre can be used as a tool for community building and healing.

Navigating Western Theatre And Ancient Inupiaq Responsibilities
Essay

Navigating Western Theatre And Ancient Inupiaq Responsibilities

20 August 2018

Playwright Lucas Rowley (Inupiaq) reflects on navigating expectations of Western theatre while also balancing his Inupiaq traditions and community responsibilities.

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.