Indigenous, First Nations, Native Theatre

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What Indigenous Writers Can Bring to Theatre
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What Indigenous Writers Can Bring to Theatre

by Ishmael Hope
22 August 2018
Healing Stories from Naa Kahidi Theatre
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Healing Stories from Naa Kahidi Theatre

by Allan Hayton (Gwich’in)
21 August 2018
Navigating Western Theatre And Ancient Inupiaq Responsibilities
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Navigating Western Theatre And Ancient Inupiaq Responsibilities

by Lucas Rowley (Inupiaq)
20 August 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Decolonizing Creation Processes by Reclaiming Narratives
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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.

Manahatta's Gender Flip
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Manahatta's Gender Flip

Equity in Action

2 April 2018

Holly Derr discusses the dramaturgical implications of playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle changing one of her characters to a woman in her newest play Manahatta, which premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in March 2018.

Off the Rails
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Off the Rails

Look at Shakespeare, See a Native Play

22 January 2018

Off the Rails, which was produced at OSF in October, shows how Native plays can include depictions or descriptions of Native history as an element of lived experience, not as the entirety of the play’s purpose.

Announcing the HowlRound Challenge Convenings
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Announcing the HowlRound Challenge Convenings

4 October 2017

HowlRound announces the four selected convening proposals for the HowlRound Challenge, a new initiative to incubate ideas and seed action to make a better theatre and a better world.

The Breathing Hole and Inuit Cultural Dramaturgy
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The Breathing Hole and Inuit Cultural Dramaturgy

22 September 2017

Canadian playwright Colleen Murphy writes about the importance of including Indigenous characters in plays and Indigenous artists in the process of making them.

Theatre History Podcast #46
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #46

Reimagining Shakespeare’s Legacy with Madeline Sayet

14 September 2017

Madeline Sayet joins us to talk about how she's producing Shakespeare's work with Native American artists to place them in a new, more diverse context.

AsiaTOPA
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AsiaTOPA

Redefining Performing Arts Festivals

30 August 2017

Ambassador Cynthia P. Schneider, who attended the AsiaTOPA Performance Festival in Australia, reflects how as the United States devalues diversity and imposes restrictions on immigration, Australia recognizes the value of its relationship with its Asian neighbors, and of its own diverse population.

Les Productions Ondinnok
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Les Productions Ondinnok

On the Experience of Making Indigenous Theatre in Quebec, Canada / Les Productions Ondinnok: Sobre la Experiencia de Hacer Teatro Indígena en Quebec en Canadá

11 June 2017

In this installment, Choreographer Carlos Rivera talks about indigenous theatre in Quebec, highlighting the work of Yves Sioui Durand and Catherine Juntas of Les Productions Ondinnok.

The Native Language of Inclusion
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The Native Language of Inclusion

An Interview with Ty Defoe

21 May 2017

Ryan Leeds interviews Ty Defoe about winning the Jonathan Larson Grant, his show Crane: On Earth, In Sky, and how his identity influences his work.

Finding a Rock and Gaining an Audience
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Finding a Rock and Gaining an Audience

24 March 2017

Madeline Sayet reflects on her ancestor Sachem Mahomet Weyonomon, and advocates supporting Native stories and theatremakers.

Letters from Canadians to Americans
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Letters from Canadians to Americans

Yvette Nolan

14 February 2017

In the first installment of this new series, a collaboration with Canada’s SpiderWebShow, Yvette Nolan ponders the porous boundary between the United States and Canada, and the importance of theatrical communication in difficult political times.

The Thanksgiving Play
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The Thanksgiving Play

an interview with playwright Larissa FastHorse

23 November 2016

Dramaturg Deanie Vallone talks with playwright Larissa FastHorse about The Thanksgiving Play, writing a play with all white characters, and the obligation artists and institutions have to their area’s Indigenous community.

Getting Specific
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Getting Specific

One Playwright’s Complicated Casting Choices

27 September 2016

Kicking off #IdentityWeek, Playwright Larissa FastHorse discusses workshopping her play What Would Crazy Horse Do? at Santa Clara University, and advocates the playwright’s voice in casting choices. 

Native Communities and Climate Change, Center Stage
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Native Communities and Climate Change, Center Stage

19 September 2016

Playwright Jaisey Bates urges us to include Native communities and artists in the work to combat climate change and in the work we put on stage.

Whose Story to Tell? Akron, Ohio Relates to the Indigenous Amazon
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Whose Story to Tell? Akron, Ohio Relates to the Indigenous Amazon

7 June 2016

Amy Schwabauer on Death of a Man by Jairo Cuesta in Akron, Ohio.

Mourning Becomes Arctic Requiem
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Mourning Becomes Arctic Requiem

The Story of Luke Cole and Kivalina

22 September 2015

Playwright Sharmon Hilfinger discusses how she developed Artic Requiem: The Story of Kivalina with composer Joan McMillen.

Native Theatre in Oregon
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Native Theatre in Oregon

26 June 2015

Waylon Lenk considers how the University of Oregon and Southern Oregon University are doing Native theatre and compares their models to his approach to organizing a reading series by Native authors at Oregon State University.

Welcome to Mississippi
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Welcome to Mississippi

17 March 2015

Carlton Turner's address on the state of the arts in Mississipi from the Mississipi Performing Arts Summit, held February 15-16, 2015 in Jackson, MS. 

What Sort of Bridge Will You Build?
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What Sort of Bridge Will You Build?

1 March 2015

In the last installation of the Native Voices series, Madeline Sayet explores how we can use story to build bridges between worlds.

Art
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Art

A Prescription for My Stomachache

28 February 2015

Christopher K. Morgan explores what it is to feel at home in a place he’s never lived, and how to use art to cure his need for home.

Do White Playwrights Think About This?
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Do White Playwrights Think About This?

27 February 2015

Larissa FastHorse explores the issues she deals with as a Native playwright, from finding an agent to what happens when she has to un-Native American a character.