Indigenous, First Nations, Native Theatre

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What Indigenous Writers Can Bring to Theatre
Essay

What Indigenous Writers Can Bring to Theatre

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

Healing Stories from Naa Kahidi Theatre

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

Navigating Western Theatre And Ancient Inupiaq Responsibilities

by Lucas Rowley (Inupiaq)
20 August 2018
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Andrew Jackson Is Not As Bad As You Think—He’s Far, Far Bloodier
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Andrew Jackson Is Not As Bad As You Think—He’s Far, Far Bloodier

26 February 2015

Suzan Shown Harjo, a recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, discusses the prevalence of redface on American stages and how disrespect of Native identity extends to land and bodies.

A Red Face in the Crowd
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A Red Face in the Crowd

Identities of a Native American Two-Spirit Writer

25 February 2015

Ty Defoe explores what his many identities make him, what it is to be two-spirit, and the kind of art it has inspired him to make.

The Current State of Native Theatre
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The Current State of Native Theatre

24 February 2015

Randy Reinholz shares his experiences as producing artistic director of The Autry—the only Equity theatre dedicated to Native playwrights.

The Indian(s) in the Attic—Divining a Message from August
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The Indian(s) in the Attic—Divining a Message from August

Osage County

23 February 2015

Native voices week continues! August: Osage County’s Kimberly Guerrero explores her work on the show, and what lesson the American theatre can learn from it.

Native Voices On the American Stage
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Native Voices On the American Stage

A Constitutional Crisis

22 February 2015

Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle kicks off Native Voices Week, “Instead of Redface,” with a personal story about how she came to playwriting from law school and the imperative to tell Native stories.

Alaska Native Theatre
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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.

The Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE) and the Vrystaat Arts Festival, Bloemfontein, South Africa—Saturday 7 July to Sunday 8 July 2018
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The Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE) and the Vrystaat Arts Festival, Bloemfontein, South Africa—Saturday 7 July to Sunday 8 July 2018

The Vrystaat Arts Festival • Tsa-Botjhaba is an Afrikaans language festival that forges creative connections with English and Sotho cultures. They contribute to the exchange of ideas around arts, culture and society through connections with other national and international creative communities. PACE is a biannual arts market for African artists, developed for national and international presenters and producers, providing the highest quality inter-disciplinary arts (theatre, dance, music, craft, etc) from Africa, to buyers, artists and the general public.

Keynote Speeches from the IETM Porto Plenary Meeting, Portugal—Thursday 26 April to Saturday 28 April 2018
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Keynote Speeches from the IETM Porto Plenary Meeting, Portugal—Thursday 26 April to Saturday 28 April 2018

IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts presented three keynotes from the IETM Porto Plenary Meeting 2018 livestreamed on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 26 April, Friday 27 April, and Saturday 28 April. Share your impressions and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #IETMPorto.

Performance of A Tale of Two Tricksters from Pregones Theater in The Bronx, New York City and Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, Alaska—Saturday 14 April 2018
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Performance of A Tale of Two Tricksters from Pregones Theater in The Bronx, New York City and Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, Alaska—Saturday 14 April 2018

The fifth season of Artspace’s Art Bridge program culminated in Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and Alaska Native Heritage Center presenting an experimental workshop performance of A Tale of Two Tricksters, livestreamed from the The Bronx in New York City and Anchorage, Alaska on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv. Tune in Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -3) / 5 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7) / 4 p.m. AKDT (Anchorage, UTC -8).

Panel "Responsibility to Represent" with Indigenous Artists Larissa FastHorse, Mary Kathryn Nagle, DeLanna Studi, and Alyssa Macy in Portland, Oregon—Monday 9 April 2018
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Panel "Responsibility to Represent" with Indigenous Artists Larissa FastHorse, Mary Kathryn Nagle, DeLanna Studi, and Alyssa Macy in Portland, Oregon—Monday 9 April 2018

Artists Repertory Theatre, NAYA, and Native Arts & Cultures Foundation in Portland, Oregon presented the panel discussion “Responsibility to Represent: What is the artists responsibility to their community and how does it inspire/empower future generations of indigenous artists?” livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 9 April 2018 at 7:30 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 9:30 p.m. CDT(Chicago) / 10:30 p.m. EDT (New York).

Jean-François Côté: The Revival of Aboriginal Theater Metamorphosis of the Americas at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City—Monday 26 March 2018
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Jean-François Côté: The Revival of Aboriginal Theater Metamorphosis of the Americas at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City—Monday 26 March 2018

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented Jean-François Côté: The Revival of Aboriginal Theater Metamorphosis of the Americas livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 26 March at 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco). Follow @HowlRound on Twitter for updates, and use #howlround.

Performance of Don’t Feed the Indians—A Divine Comedy Pageant at LaMaMa in New York—Sunday 12 November 2017
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Performance of Don’t Feed the Indians—A Divine Comedy Pageant at LaMaMa in New York—Sunday 12 November 2017

La MaMa in New York City presented a performance of Don't Feed the Indians—A Divine Comedy Pageant livestreamed from CultureHub on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 12 November at 19:00 GMT (London) / 2 p.m. EST (New York) / 1 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 11 a.m. PST (Vancouver) / 10 a.m. AKST (Anchorage). In Twitter, use #howlround.

 

 

a performance of Ping Chong's ALAXSXA at LaMaMa in New York—Saturday 14 October 2017
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a performance of Ping Chong's ALAXSXA at LaMaMa in New York—Saturday 14 October 2017

La MaMa Experimental Theater Club presented a performance of ALAXSXA, a production of Ping Chong + Company, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound.TV network on Saturday 14 October at 7:00 p.m. EDT (New York) / 6:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4:00 p.m. PDT (San Francisco).

The 2016 TCG National Conference: Theatre Nation in Washington, DC—Thursday 23 June - Saturday 25 June 2016
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The 2016 TCG National Conference: Theatre Nation in Washington, DC—Thursday 23 June - Saturday 25 June 2016

Theatre Communications Group presented the 2016 TCG National Conference: Theatre Nation (ASL-interpreted) livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 23 June to Saturday 25 June. Share your thoughts and media with hashtags #TCG16 and #howlround in all social media platforms. Follow @TCG and @HowlRoundTV in Twitter for updates.

Discussion: Arts/Culture: Social Justice and Social Change in relation to Indigenous Communities with Safe Harbors Indigenous Arts/Theater Collective, La MaMa, and CultureHub in New York—Wednesday 6 April 2016
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Discussion: Arts/Culture: Social Justice and Social Change in relation to Indigenous Communities with Safe Harbors Indigenous Arts/Theater Collective, La MaMa, and CultureHub in New York—Wednesday 6 April 2016

La MaMa in New York City presented Safe Harbors Indigenous Arts/Theater Collective at Culturehub's Arts/Culture: Social Justice and Social Change discussion livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 6 April at 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. EDT (New York) / 11:30 p.m.-4 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. MDT (Alberta) / 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. PDT (Vancouver) / 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. AKDT (Alaska) / 6:30 a.m.-11 a.m. HAST (Hawaii) / 16:30-21:00 GMT / 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. BST (London) / 18:30-23:00 CEST (Brussels). On Twitter, use #howlround and follow @LaMamaETC@CultureHubNYC, and @HowlRoundTV

The Arizona Performing Arts Summit at Xico Arte Y Cultura in Phoenix—Sunday 20 March 2016
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The Arizona Performing Arts Summit at Xico Arte Y Cultura in Phoenix—Sunday 20 March 2016

New England Foundation for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in association with the Tucson Pima Arts CouncilDNAWORKS, and the Performing Arts Department at the Institute of American Indian Arts presented the The Arizona Performing Arts Summit livestreamed from Xico Arte Y Cultura  in Phoenix on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 20 March at 12 p.m. PDT - 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 1 p.m. MDT - 7 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 2 p.m. CDT - 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 3 p.m. EDT - 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / 19:00 GMT - 01:00 GMT (London). In Twitter, use #howlround and follow @NEFA_Boston and @howlroundtv

Performance of My Father’s Bones about Olympian Jim Thorpe at National Congress of the American Indians at New Native Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota—Monday 29 June 2015
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Performance of My Father’s Bones about Olympian Jim Thorpe at National Congress of the American Indians at New Native Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota—Monday 29 June 2015

New Native Theatre presented a staged reading of My Father’s Bones in St. Paul, Minnesota, at the Mid-Year Conference of the National Congress of the American Indians. My Father’s Bones is a play by Suzan Shown Harjo and Mary Kathryn Nagle that recounts the struggle of Jack, Bill and Richard Thorpe to recover the remains of their father—the unmatched Olympian Jim Thorpe—so that he can buried with their relatives in Sac and Fox Nation land. The play was livestreamed on the global commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday, June 29 at 1:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 12:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 11:30 a.m. MDT (Denver) / 10:30 a.m. PDT (Vancouver). A talkback will follow.

My Father’s Bones, a play by Suzan Shown Harjo and Mary Kathryn Nagle about Olympian Jim Thorpe at the Native American Rights Fund in Oklahoma City—3 June 2015
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My Father’s Bones, a play by Suzan Shown Harjo and Mary Kathryn Nagle about Olympian Jim Thorpe at the Native American Rights Fund in Oklahoma City—3 June 2015

On June 3, 2015, the Native American Rights Fund presented a staged reading of My Father’s Bones in Oklahoma City, OK, a play by Suzan Shown Harjo and Mary Kathryn Nagle that recounts the struggle of Jack, Bill and Richard Thorpe to recover the remains of their father—the unmatched Olympian Jim Thorpe—so that he can buried with their relatives in Sac and Fox Nation land.

A Call for Solidarity: A Real-Time Networked Performance Linking Hawaii, Alaska, and NYC—Wednesday 15 April 2015
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A Call for Solidarity: A Real-Time Networked Performance Linking Hawaii, Alaska, and NYC—Wednesday 15 April 2015

A Call for Solidarity—a real-time networked performance linking Hawaii, Alaska, and New York City—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 15 April at 8 p.m. EDT (New York) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 5 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 4 p.m. AKDT (Alaska) / 2 p.m. HAST (Hawaii).

Sliver of a Full Moon, A Play About Justice for Native Women at Yale Law School in New Haven—Tuesday 31 March 2015
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Sliver of a Full Moon, A Play About Justice for Native Women at Yale Law School in New Haven—Tuesday 31 March 2015

Yale Law School presented a reading of Sliver of a Full Moon, the powerful play written by playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle, from the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and Mohegan Director Madeline Sayet livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 31 March at 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4:30 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 3:30 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 2:30 p.m. AKDT (Anchorage). 

Native Voices
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Native Voices

A collection of First Nations voices as they share their experiences in (North) American theatremaking.

Performance of Native American playwrights/activists Suzan Shown Harjo and Mary Kathryn Nagle’s My Father’s Bones about Olympian Jim Thorpe at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia—Thursday 12 February 2015
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Performance of Native American playwrights/activists Suzan Shown Harjo and Mary Kathryn Nagle’s My Father’s Bones about Olympian Jim Thorpe at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia—Thursday 12 February 2015

Penn Cultural Heritage Center and the Penn Museum in Philadelphia presented a staged reading and discussion of My Father’s Bones—a short play by nationally renowned Native American writers and activists Suzan Shown Harjo and Mary Kathryn Nagle— livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 12 February at 5:30 p.m. EST (New York) / 4:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 2:30 p.m. PST (Vancouver) / 22:30 GMT (London).

La MaMa’s Urban Indigenous Arts & Culture Symposium Performance of Don't Feed the Indians—A Divine Comedy Pageant at La MaMa in New York—Friday 14 November 2014
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La MaMa’s Urban Indigenous Arts & Culture Symposium Performance of Don't Feed the Indians—A Divine Comedy Pageant at La MaMa in New York—Friday 14 November 2014

La MaMa in New York City presented the Urban Indigenous Arts & Culture Symposium performance of Don't Feed the Indians—A Divine Comedy Pageant from CultureHub  livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 14 November at 18:00 GMT (London) / 1 p.m. EST (Toronto) / 12 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 10 a.m. PST (Vancouver) / 9 a.m. AKST (Anchorage). In Twitter, use #howlround.

Sliver of a Full Moon by Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle in New York—Sunday 21 September 2014
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Sliver of a Full Moon by Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle in New York—Sunday 21 September 2014

The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, the Indian Law Resource Center, and the National Congress of American Indians presented Sliver of a Full Moon, a powerful new play by Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle as part of the United Nations’ World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 21 September at 1 p.m. EDT (New York) / 12 p.m. CDT / 11 a.m. MDT / 10 a.m. PDT / 9 a.m. AKDT (Alaska) at the Church Center for the United Nations Chapel in New York, and then again on Joe's Pub Youtube page at 7 p.m. EDT (New York) / 6 p.m. CDT / 5 p.m. MDT / 4 p.m. PDT / 3 p.m. AKDT (Alaska) at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in New York.