Indigenous, First Nations, Native Theatre

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At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy
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At the Core of Theatre for Young Audiences is Voicing Identity, Intersectionality, and Empathy

by Kim Peter Kovac
20 March 2019
Striving for the Summit
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Striving for the Summit

The Mountain Hawaiian Theatre Artists Must Climb

by Ākea Kahikina
7 March 2019
Hawaiʻi’s Theatre Landscape
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Hawaiʻi’s Theatre Landscape

Majestic and Rugged as its Terrain

by Kiki Rivera
6 March 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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.

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.

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The Foundation and Rise of Hawaiian Theatre
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The Foundation and Rise of Hawaiian Theatre

Eia Hawai‘inuiākea

This series explores the fundamental elements of Hawaiian theatre while highlighting the elevation and expansion of hana keaka (Hawaiian-medium theatre) across our island chain.

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.