Indigenous, First Nations, Native Theatre

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What Does the Play Need?
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What Does the Play Need?

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

by Vera Starbard (Tlingit/Dena’ina)
6 May 2019
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
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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.

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.

group of Hawaiian performers singing onstage
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 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.