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Indigenous Women Playwrights Panel

March 13, 2018

This spring, three Indigenous, female playwrights will present their work on Oregon’s top stages at the same time: Manahatta by Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee) at Oregon Shakespeare Festival Mar. 28 - Oct. 27,  And So We Walked, written and performed by DeLanna Studi (Cherokee) at The Armory Mar. 31 - May 13 and of course The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota) here at Artists Rep, Apr. 1 - Apr. 29.

It's a ground breaking convergence of award-winning, distinguished playwrights. The three playwrights will participate in a series of panel discussions around Portland in April, and Artists Rep is proud to be hosting one of them.

All panels are free and open to the public.


TITLE: SOCIAL JUSTICE: Telling Native stories to re-humanize Native people

MODERATED BY: Jacqueline Keeler

DATE & TIME: Monday, April 9, 2-4pm

LOCATION: Old Church Concert Hall (1422 SW 11th Ave, 97201)

PRESENTED BY: Advance Gender Equity in the Arts


TITLE: RESPONSIBILITY TO REPRESENT: What is the artists responsibility to their community and how does it inspire/empower the future generations of indigenous artists

MODERATED BY: Alyssa Macy (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs)

DATE & TIME: Monday, April 9, 7.30-9.30pm *Join us for a reception before the panel at 6:30pm!

LOCATION: NAYA (5135 NE Columbia Blvd, 97218)

PRESENTED BY: Artists Repertory Theatre, NAYA and Native Arts & Cultures Foundation


TITLE: WOMEN ON STAGE: Women's voices are becoming a national theatre movement. As we celebrate native women playwrights, and new work in general, how did we get here, and what are the challenges still ahead?

MODERATED BY: Cynthia Furhman

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, April 10, 5.30-6.30pm

LOCATION: The Armory (128 NW 11th Ave, 97209)

PRESENTED BY: The Armory  and Native Arts & Cultures Foundation


Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota)

Larissa is an award winning playwright, director and choreographer.  Larissa's produced plays include What Would Crazy Horse Do? (KCRep, Relative Theatrics), Urban Rez (Cornerstone Theater Company, ASU Gammage, NEFA National tour 2019-20), Landless and Cow Pie Bingo (AlterTheater), Average Family (Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis), Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation (Native Voices at the Autry), Vanishing Point (Eagle Project) and Cherokee Family Reunion (Mountainside Theater).  The Thanksgiving Play will also be produced by Playwrights Horizons and Cincinnati Playhouse next season.  Larissa directed the critically acclaimed play, Our Voices Will Be Heard (Perseverance Theater Company).

Additional theaters that have commissioned or developed plays with Larissa include History Theater, Kennedy Center TYA, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Arizona Theater Company, Mixed Blood, Perseverance Theater Company, The Lark Playwrights Week, the Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor.  Larissa was awarded the PEN USA Literary Award for Drama, NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, Joe Dowling Annamaghkerrig Fellowship, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Inge Residency, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, the UCLA Native American Program Woman of the Year and numerous Ford, Mellon and NEA Grants.  She is a current member of the Playwright’s Union, Director’s Lab West 2015, and Playwright’s Center Core Writers.  She is represented by Jonathan Mills at Paradigm NY.


Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee)

Mary Kathryn Nagle was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She graduated summa cum laude from Tulane Law School where she was the recipient of the Judge John Minor Wisdom Award. She is a partner at Pipestem Law P.C., a firm specializing in the restoration of tribal sovereignty and safety for Native women. Her play Manahatta will be produced in Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2018 season, and her play Sovereignty will be produced in Arena Stage's 2017-2018 Season. Other recent productions include AMERINDA’s presentation of Miss Lead at 59e59 from January 13-26, 2014 and Native Voices at the Autry's production of Fairly Traceable in March 2017. Nagle is an alum of the 2013 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater, and an alum of the Civilians 2014 Research & Development Group. Nagle is the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program, a program designed to develop Native voices in the American theater and ensure that Native plays reach the American stage.


DeLanna Studi (Cherokee)

Originally from Liberty, Oklahoma, DeLanna Studi is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation. As an actor, her theater credits include Off-Broadway’s Informed Consent at the Duke Theater on 42nd Street, productions at major regional theaters such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage at The Armory (Astoria: Part One and Two), Cornerstone and Indiana Repertory Theater, the First National Broadway Tour of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County, and work at numerous community settings across Indian Country. DeLanna has originated roles in over seventeen world premieres including fourteen Native productions written about and by Natives. Her television roles in the Hallmark/ABC mini-series Dreamkeeper and Chris Eyre’s Edge of America have won her numerous awards. She has been an ensemble member of America’s only Equity Native American Theater Company, Native Voices at the Autry, for over 15 years. She has served her community for over eight years as the chair of SAG-AFTRA’s National Native Committee, where under her leadership they have produced an award-winning industrial film about American Indians in the entertainment industry and have created a “Business of Acting” workshop that tours Indian Country. DeLanna was the 2016 Butcher Scholar Award from The Autry Museum of the American West. She has been a mentor for the Mentor Artist Playwright Program, Young Native Playwrights and the American Indian Film Institute’s Tribal Touring Program. She has been an artist-in-residence at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the University of Wisconsin, where she co-taught Native American Oral Histories and Storytelling and American Indian in Film at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. Her most recent project, And So We Walked, is a frank, heartwarming and inspiring story about a contemporary Cherokee woman and her father who embark on an incredible 900-mile journey along the Trail of Tears to truly understand her own identity and the conflicts of her nation. 

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