Adieu James Luna

We lost a great human being on March 4, 2018. I first got to know James Luna as a spectator, as someone who admired his work. When I started teaching at UC San Diego, I organized a reading of one of Mr. Preston Arrow-weed's plays. I was thrilled to see James Luna in the audience (and more than a little star-struck). I gathered my courage and introduced myself : we talked, me all formal, and him...
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Native Film and Storytelling Institute at UC San Diego

Check out this wonderful event organized by Dr. Justin De Leon, the Intertribal Resource Center at UC San Diego (headed by Dr. Elena Hood) and myself  at UC San Diego. We hosted a first residency on Kumeyaay territory at UC San Diego where Native American filmmakers could learn, share and build content together. Filmmakers were paired with folks from the industry (they met Jade Begay from...
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Poetic Landscapes, March 1st at The Loft (on the UCSD campus)

I am thrilled to work with Professor Gloria Chacon from the Literature Department to organize Poetic Landscapes, UC San Diego's first evening of Indigenous poetry, storytelling, and spoken word.  Our guests for this first edition: Gordon Johnson, Tria Blu Wakpa, Amrah Salomon, and Diana Cervera. We are extremely happy to report that the Rincon Youth Storytellers, a group of young artists from...
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A visit from Lynne Jennings of the San Diego Guild of Puppetry

This fall, I am teaching an undergraduate course on Theatre for Young Audiences with a focus on social change. It's great to go back to my roots. I started doing socially engaged theatre when I was 15 years old with Le Théâtre des Lueurs in Ottawa. I did not realize it at the time, but Le Théâtre des Lueurs really embodied what art as social practice ought to be. The play, devised after...
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California Native American Day -New Calendar of Events

A new year, a new calendar of events! For its 10th anniversary, the series has a common theme, "Unsettled Stories: Reclaiming This Land," which represents well the tensions and the stakes at the heart of UCSD's relationship (or lack thereof) with the Native American communities of San Diego county. Come join us for some thought-provoking talks, for films or for an evening of Indigenous poetry,...
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Sallie Lyons

Sallie Lyons was my movement teacher at the University of Toronto but she was much more than that... She gave me tough love, support, and great advices. She helped me find my breath, my voice, and, often, my courage. Her teaching was central to my journey as an undergraduate student and I am forever grateful for having met her. She retired last spring and I was able to participate in her...
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Native Voices at the Autry

Do you know about the Native Voices at the Autry Festival of New Plays? You should! Co-founded by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw) and Jean Bruce Scott, this festival has been nurturing the voices of new Indigenous playwrights for two decades now. See some of their work here: https://theautry.org/native-voices/theatre-native-voices Last spring, I served as dramaturg for Too Damn Proud by Justin Neal...
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UC Riverside Indigenous Choreographers Project 2015

Last May, I had the tremendous privilege of taking part in the University of California Riverside Indigenous Choreographers Project with a group of immensely talented and thought-provoking artists/scholars. The project is organized by Professor Jacqueline Shea Murphy from UCR whose generosity really set the tone for this encounter. The line up was incredible and if you do not know these artists,...
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