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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Staged Reading at UCSD

The students of my TDHT101 Native American Performance class spent the quarter studying plays and performances by First Nations artists from Canada and the US like Marie Clements, Tomson Highway, Shirley Cheechoo, Spiderwoman Theatre, Monique Mojica, Yvette Nolan, and Randy Reinholz. They also examined the work of visual artist Nadia Myre, of hip hop artists Samian and Shauit, of the DJs A Tribe...
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Working with The Trip

Check out the photos of The Trip's adaptation of Orpheus and Eurydice, written and directed by Tom Dugdale, and performed last December at the Molli and Arthur Wagner Theatre in San Diego. I worked as a dramaturg with Tom on this production which was nominated for a Craig Noel Award. The Trip is a young theatre company in San Diego and seeing their work always reminds me of why I love theatre...
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Dee(a)r Spine

There is nothing I love more than accompanying an artist on a journey of exploration and discovery. Sam Mitchell is a current MFA student in the Dance-Theatre program at UCSD and working with him on his piece Dee(a)r Spine has been an immense pleasure. The piece, which he developed with musician Tommy Babin was presented last week as part of WinterWorks' 14 along with the beautiful work of his...
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New Theatre touring in San Diego Schools

Last fall, I had the great pleasure of collaborating with fantastic playwright Kristin Idaszak , Professor Judy Bauerlein at CalState San Marcos and her students in the Theatre Department. Idaszak penned two fantastic new plays -Captain Becca the Feared Buccaneer and Rosy-Fingered Dawn and the Winged-Sandals- two ludic and thought-provoking adaptations of Greek myths for young audiences. The...
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Québékoisie

I recently acted as a dramaturgical consultant for Québékoisie, a documentary film by Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins of MÖfilms on the relationship between Québécois and the 11 First Nations of what is now known as the province of Québec. The film has just been released and is garnering excellent reviews. It was awarded the Magnus Isaacson Award at Les Rencontres Internationales du...
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The Rest is Silence

An experimental and experiential dance theatre performance inspired by the death scenes of Shakespearian heroines and directed by Janet Hayatshahi. Performers: Emily Aust, Jane Blount, Julie Burelle, Christine Herde, Lily Kelting, Regan Linton, Larissa Lury, and Heather Ramey. Presented in February 2012 at the Mandell Weiss Theatre in La Jolla California. Photos by Gaeun Kim and Manuel...
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Class Ick! de Cons Truck Ted

A re-examination, re-configuration, re-interpretation, de/re-hydration, illumination, exhumation, and contamination of what we think we might know about the story of Agamemnon. Presented as part of Archive Fever at the University Gallery, University of California, San Diego, March 2011. Performed by Janet Hayatshahi, Julie Burelle, Alicia Peterson Baskel, and Anya Cloud. Photos by Jim Carmody.
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System Sweeping Tangent

A three-hour installation performance; a container for questions, nothingness, lineage, and choreography through bodies in relationship to time. Presented as part of Archive Fever at the University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego, March 2011 Performed by Anya Cloud, Alicia Peterson Baskel, Julie Burelle, Janet Hayatshahi, Rebecca Salzer and Kyle Sorenson (on Skype) Sound Design...
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