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 (Squamish) during the retreat at the Autry in Los Angeles. See an interview with Justin here: http://nativevoices.blogspot.com/2015/05/meet-playwright-justin-neal.html

Justin’s play is funny and heartbreaking, capturing the journey toward healing of two siblings united by a tragic loss. The actors that have been part of Native Voices for the last 20 years are top-notch, Here is a photo taken after the staged reading held at the Autry. The other reading took place at the La Jolla Playhouse (LJP) on the same day that LJP resident artist BD Wong held a gathering with members of the San Diego Native American communities to see how the Playhouse could better serve and support Native American theatre and performance. I met Miss Ami Admire of the Rincon Youth Storytellers and writer Gordon Johnston at this meeting. More on our future collaborations soon!