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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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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Is there a Doctor in the house?

I have recently finished my PhD in Theatre and Dance at the University of California San Diego. There are countless wonderful people who have made this journey possible and I will take a moment to name them here. It is a long list so if you just want to see the photos (courtesy of David Baillot), stop here! I would like to thank the scholars, artists, mentors, and friends I have met on this...
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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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