Contemporary Indigenous Performance

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

4:30pm ET

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Contemporary Indigenous Performance

Join us for a panel investigating and exploring the complexities of how indigenous artists create performance, dance, music and theatre in the United States. With Rhiana Yazzie, Vickie Ramirez, Maura Garcia and Opalanietet Pierce (moderator).

Featured Speakers

Ryan Victor Pierce

Moderator

Ryan Victor Pierce

Ryan Victor Pierce or "Opalanietet" is a member of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape tribal nation of New Jersey. Upon graduating from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Opalanietet has performed in workshops and productions at such renown New York theatrical institutions as New Dramatists, LaMaMa E.T.C. and New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. In November of 2020, Opalanietet made history by giving the first-ever Lenape Land Acknowledgement at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. In 2012, Opalanietet founded Eagle Project, a theater company dedicated to exploring the American identity through the performing arts and our Native American heritage, http://www.eagleprojectarts.org.

Rhiana Yazzie

Panelist

Rhiana Yazzie

Rhiana Yazzie is a 2021 Lanford Wilson and 2020 Steinberg Award winning playwright, a director, a filmmaker, and the Artistic Director of New Native Theatre, which she started in 2009 as a response to the lack of connection and professional opportunities between Twin Cities theaters and the Native community. She is a 2018 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow and was recognized with a 2017 Sally Ordway Award for Vision and has been a Playwrights’ Center fellow (McKnight 2016/17 & Jerome 2006 & 2010). A Navajo Nation citizen, she’s seen her plays on stages from Alaska to Mexico including in Carnegie Hall’s collaboration with American Indian Community House & Eagle Project. She is developing her newest play Nancy, a Native bio-perspective on Nancy Reagan, a sequel to Queen Cleopatre and Princess Pocahontas, which was commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Public Theater for the American Revolutions cycle. Her first feature film, A Winter Love, (writer/dir/prod/actor) will premiere at festivals in 2021/22.

Vickie Ramirez

Panelist

Vickie Ramirez

Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora) is a founding member of Chukalokoli and Amerinda Theater. She is an alumna of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group (2009). Honors: Resident – New Dramatists 2025, Semi-finalist for The National Playwright’s Conference 2018 (The O’Neill) and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival for Pure Native, Honorary Mention – The Kilroys List – 2019 for Pure Native and 2014 for Standoff At Hwy#37. Productions: Pure Native - Native Voices at the Autry (L.A.), Standoff at Hwy#37 – NV Autry and the University of South Dakota, Glenburn 12 WP - Summer Shorts at 59E59, Smoke - Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group at Pershing Square Signature Center. Published: Monologues for Actors of Color: Women, Monologues for Actors of Color: Men and Contemporary Plays by Women of Color Edition 2: (Routledge Press). Member: Dramatists Guild Winner: NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theater 2020 Consultant: Outer Range for Amazon TV

Maura Garcia

Panelist

Maura Garcia

Maura García (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) is a dancer, choreographer and erotic artist. Her vibrant creations channel the sensual rhythms of the natural world and inspire people to liberate themselves. She makes original work and collaborates with other creatives and clients to produce: new dance works, music videos, theatre productions, fashion shows, sex shows, live music shows, private performances and erotic print art.

At the root, Maura's luscious work is powered by a desire to bring ancestral wisdom to life, to respect the living earth and to bring happiness to people.

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