What do we say?! Many works developed through this process have gone on to enjoy successful runs on the Autry’s main stage and elsewhere. I was devastated. Red Earth Arts Center, Seattle, Washington Please come to Tahlequah! But before I’m placed in the same soil as my grandfathers and grandmother, I will work tirelessly to ensure that there comes a day when Americans are more likely to witness Native stories by Native People than non-natives performing redface. The Initiative curates original Indigenous programming, including workshops, markets, and theatrical productions, to elevate the voices and artistic works of Native communities both nationally and internationally. Some day the author will be buried there in the same soil. However, the faulty premise here is not an erroneous mathematical calculation, but rather, it is the idea that non-native people have no interest in stories by and about Native People. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462 One by one, panelists outlined a vision of theater that centers Native voices both onstage and off, in which artists and makers are no longer beholden to the desires of white bodies in white seats at white-led institutions. The article is just the start of the conversation—we want to know what you think about this subject, too! Collaborate with us—not about us. Or Rhiana Yazzie in Minneapolis. Most Watched. Native Voices at the Autry is the country’s only Equity theatre company devoted exclusively to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights. Our identity has been appropriated and used on the American stage for hundreds of years—we’ve just never had any say in it. The performance of redface in the nineteenth century served as a necessary corollary to the development of the Supreme Court’s legal regime that defined us as “heathens” and “savages,” as redface communicated the belief that Indians are not “real people.” Without this belief, genocide would not have been possible. Plays can be new works, works-in-progress, or material that has already been produced at another venue. For signing the Treaty of New Echota and acquiescing to the removal, they were considered traitors. Native Voices is a crucial part of the Autry’s mission to promote art history and cultures of the American West. MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 8, 2020) — Hennepin Theatre Trust today announced a collaboration with the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) to launch We Are Still Here, a multi-year initiative to uplift Native voices and stories in Minneapolis.With grant funding through the McKnight Foundation, We Are Still Here will bring large-scale, high profile public art by emerging Native … With the realization that redface is a colonial creation that we’ve never truly questioned, I want to highlight the “Top Five Myths” that permeate the American theatre landscape and allow the performance of redface to silence authentic Native voices. And what I learned shocked me. This could be viewed as an introduction, as many American theatres have never before worked with a Native artist. Top Five Myths that Perpetuate the Performance of Redface and Silence of Native Voices. Phone: 323.667.2000. Take for instance, the 2008 housing crisis, when millions of Americans lost their homes. 1 is based not on truth, but like redface, finds its roots in prejudicial beliefs. The continued dominant perception that American Indians are the racial stereotypes they see performed on the American stage is devastating to our sovereign right to define our own identity. And so we left. When we presented Manahatta as a workshop production at the Public this past May, we sold out every night. La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club is committed to supporting ethnic diversity, cultural pluralism, and marginalized identities in the arts. The case my grandfathers had won, Worcester v. Georgia, wasn’t in the curriculum. But when I got to law school, I was faced with an abrupt reality. The COVID-19 pandemic had dimmed the stage lights at Merr… The Initiative curates original Indigenous programming, including workshops, markets, and theatrical productions, to elevate the voices and artistic works of Native communities both nationally and internationally. It’s OK when we perform redface. I'm moved and outraged. The attempted termination of my people was almost successful, but in the end, Jackson’s plan failed. Girls, my father’s voice would boom every time our incessant complaining crossed his fatherly-defined threshold, we are going to visit the grave of a president. Today Major Ridge and John Ridge are buried in the Cherokee Polson cemetery in Jay, Oklahoma, roughly 150 yards from where John Ridge was assassinated in his home on June 22, 1839. Based in the Twin Cities, New Native Theatre is a new way of looking at, thinking about, and staging Native American stories. Native People do not make up a significant portion of the individuals who come to my theatre; they aren’t a noticeable part of my audience. Native Voices at the Autry Theaters, Los Angeleles. Nov 01 - 10 2019. It’s Thanksgiving onstage. I invite you, as my fellow theatre artists, to invite Native artists to your stages. Following this victory, my grandfather John Ridge visited President Jackson in the White House to ask how the federal government would enforce the Court’s decision. Stories and performances were constructed to allow the Court to conclude we are “racially inferior”—stories that continue to find their way to the American stage today. For the actors involved, “Almighty Voice and his Wife” is an opportunity to perform a classical work from the Native theater canon. So I turned to theatre. (You can learn more here.). We wish to pay our respects to their people past, present, and future. An object to be killed. I make mistakes every day. Let’s go. Log into Facebook to start sharing and connecting with your friends, family, and people you know. Mar 27, 2012 - Explore Native Voices's board "Theatre Around the World", followed by 208 people on Pinterest. When I was asked to curate a week of Native voices, I was both thrilled and terrified. 2017 saw the rolling world premiere of Frank’s play They Don’t Talk Back at Perseverance Theatre, Native Voices at the Autry, and La Jolla Playhouse. Andrew Jackson told him: John Marshall has issued his decision. This was no accident. Navajo Playwright Rhiana Yazzie has received a lot of recognition in the few years from theater companies such as Mixed Blood, Teatro del Pueblo, and the Playwrights’ Center, where she is currently a Jerome Fellow. She is a dramaturg (Classic Stage Company, Kate Whoriskey, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Native Voices at the Autry, Poor Dog Group) with an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University and has worked as Humanities Manager at BAM. The Autry Museum of the American West on Feb. 4 announced the appointment of DeLanna Studi as the new co-artistic director of its Native Voices theater company. As a result, if I produce a play by a Native playwright, I won’t sell any tickets. First, there is no empirical evidence to support such a conclusion. See more ideas about theatre, set design theatre, around the worlds. Today, the Supreme Court still considers Indians to be “racially inferior” “savages.” I suggest that after 200 years, it’s time to try an alternative. The week culminates with a festival of staged readings. Native Voices at the Autry, America's leading Native American theatre company, presents its 25th Annual Festival of New Plays at the Autry Museum of the American Westand La Jolla Playhouse. Just as blackface was created in the nineteenth century to support the legalization of the institution of slavery, redface was concurrently created to support the taking of Indian lands and lives. Ask me. For information on how to submit and current deadlines, please visit our Call for Scripts. In 2016 she had a residency at the Ingmar Bergman Estate in Sweden, and in 2017 was the … 1. Not long after they arrived in the Indian Territory, my grandfathers (both Major Ridge and John Ridge) were brutally assassinated by their fellow Cherokee. Although we now live in the twenty-first century, the Supreme Court continues to cite and rely on nineteenth century decisions that describe my people as “racially inferior,” “heathens,” and “savages” (Johnson v. McIntosh), “a simple, uninformed, and inferior people,” (United States v. Sandoval), and “an ignorant and dependent race” (Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock) living “in a state of pupilage” (Elk v. Wilkins, a case that concluded that Indians are the only race in the United States without a constitutional right to citizenship under the Fourteenth Amendment). In a country where the Supreme Court continues to define us as “racially inferior,” “heathens,” and “savages,” and in a country where redface remains a popular performance, the absence of our voices from the American stage constitutes nothing less than a constitutional crisis. Autry Museum of the American West Trans [Plays] of Remembrance Short Play Festival (Live-captioned), Livestreaming a Conversation: Next Generation Voices: Social Change, Youth Activism, and Writing the Future You Want To See. For the first time on a national scale, we are telling our stories. Instead of actual people with intelligent things to say about the desecration of our race, we were portrayed as a silent costume. What does it mean when, in twenty-first century America, the United States Supreme Court still classifies your people as “racially inferior?”. Her organization has worked with Native artists in New York for twenty-five years. And if you think the genocide against our people is an event of the past, you’re wrong. I watched as the saliva of our ancestors flowed through her mouth and hit that grave with an echo that turned heads and stopped conversations. … It is not something we learn about in schools or in society at large, and so I am scared that my ignorance will lead me to make mistakes should I chose to produce a Native play. Unfortunately, we just have more pressing social issues in the United States today that command our attention and focus, and my theatre can’t afford to spend time dwelling on something that happened two hundred years ago in the past. I believe that once we replace redface with authentic Native voices, the United States will be able to move forward and eradicate the laws that redface served to create. I am confident that after reading the words these seven artists have to share this week, you will share my conviction that their work, and the work of all Native artists, deserves a place on the American stage. Today, statistics reveal that Americans who go to the theatre are more likely to witness the performance of redface on stage than the performance of Native stories by Native People. Native Voices | HowlRound Theatre Commons. Or Diane Fraher at AMERINDA in New York. Theatre; Native Voices 2019 Share Facebook Twitter Linkedin Print. The only way to deconstruct a falsely fabricated prejudicial story is to tell a real one. Washington Campus will be temporarily closed to the public, beginning Saturday, March 14, until further notice. More than 4,000 died on the journey now known as The Trail of Tears. The majority of our culture was taken from us. It’s an issue of economics. The Autry is temporarily closed to visitors. Native Voices has since been able to produce over 34 full productions, gone on over 20 tours, with 23 new play festivals and 13 Native playwrights. The expression on her face. Each spring and fall, plays are workshopped and prepared for a public staged reading and discussion, giving the playwright an opportunity to hear the play—often for the first time—with a live audience. Thank you for curating this series! It’s a revolution. It’s been seven years now since my fateful realization in law school, and I am sorry to say I have had to face yet another abrupt reality. These two men, Major Ridge (Ka-Nun-Tla-Cla-Geh, he who walks along the Ridge) and his son, John Ridge, were my great-grandfathers. When Americans see Native People on stage for who we actually are—real people—it will be much more difficult to abide the century-old edict from our Supreme Court that we are “racially inferior” “savages.”. It means you have to tell your story. Founded in 1994 by Producing Artistic Director Randy Reinholz (Choctaw) and Emeritus Producing Executive Director Jean Bruce Scott, Native Voices became the resident theatre company at the Autry Museum in 1999 and has produced 26 plays (including 22 world premieres) in 39 productions, 25 New Play Festivals, 8 Short Play Festivals, 16 Playwrights Retreats, numerous national and international tours, more than 230 workshops and over 275 play readings. Recognizing that neither the federal government nor the State of Georgia would abide our right to remain on our ancestral lands, my grandfathers signed the Treaty of New Echota, agreeing to relinquish our cherished homeland in exchange for land in what is now Oklahoma. I am very thankful for these opportunities, but remain disturbed that Americans are more likely to see a performance of redface than a play about Native People by a Native person. Presented by Playwrights' Round Table at The Santos-Dantin Studio Theater at the Orlando Shakespeare Center, Orlando FL. 5. Interview Series: Desert Terror, What is a Western? Selected playwrights receive an honorarium, roundtrip airfare to California, and lodging. Native Voices 2019 . Except for a few law schools (not mine) that offer specialized federal Indian law classes, the Supreme Court’s decisions concerning American Indians were not taught, nor were they even discussed. At the The Public Theater she dramaturged such projects as Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters, ... as a playwright’s dramaturg for UC San Diego’s Wagner New Play Festival and has been a dramaturg at the Sundance Theatre Lab, Magic Theatre, Native Voices at the Autry, and Playwrights Project, among others. Wedged in the backseat between my younger sisters and their respective mountains of Barbies, the eight hour drive felt like an insufferable eternity. The First Look Series is a script development process that brings playwrights together with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors. Click to discover Living Voices. Interview Series: Tropical Cowboys, The American Art Collaborative Linked Open Data Consortium, Request for Interest: Historic Southwest Museum Campus and the Casa de Adobe. Live Theatre. In a country where the Supreme Court continues to define us as ‘racially inferior,’ ‘heathens,’ and ‘savages,’ and in a country where redface remains a popular performance, the absence of our voices from the American stage constitutes nothing less than a constitutional crisis. Occurring annually in November during the Autry Museum’s American Indian Arts Marketplace, the Short Play Festival presents professional staged readings of ten- to thirty-minute plays centered around a particular theme. Native Voices at the Autry, founded by Randy Reinholz and his wife Jean Bruce Scott, is one of the most important and prolific producers of new Native American plays. After listening to our story of survival, I knew I had to study the law. Today, Native women are more likely to be murdered than any other race in America. Landless was in the top 25% in ticket revenue of all shows at AlterTheater. Todd Brian Backus, Percival Hornak, Nicholas Orvis. Featuring plays by Jennifer Bobiwash (Mississauga First Nation), Austen Brauker (Odawa), Camaray Davalos (Payómkawichum), Lee Cataluna (Native Hawaiian), Claude Jackson, Jr. (Gila River … In 1978, the Supreme Court relied on its earlier conclusion in Johnson v. McIntosh (the 1823 decision declaring us to be “heathens and savages”) to conclude that Indian Nations could no longer exercise jurisdiction over non-Natives who commit crimes on tribal lands (Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe). Please note, this event has expired. Recommended. This week on HowlRound, we are exploring Native voices on the American stage. New Native Theater, Twin Cities, Minnesota. John Muir’s Legacy…Whose Land is it Anyway? Created in 2009 by playwright, Rhiana Yazzie, NNT produces, commissions, and devises authentic Native American stories for the stage which means NNT’s artists are intricately connected to the concerns and voices … Renea Brown, Jordan Ealey, Leticia Ridley. This was the very same Court my grandmother held in high esteem—the same Court that had recognized my grandfathers’ right—and thus my right—to exist. I would love to produce a Native playwright or collaborate with a Native artist, but I have no idea where to find them? Please click on Past Productions for a full list of previous shows. Thank you for this beautiful, clear, sharp & incredible piece! But all of my efforts would amount to nothing if I didn’t first change the story. I am unfamiliar with Native culture and identity. Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations playwrights are invited to submit their plays for the Native Voices Annual Playwrights Retreat, Festival of New Plays, Festival of Short Plays, First Look Series, and Equity productions. Our traditional live programs include our signature historical introduction, engaging multi-media performance, and post-show discussion. Native Voices has produced 22 fully realized plays (including 15 world premieres) and over 150 workshops and staged readings in its 21-year history. Native Voices at the Autry is devoted to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights. Read news, see photos and watch videos. © 2020 Autry Museum of the American West. The museum is located in Griffith Park across from the Los Angeles Zoo. We have some incredible allies who have given invaluable support to us in our struggle to tell our stories on the American stage. Early examples of redface include non-native performers putting on fake feathers and painting their faces so they can be chased and shot by the heroes of the American story: cowboys. Yes, it is true that as a result of the genocide, American Indians now make up less than 1 percent of the population in the United States, and as you can imagine, this means we do not comprise the majority of ticket sales in American theatres. So, for the 10th anniversary of the Short Play Festival, Native Voices asked playwrights, how have 'dress codes' affected you? This is simply not true. The Ensemble is devoted to developing new work in a collaborative process as well as supporting Native Voices’ ongoing focus on the work of individual playwrights. Interview Series: Picturing Indians, What is a Western? 5th Annual YIPAP Festival Celebrates Emerging Voices in Native Theater. Native Voices is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, LA Stage Alliance, and the Dramatists Guild; an associate member of the National New Play Network; and a Constituent Theatre of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre. Spiderwoman Theater, New York. Many cities, theatres, and communities began to forbid the performance of blackface in the 1960s, during the Civil Rights Movement. 3. So when we got home, I asked Grandma. A form of entertainment. The retreat and festival provide emerging and established Native American authors a rigorous opportunity to shape their plays over the course of an entire week. I found every Supreme Court decision written on the American Indian. Theater is also an avenue where Native voices can be heard. 1. The staff of HowlRound Theatre Commons at Emerson College wish to respectfully acknowledge that our offices are situated on land stolen from its original holders, the Massachuset and Wampanoag people. Receive email alerting you to new threads and the continuation of current threads. Thank you. Northbrook native Isabella Andrews is one of 10 local up-and-comers participating in Porchlight Music Theatre's virtual version of its showcase series, "New Faces Sing Broadway 1987." According to their website, the company was founded in 1993 and became the resident theater company at the Autry National Center in 1999. Frank currently serves as the Board President of Juneau Douglas Little Theatre (JDLittletheatre.org) and has been involved with Perseverance Theatre (PT) since the fall of 2008. But when I caught a glimpse of my grandma, my legs came to a standstill. The Initiative curates original Indigenous programming, including workshops, markets, and theatrical productions, to elevate the voices and artistic works of Native communities both … These cases have never been declared unconstitutional. And that’s the true gift of working with Native artists. I am excited to know that Perseverance Theatre will soon be producing Vera Starbard’s Our Voices Will be Heard. Photograph: The graves of Major Ridge and John Ridge. So this week is not an introduction. The majority of these ticket sales were to non-Natives, giving rise to a reality that Myth No. Carmelo began her career as a native dancer and musician, recording 3 CDs with Canyon Records. She is an MFA … Point is: I invite you to be a part of the solution. Institute of American Indian Arts Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe. So I read. Although I was, at the time, a straight-A student, I knew I wouldn’t find the answer in a textbook. Native Voices at the Autry is a theater company based at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles that is visiting USD to co-produce this play. AlterTheater recently finished its production of Larissa FastHorse’s Landless. In 1832, when the State of Georgia and the Executive Branch of the federal government threatened the Cherokee Nation’s very existence, my grandfathers—along with Principal Chief John Ross—took the Cherokee’s case to the Supreme Court of the United States. I struggled to make sense of it. true Performance art began as a form that predominantly combined ballet with special sound effects and limited visual design elements. 4. Submissions are evaluated annually by our National Reading Panel, which is composed of nationally recognized theatre artists, directors, dramaturgs, and decision makers from professional theatre companies and universities across the United States—as well as by the Native Voices artistic and executive directors. New plays take the stage this month. Monday 16 November to Wednesday 18 November, Indigenous, First Nations, Native Theatre. 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