12/5/12 Playwright Rhianna Yazzie and company members of New Native Theatre

 

Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday December 5, 2012 as she talks with Rhiana Yazzie and some cast members from New Native Theatre (NNT), a sparkling addition to the arts community in Minneapolis.

 

Rhiana Yazzie, New Native Theatre Artistic Director is an enrolled Navajo playwright originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her work has been seen on stages from Alaska to Mexico with 5 new play productions across the US since 2008.  She is also an acclaimed writer of audio plays and theatre for young audiences.  Most recently her play CHILE POD which was produced by La Jolla Playhouse, toured to almost 18,000 students in Southern California.  She is a two time recipient of a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Playwriting Fellowship (2010/2011 and 2006/2007) and is a Playwrights’ Center Core Member.  Recently, Rhiana was jointly commissioned by the Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the NY Public Theater to write a play for American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle.  She is the Artistic Director and creator of New Native Theatre that just produced2012: The Musical! in which she produced, wrote, co-directed, sung, and acted.  Check outwww.newnativetheatre.org for more info about the Upper Mid West's only professional Native American Theatre.

On the show with her are:

Inez DeCoteau - I am enrolled with the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, located in Belcourt North Dakota.  I’ve been a part of the New Native Theatre Ensemble since October of 2010.  I love the art of acting and creating a character from a script.  I have always had a hidden heart for the art but just began to pursue it.  I have been inThe Dreaming Bundle (2010), But Baby I Love You (2011) and 2012: The Musical performed at the Bedlam 10 Fest 2011 & 2012, Dakota 38 by Rob Thomas (May 2012) at the History Theatre,  and most recently a voice over for the Minnesota History Center, The memory of Irene Stewart (Goes to War With) whose memories of boarding school will be a permanent exhibit after Thanksgiving 2012.

Emmy Her Many Horses is Sicangu and Oglala Lakota, and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. She was born and raised on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Currently, she is attending the University of Minnesota for a Master of Education degree in Special Education. Emmy has been recognized as a 2011 White House Champion of Change for her work with the Lakota Star Spangled Banner Project. For the last 2 years, Emmy has taken lessons with Vicky Mountain at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, where she performs in recitals. On occasion, she performs sketch comedy with New Native Theatre. 

 

New Native Theatre (NNT) is an organization dedicated to producing theatre and theatrical events by and for Native audiences and the broader community.  It is, like its name suggests, a new way of looking at, thinking about, and staging Native American stories. It is the first Native American organization of its kind to emerge in Minnesota with ambitions to become a professional theatre.

During the three years NNT has been in operation, it has greatly progressed the quality and quantity of Native theatre experiences in Minnesota. NNT is successfully invigorating the Native community and engaging non-Native communities through play productions, actor training, audience development, and the establishment of the first permanent home for Native theatre in Minnesota.

Founder, playwright, Rhiana Yazzie has officially been calling the company and events she’s created in the Native community since October of 2009, “New Native Theatre”.

Rhiana Yazzie’s work has been seen on stages from Alaska to Mexico with 5 new play productions across the US since 2008. She is a two time winner of a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Playwriting Fellowship (2010/2011 and 2006/2007) and is a Playwrights’ Center Core Member. Recently, Rhiana was jointly commissioned by the Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the NY Public Theater to write a play for American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. Her newest venture is the creation of New Native Theatre, in the Twin Cities, a company dedicated to telling Native American stories in a new way. 

For more information email NNT at info(at)newnativetheatre.org or call (612)367-7639.

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