New Jersey Theater Alliance (“The Alliance”), one of the state’s largest arts service organizations, invites the public to join them virtually on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for Native Theater Producers in conversation: a virtual group discussion, sponsored by the New Jersey Historical Commission. This event will be a frank, collegial conversation between native theater makers based in our local area of Lenapehoking (known as New Jersey and New York) and beyond.
“The New Jersey Theater Alliance is delighted to partner again with the New Jersey Historical Commission to offer a panel discussion featuring outstanding theater makers from our region,” said Erica Nagel, Deputy Director of the Alliance. “The voices and leadership of Indigenous artists are essential to the future of theater in our region and beyond. We are grateful to these visionary artists for coming together with us to share their expertise and knowledge.
The discussion will address the greatest challenges and joys of doing theater as an Indigenous artist, the panelists’ visions for the future of theater and performance, and how Indigenous artistic leadership can, should and will be a part of it. future of the domain.
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with the NJ Theater Alliance to support programs that explore the intersection of history and theater,” said Sara Cureton, executive director of the New Jersey Historical Commission. “This roundtable will be a central contribution to the 2021 programming year of the Historical Commission, which aims to bring the history and life of Native Americans to a wider audience by raising the voices of indigenous peoples and tribal communities. “
Panelists include Ryan Pierce (The Eagle project), whose work is currently being developed in partnership with Rattlestick Theater and Lincoln Center; Madeline Sayet (Hovering red eagle), whose solo plays Where we belong is currently available to stream from the Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington DC; and DeLanna Studi (Indigenous voices at Autry) which currently produces its theater 27th Annual New Game Festival, also available to watch online.
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The discussion will be moderated by Rev. John Norwood, a citizen of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, for which he served as Senior Tribal Supreme Court Judge, City Councilor and Senior Minister of the Nanticoke- Lenape Tribal Christian Prayer Circle Ministry . “The power of theater to share experiences, provide commentary and educate on important issues is that it is an essential tool for presenting and preserving the history and culture of indigenous peoples and raising awareness of our visions of the world. collective and individual world. I am honored and honored to moderate this panel focused on the work of Aboriginal performing artists, ”said Reverend Dr. Norwood.
The discussion is free and open to the public but requires registration. Interested participants can register to participate here.
Founded in 1981, the New Jersey Theater Alliance was the first statewide service organization for professional nonprofit theater companies in the United States, and is a leader in the development of model programs that unite , promote, strengthen and cultivate professional theater in New Jersey. Jersey. Funding for the New Jersey Theater Alliance, a nonprofit organization, is provided in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, and Contributions individuals, corporations and foundations including Amazon, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Grunin Foundation, Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Bank of America, City National Bank, Shubert Foundation , the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Investors Bank, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Kessler Foundation, The FM Kirby Foundation, EJ Grassmann Trust and The Union Foundation.
The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is a state agency dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and the preservation of New Jersey history. Established by law in 1967, its work is founded on the fundamental belief that an understanding of our common heritage is essential to maintaining a cohesive and strong democracy.