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Public Square - A Podcast of The Public Theater

Bonus Episode 3

"What Do You Know? Part 1"

In this third Bonus Episode of Public Square 2.0, the re-launch of The Public Theater’s podcast, Public Square, we drop in on the “What Do You Know: Reflections from Indigenous Artists” event, held in connection with The Public and Woolly Mammoth’s production of Where We Belong by Madeline Sayet. Part 1 of this 2 part series features playwrights Ty Defoe (Ghiizig) and Drew Woodson (Te-Moak Band of Western Shoshone) as they share from scripts in progress and join Host Garlia Cornelia Jones in conversation. This is the first of a two part episode series, so be sure to tune in for part 2!

This Audio-only episode is available wherever you find your podcasts. Each full episode of Public Square 2.0 will continue to guide you through a behind the scenes look as we connect with artists and staff.  Welcome home to Public Square—we’re so happy to have you back!  

Hosted by Garlia Cornelia Jones

Executive Producer: Garlia Cornelia Jones, Director - Innovation and New Media
Creative Producer: John Sloan III, Ghostlight Productions
Audio Producer: Justin K. Sloan, Ghostlight Productions
Assistant Producer: Emily White - New Media Associate

Graphics by Tam Shell, Art Director - Brand Studio

Music Credits:
“Latte” By Sunny Fruit, Artlist.io

Transcript by 3Play


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Ty Defoe


Ty Defoe (Ghiizig) Indigiqueer citizen of Oneida and Anishinaabe Nations. A writer, interdisciplinary artist, and Grammy Award winner. Works created and authored: Trail and Tears (w/ Dawn Avery). Ajijaak on Turtle Island, The Lesson (w/Avi Amon and Nolan Doran), and Firebird Tattoo, Trans World (Breaking the Binary Theater Festival) among others. Current release of VR and digital mediat projects ANAKWAD (w/ Dov Heichemer and _alpha), CIRCLE, and Strong Like Flower (w/ Katherine Freer). Revolving Sky (UTR, THe Public Theater, All My Relations Collective). Awards: 2021 Sundance Fellow and Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, Jonathan Larson Award, Cultural Capital Fellow w/ First People's Fund, Theatre ACCELERATOR, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Robert Rauschenberg Residency, OSF's Artistic Honoree, and Kennedy Center Next 50! Director: The Winer Bear (Preservance Theater), Midsummer Night's Dream (Arizona Shakespeare Company). Movement Direction: Mother Road, Dir. Bill Rauch (OSF); Manahatta, Dir. Laurie Woolery (OSF + Yale Rep); 1491's Between Two Knees, Dir. Eric Ting (Yale Rep) and Choreographer for Tracy Lett's The Minutes, Dir. Anna Shapiro (Broadway). Appeared on the Netflix show "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Spirit Rangers, and Broadway debut in Young Jean Lee's Straght White Men. Publications: Casting a Movement: The Welcome Table Initiative, Routeledge Press, and The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays for the Stage, among others. Degrees: CalArts, Goddard College + NYU Tisch. Lives in NYC + loves the color clear. www.allmyrelations.earth/present & www.tydefoe.com

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Drew Woodson


Drew Woodson is a member of the Te-Moak Band of Western Shoshone peoples in Nevada. A graduate from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in Theater and Performing Arts, Drew was also the recipient of the 2021 Young Indigenous Playwrights Award at Yale for his play Your Friend, Jay Silverheels, which he is currently developing. An actor and playwright in Berkeley, California for the past six years, Drew currently resides in New York City where he is attending NYU's MFA in Dramatic Writing.

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Amrita Ramanan

Director of New Work Development