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Public Square - A Podcast of The Public Theater

Bonus Episode 4

"What Do You Know? Part 2"

In this fourth 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 2 of this 2 part series features playwrights Tomas Endter (Nehithaw) and Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora) as they share from scripts in progress and join Host Garlia Cornelia Jones in conversation. The evening concludes with a post-show conversation and a check-in with Associate Production Manager Courtney Banks. If you missed the first part of this full evening, be sure to go back to Part 1!

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

Bonus Episode 4 Transcript


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Tomas Endter


Tomas Endter (Nehithaw) is an actor and playwright from the lands of the Suquamish on the Key Penninsula, and Ho-Chunk land, in Verona, Wisconsin. A founding member of the Fair Verona Shakespeare Company, Tomas has been involved in the theater since 2012, finding love for the temporal nature of staged performance, eventually moving on to study at The New School of Drama, graduating in 2020 with afocus on playwriting. Their works have been most recently seen with Amplify Theatre Collective in their 2021 showcase, with their play Hostile, and the Yale Performing Arts Program, where they won the 7th annual competition in 2022 for their play Built on Bones, which is to be produced by Amerinda in Summer of 2023!

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Vickie Ramirez


Vickie Ramirez (Tuscurora) is a founding member of Chukalokoli Theater. Her work has appeared at Native Voices at the Autry, Alter Theater, The Public Theater, The Roundabout Theatre Company, LAByrinth Theater Company, and more. Honors: Resident - New Dramatists through 2027, Winner - 2020 Smith Prize for Political Theater (NNPN), The Kilroys - Honorary Mention 2019 for Pure Native and 2014 for Standoff at Hwy#37, Semifinalist - Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2019, Semifinalist - Eugene O'Neill National Playwright's Conference 2018 & 2021, Alumna - Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group (2009). Published: Monologues for Actors of Color: Women, Monologues for Actors of Color: Men, and Contemporary Plays by Women of Color Edition 2: An Anthology (Routeledge Press), Glenburn 12 WP - Short Plays: Vol 1 (TRW press). Member: Dramatists Guild, PEN America. Consultant: "Outer Range" for Amazon TV.

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Courtney Banks

Associate Production Manager

Courtney Banks is an Associate Production Manger with The Public as of 2021. She has worked in other theaters and operas such as The Santa Fe Opera and Philadelphia Theater Company. She is originally from the midwest and is a member of the Iowa Nation.