WHAT DO YOU KNOW?: REFLECTIONS FROM INDIGENOUS ARTISTS
November 14, 2022 Run Time: 90 minutes
With Ty Defoe, Tomas Endter, Vickie Ramirez, and Drew Woodson
Mapping the intersection of praxis and process, WHAT DO YOU KNOW?: Reflections from Indigenous Artists is an exchange of questions, ideas, desires, and provocations from some of the most preeminent Indigenous theater-makers in the US. Join us for an evening of work sharing and conversation with playwrights Ty Defoe (Giizhig), Tomas Endter (Nehithaw), Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora), and Drew Woodson (Te-Moak).
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Free for all, but requires a reservation.
General Admission Tickets must be picked up by 6:30PM at the Taub Box Office the day of the event, Monday, November 14. No tickets will be distributed earlier, neither digital or physical.
Unclaimed tickets will be released to Standby, which may begin forming at no earlier than 6:00PM. Seats will be assigned at the door and are at the discretion of The Public Theater Management, and seating is not guaranteed.
Ty Defoe He/We (Giizhig) 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 media 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 (Perseverance 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 Straight White Men. Publications: Casting a Movement: The Welcome Table Initiative, Routledge 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
Tomas Endter (Nehithaw) is an actor and playwright from the lands of the Suquamish on the Key Peninsula, and Ho-Chunk land, in Verona Wisconsin. A founding member of the Fair Verona Shakespeare Company, Tomas has been involved in the theatre 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 a focus on playwriting.Their works have been most recently seen with Amplify Theatre Collective in their 2021 showcase, with their play Hostile, and the Yale Indigenous 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!
Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora) 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, Semi-finalist-Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2019, Semi-finalist 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 (Routledge Press), Glenburn 12 WP – Short Plays: Vol 1 (TRW press). Member: Dramatists Guild, PEN America. Consultant: Outer Range for Amazon TV.
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 Indegenous 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 NYUs MFA in Dramatic Writing.