The Native American Women Playwrights Archive is a collection of original materials by Native women playwrights of the Americas. NAWPA hopes to identify playwrights, collect and preserve their work, try to make it widely known, and encourage performances and continued creativity. Plays in manuscript, disk, videotape, or other format are cataloged, given appropriate preservation treament, and made available to anyone who wishes to read them in the library. NAWPA welcomes playwrights at any level of development. To request further information about the Archive, or to contribute to its holdings, please contact the Walter Havighurst Special Collections at SpecColl@MiamiOH.edu or call the library at (513) 529-3323.
Marie Clements (Metis)
Diane Glancy (Cherokee)
LeAnne Howe (Choctaw)
Monique Mojica (Kuna/Rappahannock)
JudyLee Oliva (Chickasaw)
Information and images
On March 19, 1999, an informal discussion took place in King Library at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The discussants were gathering to attend a conference the next day entitled “Celebration of Native Women Playwrights.” The conference included paper presentations, performances by Shirley Cheechoo and Spiderwoman Theater, and a staged reading of Vera Manuel’s The Strength of Indian Women. The editors of the NAWPA anthology brought together the authors in attendance at the conference to discuss various aspects of their work, and issues surrounding Native women in theatre, to include in the anthology. The discussion participants were (in speaking order): Rebecca Howard (RH); JudyLee Oliva (JLO); Diane Glancy (DG); Monique Mojica (MM); Shirley Huston-Findley (SHF); Marcie Rendon (MR); Paul Jackson (PJ); LeAnne Howe (LAH); Victoria Kneubuhl (VK). A transcript of the discussion is available here.
Theater Companies and Organizations
- American Indian Repertory Theatre (Lawrence, KS)
- Arts at The Banff Centre
- The Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Toronto, Canada
- International Centre for Women Playwrights
- Native Earth Performing Arts (Toronto)
- Native Theatre Listserv
- The Native Theater Festival (New York)
- Native Voices at the Autry
- North American Indian Drama digital collection from Alexander Street Press
- Playwrights’ Development Centres of Canada
- Thunder Road Theater (Tulsa)
Native American Arts and Cultural Organizations
- American Indian Community House
- East Coast Native (magazine)
- Indigenous Peoples of Mexico
- Native American Authors (Internet Public Library)
- Native American Sites
- Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (New York)
- Storytellers: Native American Authors Online
- UCLA American Indian Studies Center
- Voices from the Gaps
Programs and Productions
- Performances and Conference: “Honoring Spiderwoman Theater/Celebrating Native American Theater.” February 19-22, 2007. Miami University.
- LeAnne Howe reading from “Shell Shaker” and other works. November 25, 2002, 7 p.m., Leonard Theater in Peabody Hall, at Miami University, Oxford, OH. See LeAnne Howe website with map, futher information, and contacts.
- “The Woman Who Was a Red Deer Dressed for a Deer Dance” and “Jump Kiss.” Staged readings of two one-acts by Diane Glancy, April 8, 2000, Miami University.
- “Sky Woman Festival.” Nov. 3-21, 1999. New York City.
- “Urban Tattoo” , One-woman performance by NAWPA author Marie Clements, directed by Randy Reinholz. November 7, 1999. Miami University.
- “Returning the Gift VIII”, October 21-24, 1999. Northern Michigan University
- “A Celebration of Native Women Playwrights”, Performances and conference, March 19-20, 1999, Miami University.
- “Women’s Voices in Native American Theater” February 26, 1997. Miami University.