Native American Women Playwrights Archive

NAWPA logoWelcome to Native American Women Playwrights Archive

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 or call the library at (513) 529-3323.

Marie Clements (Metis)
Diane Glancy (Cherokee)
LeAnne Howe (Choctaw)
Monique Mojica (Kuna/Rappahannock)
JudyLee Oliva (Chickasaw)

Native American Women Playwrights Archive Finding Aid (pdf)


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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). Transcript of the discussion (pdf).

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