Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series served over 300 artists in the first two years alone.
WEEK 1: Native Performances, Music, Theater & Cultural Exchange
January 7th – 5pm-7pm
AU’A’LA:HOLDING ON – TAMMY HAILI’OPUA BAKER
Safe Harbors Cultural Exchange With Hawaii, Including Welcoming Blessing By Chief Harry Wallace, Unkechaug Nation
January 8th – 5pm-7pm
LOCAL NATIVE MUSIC NIGHT – LONNIE HARRINGTON, SONI MORENO, JENNIFER KRIESBERG, MIXASHAWN
Come Enjoy A Evening With Local Native Musicians As They Share Some Of Their Talent With The Community As Part Of The Festival.
January 9th – 5pm-7pm and January 12th – 3pm-5pm
TIPI TALES FROM THE STOOP – MURIELLE BORST TARRANT
“New York City Has Always Been A Gathering And Trading Place For Many Indigenous Peoples, Where Native Nations Intersected From All Four Directions Since Time Immemorial. It Was A Place To Gather And Sometimes To Seek Refuge During Times Of Conflict And Struggle.”
January 10th – 5:45pm-7pm
RED MOON BLUES – HENU JOSEPHINE TARRANT
Red Moon Blues Is A New Workshop By Henu Josephine Tarrant Based On The Life On Lillian St Cyr (Red Wing) The The 1st Native American Silent Movie Star And Other Extraordinary Female Native Performers.
January 11th – 5pm-7pm
WESTERN ARTS ALLIANCE – NATIVE LAUNCHPAD ARTISTS
Five Artists From The Western Arts Alliance Native Launchpad Program: Ritualist Timothy White Eagle, Folk Singer Thea Hopkins, Dance Artist Maura Garcia, Drag Clown Anthony Hudson, And Hip Hop Sensation DDAT.
WEEK 2: Native Director’s Lab
January 13th – 5pm-7pm
Queen Cleopatra and Princess Pocohantas
By Rhiana Yazzie
Directed by Tara Moses
January 14th – 5pm-7pm
It Came from Across the Big Pond and Files of the Indian Police
By William Yellow Robe
Directed by Amber Bell
January 15th – 5pm-7pm
By Tara Moses
Directed by Ed Bourgeois
January 16th – 5pm-7pm
By Ty Defoe
Directed by Jasmine Goodspeed
January 17th – 5pm-7pm
By Mary Kathryn Nagle
Directed by Danielle Soames
January 18th – 5pm-7pm
By Carolyn Dunn
Directed by Chenae Bullock
January 19th – 3pm-5pm
by Nicholson Billey
Directed by Sir Curtis Kirby Day
Author, playwright, director, producer, cultural artist, educator and human rights activist. She studied acting at HB Studios. She is also a graduate of Long Island University, Southampton College Theatre Program. She studied and interned with Spiderwoman Theatre and is a second generation artist of that company that was founded by her mother, Muriel Miguel. She also works on the deconstructing of methods of the arts in Native communities in urban areas across the country and in the New York City education system. She consults many urban and non-urban universities on the development on Native theater programming. Nominated for the Rockefeller grant in 2001, won a Native Heart Award and was the only Native American Woman to have her work to be selected by the Olympic Games in Sydney Australia at the Sydney Opera House for her one woman show More than Feathers and Beads. She served internationally as the Special Assistant to the North American Regional Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which one of her mandates was arts and culture. Directed Muriel Miquel’s Red Mother nationally and Internationally. Keynote Speaker for the Indigenous Women’s Symposium at Trent University. Global Indigenous Woman’s Caucus Chair (North America) from 2013 to May of 2014. Selected to speak on Repetition, Tradition and Change: Native oral history and contemporary art practice in hostel post-colonial times at the International Conference at the Muthesius Academy of Art in Kiel Germany and the Norwegian Theater Academy. She is the Artistic Director of Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective. Native Consultant for Regional Tony award winner La MaMa Experimental Theatre for their Indigenous Initiative. She has recently produced, written and directed Don’t Feed the Indians—A Divine Comedy Pageant! at La MaMa Theatre.
The La MaMa Indigenous Initiative aims to provide a platform for Indigenous arts and culture, both nationally and worldwide. La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club is committed to supporting ethnic diversity, cultural pluralism, and marginalized identities in the arts. The Initiative curates original Indigenous programming, including workshops, markets, and theatrical productions, to elevate the voices and artistic works of Native communities both nationally and internationally.
Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective Founder Murielle Borst-Tarrant and La MaMa Artistic Director Mia Yoo initially established the Safe Habors Indigenous Collective to spear head original Indigenous programming. Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective and the La MaMa Indigenous Initiative remain a collaborative in that vision and legacy.