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.



Good Neighbor Program Directions Accessibility

Curated by Safe Harbors


January 7, 2020—January 19, 2020

Good Neighbor Program Directions Accessibility
Read Synopsis

Through the lenses of creative expression and cultural perseverance, Native performing artists explore original Native material in a cultural exchange involving new plays, directing workshops and song-making.

Week 1 will consist of Native Performances, Music, Theater & Cultural Exchange.

Week 2 will begin 'The Directors Lab'. This will be a week full of programming where Emerging Native Directors will direct staged readings of Native Playwrights. Plays will be picked at random for the directors.

This will take place in no better home than NYC’s historical Lower East Side’s East 4th Street Theater Community. With support from NOVO Foundation, IBEX puppetry, Native Arts and Culture Foundation and the Western Arts Alliance.

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.

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.


Murielle Borst-Tarrant / Founder, Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective

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.