In December of 2007, as part of its Native Theater Festival, the Public Theater brought Native theater professionals from around the U.S. and Canada to New York City for a series of readings and discussions. The five-day festival included play readings, post-performance discussions, concerts, roundtables, and the performance of Darrell Dennis' 'Tales of and Urban Indian.'
This video documents an interview with Drew Hayden Taylor, conducted by Kennetch Charlette as a part of a supplementary Native Theater Festival interview series.
Drew Hayden Taylor has done everything from performing stand up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to lecturing on the films of Sherman Alexie at the British Museum in England. He is an award winning playwright (with over 70 productions of his work), documentary film maker, script writer, journalist and essayist. With 18 books to his credit, Drew also enjoys writing a humor column for five Canadian newspapers. Curve Lake Reserve (Ojibway) is where he was born and currently lives. Kennetch Charlette is from Sandy Bay Saskatchewan, Canada. He is of the Cree Nation. Kennetch has been working for many years as an actor and director. He is the Founding Artistic Director of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (SNTC). Recent credits include the many shows at SNTC and also directing Drew Hayden Taylor's 'In World Created by a Drunken God' at the Persephone Theatre in Sakatchewan and Taylor's 'Buzz Gem Blues' at Trinity Rep in Providence, Rhode Island.