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 Yvette Nolan, conducted by Randy Reinholz as a part of a supplementary Native Theater Festival interview series. Yvette Nolan (Algonquin from Kitiganzibi) is a playwright, dramaturg, and director. Her plays include 'Annie Mae's Movement,' 'BLADE,' 'Job's Wife,' 'Video,' the libretto 'Hilda Blake' and the radio play 'Owen.' Directing credits include 'The Triple Truth,' 'The Only Good Indian...' (Turtle Gals), 'Tales of an Urban Indian,' 'The Unnatural and Accidental Women,' 'Annie Mae's Movement' (Native Earth). As a dramaturg, she works across Canada, most recently as the Festival Dramaturg for Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre Spring Festival. She was the president of the Playwrights Union of Canada 1998-2001, and of Playwrights Canada Press 2003-2005. She is currently the Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto.
Randy Reinholz, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is co-creator and artistic director of Native Voices. He has directed close to fifty plays across the US and Canada including The Rez Sisters, The Waiting Room, Proof, How I Learned to Drive, Hedda Gabler, Speed the Plow, The Cherry Orchard, The Glass Menagerie and numerous productions of Shakespeare's plays. Reinholz was the director and executive producer of Urban Tattoo. Beyond directing and producing he has co-sponsored showcases and Native American diversity workshops for ABC and NBC and is an annual guest artist for the FOX American Indian Summer Institute. He received his MFA from Cornell University and is a tenured professor of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University in addition to being on faculty in the Program of American Indian Studies.