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 Daniel David Moses, conducted by Jennifer Podemski as a part of a supplementary Native Theater Festival interview series.
Playwright, poet, essayist, and teacher, Daniel David Moses is a Delaware from the Six Nations lands in southern Ontario, Canada. He holds an Honors B. A. in General Fine Arts from York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. His plays include his first, 'Coyote City,' a nominee for the 1991 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, 'The Indian Medicine Shows' and 'Brebeuf's Ghost.' He is also the author of 'Delicate Bodies and Sixteen Jesuses, poems,' and co-editor of Oxford University Press' 'An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English,' third edition, 2005. His honors include a James Buller Memorial Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Theatre, the Harbourfront Festival Prize, a Harold Award, a Chalmers Fellowship and being short-listed for the 2005 Siminovitch Award. In 2006, his appointment as a Queen's National Scholar in the Department of Drama at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, was renewed.
Jennifer Podemski (Ojibway/Israeli) is a 34 year-old actor/writer/producer born and raised in Toronto. Most recognized for her roles in Bruce McDonald's 'Dance Me Outside,' CBC's 'The Rez,' 'Riverdale' and 'Degrassi: The Next Generation,' Jennifer has been able to maintain a career as an actor for the past 20 years. She is the co-founder of Big Soul Productions (1999–2003) and most recently Redcloud Studio's Inc., an independent film and television production company. She is the co-creator and executive producer of 'Moccasin Flats,' North America's first all aboriginal produced, written and performed dramatic television series, now in its third season on The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and Showcase Television.