The first play by acclaimed intertribal sketch comedy troupe The 1491s—best known for the hit television series “Reservation Dogs”—takes audiences on a searing and absurdly funny series of vignettes through American history centered on one family’s account of their experiences from the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890 to the protests there in 1973.
Prepare to be challenged, confronted, enlightened, shamed and, above all, amused.
Prepare to be challenged, confronted, enlightened, shamed and, above all, amused.
|Event Type||Event Dates|
|Preview Performances||Mar. 3 - Mar. 7|
|Opening Night||Mar. 8|
|Joey Clift in Conversation with Howie Echo-Hawk||March 11 at 5:30 p.m.|
|Off The Rez Food Truck Pop-Up||March 11 at 4 p.m.|
|Meet the Brewer: Talking Cedar||March 11 at 6 p.m.|
|Mask-Required Performances||Mar. 12 at 7:30 p.m. & Mar. 22 at 2 p.m.|
|Post-Show Actor Talk||Mar. 15|
|Student Matinee||Mar. 16 at 10:30 a.m.|
|Open Captioning||Mar. 16 at 7:30 p.m.|
|Teen Night||Mar. 17 at 6:30 p.m.|
|ASL/Audio Description||Mar. 25 at 2 p.m.|
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Meet the Artists
The 1491s are an intertribal Indigenous sketch comedy troupe. Dallas Goldtooth (Mdewakanton Dakota-Diné), Sterlin Harjo (Seminole-Muscogee), Migizi Pensoneau (Ponca-Ojibwe), Ryan RedCorn (Osage Nation), and Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) originally combined their talents to create comedic videos for YouTube. Their first video, a Twilight parody called “New Moon Wolf Pack Auditions,” went viral in 2009 as have many of their subsequent videos. The 1491s have since solidified their place in popular culture as individuals appearing on hit TV series “Drunk History” (Comedy Central), “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX), and “Rutherford Falls” (NBC Peacock), and collectively as writers/producers/performers on the hit series “Reservation Dogs” (FX) created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi. So please enjoy our play. Or don’t! We’ll be just fine either way.
Mr. Ting (he/him) is an Obie Award-winning director. Recent directing credits include the world premieres of Lloyd Suh’s The Far Country (Atlantic Theater Co) and Bina’s Six Apples (Alliance, Children’s Theater Co); Marcus Gardley’s Lear (Cal Shakes); and Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower: The Opera adapted by Toshi Reagon (national and international tour). New York: Manhattan Theatre Club, Public Theater Under the Radar, BAM Next Wave, Soho Rep. Regional: Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Co, Cincinnati Playhouse, Goodman, Victory Gardens, Denver Center, CTG, ACT, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival. International: Singapore, France, UAE, Holland, Canada, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bali.
he/him/we/ty. (Giizhig) Indigiqueer citizen of Oneida and Anishinaabe Nations. A writer, interdisciplinary story artist, and Grammy Award winner. Works created and authored: Trail and Tears (with Dawn Avery), Ajijaak on Turtle Island, The Lesson (with Avi Amon and Nolan Doran), and Firebird Tattoo, among others. Current release of VR and digital media projects ANAKWAD (with Dov Heichemer and _alpha), CIRCLE, and Strong Like Flower (with Katherine Freer), Revolving Sky (UTR, The Public Theater, All My Relations Collective). Awards: Sundance Fellow, Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, Jonathan Larson Award, Cultural Capital Fellow with First People’s Fund, THEatre ACCELERATOR, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Robert Rauschenberg Residency, and MacDowell Fellow. Publications: Casting a Movement: The Welcome Table Initiative, Routledge Press, and The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays for the Stage, among others. Movement Direction: Mother Road, dir. Bill Rauch (OSF), Manahatta, dir. Laurie Woolery (OSF and Yale Rep). Choreographer: Tracy Letts’ The Minutes (Broadway), The 1491s’ Between Two Knees, dir. Eric Ting (Yale Rep). Degrees: CalArts, Goddard College, NYU Tisch. Lives in NYC and loves the clouds. He|We. www.allmyrelations.earth/present, tydefoe.com
Regina is a Chicago-based scenic designer from Puerto Rico. She has had long standing relationships with the Latinx Theatre’s renowned Teatros including Repertorio Español, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Teatro Vista, and Pregones Theater. She has also completed projects for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, and The Guthrie, among others. Upcoming shows include Steppenwolf Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Louisville Ballet. Regina is a Fellow of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers and the Princess Grace Awards, USA; a Regional Associate member of the League of Professional Theatre Women; and company member with both Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Chicago, and Boundless Theatre Company, San Juan/New York. She is the Head of the Scenic Design program at The Theatre School, DePaul University, and a founding organizational member of La Gente: The Latinx Theatre Production Network. garciaportfolio.com
Lux Haac (she/her) is a New York City-based costume designer for stage and screen. Recent credits include Espejos: Clean (Hartford Stage); LEAR (Cal Shakes); On That Day in Amsterdam (Primary Stages); Kim’s Convenience (Westport Country Playhouse); 53% Of (Second Stage Theater); Between Two Knees (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre); Songs About Trains (Radical Evolution/Working Theater/New Ohio Theatre); Yoga Play, Ragtime (PlayMakers Repertory Company); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Arizona Theatre Company); Kamloopa (WAM Theatre); I and You, Annapurna (Syracuse Stage); The Thanksgiving Play (Repertory Theatre of St Louis); Hear Me Say My Name (Discovery Theater/National Museum of the American Indian); Eureka Day (Colt Coeur/Walkerspace); Native Gardens (Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre Center, Portland Center Stage); and Ajijaak on Turtle Island (IBEX Puppetry/New Victory Theater). Lux is a member of USA 829, All My Relations Collective, and Wingspace Theatrical Design. M.F.A.: NYU/Tisch. luxhaac.com, @luxhaac
she/her. Between Two Knees (Yale Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The McCarter Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle Rep); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Blues for an Alabama Sky directed by Phylicia Rashad (Mark Taper Forum); Indecent and Rattlesnake Kate (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Office Hour starring Sandra Oh (South Coast Repertory Theatre); The Cake (La Jolla Playhouse); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Calista Flockhart and Zachary Quinto; Sell/Buy/Date, Play Dead directed by Teller (The Geffen Playhouse); Rock of Ages (The 5th Avenue Theatre). Elizabeth is the assistant professor of lighting design at the University of Southern California.
Jake Rodriguez is a sound designer and composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His recent credits include The Cassandra Sessions (Shotgun Players); Wintertime (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Dear San Francisco (Club Fugazi); Top Girls (American Conservatory Theater); Oedipus el Rey (Magic Theatre); Between Two Knees (Yale Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Great Leap (A.C.T.); Everybody (California Shakespeare Theater); Angels in America (Berkeley Rep); A Thousand Splendid Suns (A.C.T., Theatre Calgary, Grand Theater, The Old Globe); and The Christians (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Playwrights Horizons, The Mark Taper Forum). Rodriguez is the recipient of a 2004 Princess Grace Award and received an honorary M.F.A. from A.C.T. in 2021. soundcrack.net
Shawn Duan is a New York-based Projections/Media Designer. Recently in New York: Letters of Suresh (2nd Stage; Lortel Award, OCC nomination), The Chinese Lady (Ma-Yi/The Public Theater; Lortel nomination, Drama Desk nomination). Broadway credits: David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish. Other NYC credits: the MET Museum, New York City Opera, The Public Theater. Regional credits: Arena Stage, Asolo Repertory, Alliance Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center, Goodspeed, The Guthrie, The MUNY, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep, South Coast Repertory, and Yale Repertory. Tour/Concert work includes several shows in Las Vegas as well as numerous US/International commercial entertainment tours. Consultant work includes corporate events, activations, music festivals, and film post-production.
Wig and Hair Designer
Younghawk Bautista's unique approach to hair and beauty is a hybrid of classic shapes combined with modern styling techniques to produce work that evokes a timeless, chic appeal-an approach fueled by iconic images from film and fashion and the arts. His impressive resume of experience is rooted in specific training with Goldwell Color, L'Oréal, Wella, Bumble and Bumble, and Vidal Sassoon. His level of education has formed his well-rounded approach to hairdressing, pleasing many clients and creative collaborators alike throughout his career. His most recent work has included a role as an Educator of Barbering and Cosmetology at the renowned Arrojo Cosmetology School in NYC. He was also a hair team member for Motown: The Musical on tour and Wicked on Broadway.
Julie Felise Dubiner
Julie Felise Dubiner (she/her) is the Director of Artistic Initiatives at McCarter Theatre Center. She is a dramaturg, producer, teacher, and mentor. She has freelanced around the country and was on staff at American Revolutions/Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Prince Music Theater. Among her dramaturgy credits are The Copper Children by Karen Zacarías, Between Two Knees by The 1491s, Sweat by Lynn Nottage, Indecent by Paula Vogel, and The Liquid Plain by Naomi Wallace. She is the co-creator of Rock & Roll: The Reunion Tour, co-author of The Process of Dramaturgy, and a contributor to Diversity, Inclusion, and Representation in Contemporary Dramaturgy, The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, Innovation in Five Acts, and other publications and podcasts.
Stacey Rice, CSA
Los Angeles-based Casting Director Stacey Rice has worked in the Casting department for over 10 years and was recently nominated for an Artois Award alongside Angelique Midthunder for the groundbreaking casting of FX Networks Reservation Dogs. Stacey is the daughter of an enrolled Tuscarora and passionate about Native culture and storytelling. She’s worked on various films and television shows including but not limited to the Emmy-nominated series “Euphoria” (HBO) and “American Crime” (ABC), as well as “The Leftovers” (HBO), Alita: Battle Angel, We Can Be Heroes (Netflix), and FOX’s “Deputy.” In 2021 she was nominated for an Artois Award for her casting for “Wireless” (Quibi). Her casting experience and personal background has led her to specialize in Native American/Indigenous casting and working with Native writers, directors, and storytellers. She was selected by the Casting Society of America for a prestigious mentorship program based on her passion for authentic representation of Native people and communities in the media especially as it relates to television and film. With an eye for talent in both actors and filmmakers, she has enjoyed working with Native directors including Sterlin Harjo, Erica Tremblay, Billy Luther, and Maya Rose Dittloff.
Rod is thrilled to be continuing this journey with Between Two Knees. He is a New York-based fight director with credits including Broadway: The Lightning Thief and Live from Lincoln Center: Porgy and Bess (NYCO). Off Broadway, Rod was the Resident Fight Director for nine seasons for Pearl Theatre Company. Other Off-Broadway credits: The Lucille Lortel, Lynn Redgrave, The Mint, The Minetta Lane,The Acorn, Signature, and the East 13th Street Playhouse. Rod was the Resident Fight Director for New York City Opera at Lincoln Center from 1995 to 2010. Regional credits include: ART, Yale Rep, The Cleveland Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The McCarter,The Barter Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Opera Festival of NJ. Rod is on faculty at AMDA teaching Stage Combat. rodkinter.com
Kelsey Rainwater is an intimacy and fight director, and actress based out of the ancestral lands of the Wappinger and Quinnipiac people. Kelsey’s most recent work was seen in the premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks Sally and Tom at The Guthrie Theater; Pass Over at Chester Theater; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Between Two Knees, and Choir Boy at Yale Rep; In the Southern Breeze at Rattlestick. Some of her other credits include The Public Theater’s Measure for Measure and White Noise by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Oskar Eustis; Blues for An Alabama Sky with the Keen Company; and Bess Wohl’s film Baby Ruby. She is a Lecturer in Acting at David Geffen School of Drama, co-teaching stage combat and intimacy, and is Resident Fight and Intimacy Director for Yale Rep.
she/her. Liz is currently the Voice & Dialect Coach for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway and has coached both on and Off-Broadway and for numerous theater companies including Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theater, Woolly Mammoth, McCarter Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company, and Audible Theater/Audible.com. She is the Head of Voice and Speech in the M.F.A. Acting Program at Columbia University and a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, VASTA and The Actors Center.
R. Réal Vargas Alanis
R. Réal Vargas Alanis (They/2S/Purépecha/Tlahualil) is a world-renowned, indigiqueer artist from Winton, CA (Yokut). They have worked nationally and internationally, and serve as the current Artistic Director of the arts and advocacy organization: IN THE MARGIN — leading an ensemble of intersectional and interdisciplinary QT, BIPoC artists. Réal specializes in New Work Development and was recently named to be among “the best latinx comedic talent in the country” by the Latinx Theatre Commons. Réal is a Community Organizer, Curandera, Minister, Casting Associate with Casting Collective, and Co-Owner of Sexii Tacos. Feel free to contact them to officiate your wedding. Or cater it. Or both. realvalanis.com, @realvalanis, @rvacasting, @inthemargin_itm, @sexiitacos
Amanda Nita Luke-Sayed
Production Stage Manager
Amanda Nita Luke-Sayed (Cherokee/Choctaw) is a freelance, Indigenous Producer and Stage Manager. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama where she received her M.F.A. in Stage Management. She has worked across the country at large theaters including Primary Stages, Long Wharf Theatre, Yale Rep, Syracuse Stage, The Old Globe, Red Bull Theater, the Houston Ballet, and many more. In recent years Amanda has branched out into events in addition to her theater work. She has produced Drag Shows, Festivals, and other large-scale events. Amanda is a proud member of Actors Equity. She is based in New York City where she freelances focusing on advocating for Stage Managers as Artistic Collaborators and increasing the visibility of Native Theater Artists.
Kevin Jinghong Zhu
Assistant Stage Manager
Kevin (he/him) is glad to make his debut with Between Two Knees at Seattle Rep. His selected credits include Broadway: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Selected Off-Broadway: A Delicate Balance (Transport Group and NAATCO); It’s a Wonderful Life (Transport Group). Selected Regional: Today is My Birthday, A Raisin in the Sun, and El Huracán (Yale Repertory Theatre); Kim’s Convenience, As Bees In Honey Drown, and Tribes (Westport Country Playhouse); DREAM HOU$E (Long Wharf Theatre); To The Moon and Back (Chester Theatre Company); Bright Half Life (WAM Theatre). Other credits include Ten Brave Seconds (Foresight Theatrical); Shedding Load (The Varsity Theatre Company); Criminal Queerness Festival and PrEP Play, or Blue Parachute (National Queer Theater); In Our America: A Concert for the Soul of the Nation (Broadway for Biden); more more more, A Voice in the Dark, Elon Musk and the plan to Blow Up Mars the Musical (Yale Cabaret). M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama.
Older Irma, Ensemble
Jennifer Bobiwash grew up in Robinson Huron Treaty Territory and is a proud member of Mississauga First Nation. She has appeared in world-premiere productions of Fairly Traceable by Mary Kathryn Nagle, Bingo Hall by Dillon Chitto (Native Voices), They Don’t Talk Back by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Native Voices and La Jolla Playhouse), Devilfish by Vera Starbard and Whalesong by Cathy Tagnak Rexford (Perseverance Theatre), as well as at Yale Rep and on tour in Northern Alaska. TV credits include “The Power,” “Magnum P.I.,” and “Rutherford Falls.” Jennifer is also a voice actor who has had the opportunity to narrate children’s books as well as speak her traditional language as a 7-year-old.
she/her. Regional: As You Like It (La Jolla Playhouse); Between Two Knees (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Swindlers (Baltimore Center Stage); Between Two Knees, As You Like It, Henry V, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Film: And Then There Was Eve, Smiley Face Killers. TV: “New Amsterdam” (NBC). Voiceover: Marvel’s Wastelanders: Wolverine (Red Skull), A Simple Herstory (Susan B. Anthony). She moonlights as a photographer and makes music to keep sane.
Young Isaiah, Eddie, Ensemble
Derek (he/him) is a Native American/Mexican DC-based actor with his M.F.A. in acting from Penn State University. Recent theater credits include People, Places & Things at Studio Theatre; The Swindlers and Our Town at Baltimore Center Stage; Between Two Knees at Yale Rep; Mother Road at Arena Stage; Othello, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, and the world premiere of Between Two Knees at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Other theaters include Native Earth, American Repertory Theater, TimeLine Theatre, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Video Cabaret, and Steppenwolf, to name a few. Derek can also be seen in TV/Films like ABC’s “Betrayal,” NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” “Jimortal” (Pilot), “PowerBook II: Ghost,” and Canal Street. derekgarza.com
Justin "Jud" Gauthier
A proud citizen of the Menominee (Omāēqnomenēw) Nation of Wisconsin, writer/actor Justin “Jud” Eagle Gauthier (he/him) studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he earned an M.F.A. in screenwriting. Jud provides audiences across the nation a unique worldview as an indigenous actor with undeniable pop culture acuity. Jud would like to say wāēwāēnan to all his family, friends, cast mates, crew, and audiences for helping him to become a better storyteller.
Young Irma, Irene, Ensemble
Shyla (she/her) is an actor, writer, and comedian based out of Los Angeles and is of mixed heritage (Afro-Indigenous, European, of Pamunkey and Choctaw descent). Recent credits include Between Two Knees, Manahatta (Yale Rep); The Cymbeline Project, Alice in Wonderland, Henry V, Between Two Knees, and The Way the Mountain Moved (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Door You Never Saw Before (Geffen Playhouse TYA); Fairly Traceable, Off the Rails, The Frybread Queen (Native Voices at the Autry). Readings and workshops: Sovereignty (Theatre for a New Audience); Wonderland (Dramatists Guild); (w)holeness (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Ackia: The Complete Epic (Idyllwild Native Arts Festival); Ungipamsuuka: My Story, Our Voices Will Be Heard (La Jolla Playhouse). Some film credits include Lies and Alibis, Whatever It Takes, Grace, Woo. @shylalefner
Older Isaiah, Ensemble
Stephen “Wotko” Long is known among the Muscogee people as a songkeeper of the hymns that have been passed down from times before the removal. He was taught by his father and mother to sing and lift people up with the strength and love of the ancestors with the songs in the Mvskoke language. Wotko was featured in the documentary This May Be The Last Time, as well as the film Mekko by Sterlin Harjo. He debuted on the stage in The 1491s’ play Between Two Knees at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Wotko has shared his knowledge of traditional culture in the Legacy camps for children and is devoted to getting away from plastics and styrofoam. He is an avid cook with an eye and heart for preparing tribal foods that nourish the body and soul. He plays “Wotko” in the acclaimed series “Reservation Dogs.”
James was previously at Seattle Rep in the smash hit Vietgone and is thrilled to be back! James originated his roles in Between Two Knees in the world premiere production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he was a company member for seven seasons. Other OSF: Cambodian Rock Band; Vietgone; Peter and the Starcatcher; The Tempest; Revenge Song; It’s Christmas, Carol!; The Cymbeline Project; As You Like It; Othello; Snow in Midsummer; Shakespeare in Love; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; The Winter’s Tale. Other theatres: Between Two Knees (McCarter Theatre), Cambodian Rock Band (La Jolla Playhouse); Vietgone (Seattle Rep); Fat Pig (SpeakEasy Theatre Company); Romeo and Juliet (American Repertory Theater); Hamlet (New Art Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost (Huntington Theatre Company); Arms and the Man (Lyric Stage Company); The Taming of the Shrew (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Julius Caesar (Gamaliel Theatre Company). Film/TV: American Sniper, “American Housewife,” “The Kill Corporation,” Evidence, “This Is Mortal Combat,” Dark House, Shuttle, “Mighty Med,” “The Young and The Restless,” “General Hospital,” “Anger Management,” “The Mentalist,” “Days of Our Lives,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “CSI: Miami,” “NCIS.” Training: B.F.A. in Acting, University of Oklahoma. @jamesryen Stoodis!
William, Ensemble / Original Choreography
he/him. I’Pyooksisstsiiko’om is proud to be a mixed-race artist of Amskapi Pikunni (Blackfeet), Scandinavian, and Black heritage as well as being a member of the Kaa Nux Im mii Taaks (Blackfeet Crazy Dog Society). He was in the original production of In the Heights on Broadway and closed the show in the role of Sonny. He played Frankie Valli in the Second National Tour of Jersey Boys, Juan in Altar Boyz Off-Broadway, and Usnavi/Sonny in In the Heights on the First National Tour. Bedlam Theatre Company member (Crucible, The Winter’s Tale, Bedlam: The Series). His original Indigenous musical, Distant Thunder, received its first production in 2022 with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma at First Americans Museum, and will tour in 2023. For more information go to distantthunderthemusical.com. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, three seasons. Shaun is the voice of Coyote on the Netflix series “Spirit Rangers.” He co-narrated There There by Tommy Orange, nominated for an Audie Award in 2019, and recently narrated The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones, also nominated for an Audie. TV/Film: “Hi-5,” “Discovery Kids,” Supremacy, “Gamer’s Guide,” “All My Children.”
u/s Older Irma, Ensemble
Irma-Estel Laguerre (Nahua/Tarascan/Arawak) is an actor, singer, storyteller, and writer. She has a number of lead roles on Broadway, such as Lady Thiang in The King and I and as the Mother and Ballad of Return soloist in Juan Darien. Ms. Laguerre has been cast in numerous Off-Broadway productions including Black Elk Speaks, Sueños, Everyday A Visitor, Night Over Taos. Regional theater work includes Man of La Mancha and The Fantasticks, and touring productions in Europe, Middle East, South and Central America, and Canada. Her more recent TV credits include “The Undoing” (HBO), “Manifest” (Netflix), “Ray Donovan” (HBO), “Rosa’s New Life Café” (PBS), “War That Made America” (PBS). She has appeared in many feature films, the latest as Namor’s Older Mother in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Ms. Laguerre is featured on the CD Indigenous Music of the Americas as well as other musical recordings, and operated her own voice and performance studio for serious students of any age. She performs at Museums, Festivals, Pow Wows and Organizations like Native American Playwrights Festival, First Nations Development Institute, Police Athletic League, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum, and Drums Along the Hudson. Ms. Laguerre is the Director of the Children’s Cultural Center of Native America, an educational project that debunks stereotypes and provides students with a true account of the past, present, and future of Native Peoples, combining performance art with puppetry, Indigenous Languages, and interactive presentations. Always striving to combine activism with her art and her commitment to the community, Ms. Laguerre considers herself an ARTivist.
Nikcoma Lee Mahkewa
u/s Larry, Ensemble
Nikcoma (he/him) recently burst onto national media playing multiple roles in the hit Discovery+ series “Book of Queer.” Previously, Nikcoma honed his craft on stage in Kansas City and Las Vegas in productions such as Godspell and Spring Awakening. Upon arriving in Los Angeles at beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, Nikcoma pivoted to voiceover work in promos and PSAs, and in the animated series “Superhero Kindergarten” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Nikcoma has recently studied acting at The Ivana Chubbuck Studio, whose namesake wrote the best-seller The Power of the Actor, which inspired Nikcoma’s acting career.
u/s Older Isaiah, Ensemble
John Scott-Richardson’s (he/him) maternal and paternal lineage is (Tutelo Saponi, Nansemond, Meherrin, Tuscarora) an enrolled member of the Haliwa-Saponi Nation of North Carolina. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts degree from Atlantic Christian College. John began theatrical arts by writing/directing youth advocacy plays while working at the NC Commission of Indian Affairs. John has a strong passion for storytelling and sharing the narrative of native people. He is a founding member of Images for Inclusion, and Theater Program Director and board member of Amerinda. He is a film, television, and theater actor. He is a SAG union actor in the award-winning film, The Reunion (Amazon Prime), The Heart Stays, The Politician (Netflix), and various productions. He is a cultural educator, working with Lotus Music and Dance, 7 Directions Media, and Raven Wing Productions. John’s passion is working with the youth at Indigenous Amerinda.
u/s Young Isaiah, Eddie, Larry, William, Ensemble
Kholan Studi (he/him) was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ever since he was a child, Kholan loved entertaining folks and making them laugh and feel. In 2012, Kholan moved to Los Angeles to attend The American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he completed his studies in 2015. Since then, Kholan has worked in many productions with Native Voices at The Autry including They Don’t Talk Back by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse and Bingo Hall by Dillon Chitto. Kholan was also honored to play Elias Boudinot in a production of Sovereignty by Mary Katherine Nagle at Marine Theater Company in 2019. During the pandemic, Kholan took part in Perseverance Theatre’s production of Spirit of the Valley by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse. Most recently, Kholan lent his voice to Native Voices at the Autry Presents: The Adventures of Super Indian by Arigon Starr. In 2022, Kholan was an understudy for Between Two Knees by The 1491’s, where he lived every actor’s nightmare by taking the stage for part of the run. Kholan would like to send his love and support to all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The only way out of this is together.
Maribel Torres Barragán
u/s Young Irma, Irene, Ensemble
Maribel (she/her) was born and raised in California’s Central Valley, where her love for the performing arts began. When she was a child, she and her siblings would make movies using their parent’s old-school 90s camcorder. It wasn’t until Maribel’s older sister took her to see her first play, Dracula, that she became serious about pursuing acting. Maribel is now an actor, writer, dancer, and musician with a B.A. in Theater Performance. An Irene Ryan double-nominee and semi-finalist, some of her projects and trainings have taken place on the West Coast and as far as Ireland. In her free time, she enjoys going to Barnes and Noble, trying new foods, going on road trips, and playing with her two dogs. She would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who made this magical moment possible.
Orlando G. Morales
Associate Scenic Designer
Associate Costume Designer
Emily Duncan Wilson
Associate Sound Designer
Associate Projection Designer
Lucas Esperanza (he/him) is a Filipino American theater artist dedicated to cultivating stories and developing creative opportunities that advocate for a future that honors the voices of underrepresented communities. Lucas was a 2022/23 Directing/Artistic Apprentice here at Seattle Rep and is so excited to be joining Seattle Rep’s Public Works’ production of The Tempest!
Rosemary Lisa Jones
Stage Management Apprentice