5-Minutes of History and
55-Minutes of Action:

Building Engagement for
American Indian Theater

PHOTO CREDIT: "TWILIGHT" by Myrton Running Wolf,
inspired by MacArthur Genius Kara Walker and Aaron McGruder's "Boondocks"

ABOUT THE round table

The "5-Minutes of History and 55-Minutes of Action: Building Engagement for American Indian Theater" conference will feature practice-based scholars' considerations of how Native American Theater might (or might not) benefit from Columbia University's and The University of Southern California's strategies (i.e. "The Inclusion Rider") for increasing the inclusion of marginalized communities in our Nation's mainstream performance spaces.

As case studies, panelists will consider The Public Theater's highly problematic and on-going production Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and other recent redface self-identified public performances - Johnny Depp's "Tonto," Senator Elizabeth Warren, Kelsey Asbille Chow (Yellowstone; Wind River), etc. - and the production entities/institutions that sanction such depictions.

This traditional conference will include a roundtable discussion and Q&A in a dynamic new approach to solving the lack of Native American representation in America's mainstream.


Myrton Running Wolf holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and masters degrees from NYU-Tisch and the University of Southern California. His research focuses on the inclusion of minorities in mainstream media with writings appearing in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, MSNBC, NYC-based AMERINDA’s Talking Stick, and Native Apparitions: Critical Perspectives on Hollywood's Indians. Myrton taught at Stanford, lectured at Vassar College and Santa Clara University, and led workshops in cultural diversity, the economics/politics of mainstream media, and identity politics at tribal and junior colleges. He worked in Production Management for Disney-ABC Television on Grey's Anatomy, LOST, Private Practice, Brothers & Sisters, and Criminal Minds and as a Creative Producer for The CW and NBC network affiliates. Onstage Myrton held lead roles in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area and supporting roles in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The New World, and Into the West.
Courtney Elkin Mohler serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Jordan College of Arts at Butler University where she directs plays and teaches Theatre History and Performance Studies. Due to her lifelong obsession with theatre, Courtney has directed, dramaturged or acted in over 40 productions. As a stage director, Mohler concentrates on new works that push aesthetic and political boundaries aimed to affect a more equitable world and is dedicated to supporting new work by Native American playwrights. Bridging her research and artistic interests, she has worked closely with Native Voices at the Autry, the Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Specializing in Critical Race Theory, Native American Theater and Performance Studies, she has published articles and review essays in Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Ecumenica, Platform, Theatre Research International, Latin American Theatre Review and Text and Presentation and is currently co-authoring the upcoming Critical Companion to Native American and First Nations with Christy Stanlake and Jaye T. Darby.
Christy Stanlakea is a Professor at the United States Naval Academy. She works as both a scholar and practitioner of Native Theatre. Her research includes Native American Drama: A Critical Perspective, published by Cambridge UP in 2009, and the forthcoming Critical Companion to Native American and First Nations Theatre: Indigenous Spaces, which she is coauthoring with Jaye Darby and Courtney Elkin Mohler. Christy has used Native theatrical theories to direct Lynn Riggs's Green Grow the Lilacs and JudyLee Oliva’s national, equity production of Te Ata. Both plays toured to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. She is also a partner at Pipestem Law, P.C., where she works to protect tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of Indian Nations to protect their women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault. Nagle has authored numerous briefs in federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Nagle studied theater and social justice at Georgetown University as an undergraduate student, and received her J.D. from Tulane Law School where she graduated summe cum laude and received the John Minor Wisdom Award. She is a frequent speaker at law schools and symposia across the country. Her articles have been published in law review journals including the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Yale Law Journal (online forum), Tulsa Law Review, and Tulane Law Review, among others. Nagle is an alumn of the 2012 PUBLIC THEATER Emerging Writers Group, where she developed her play Manahatta in PUBLIC STUDIO (May 2014). Productions include Miss Lead (Amerinda, 59E59, January 2014), and Fairly Traceable (Native Voices at the Autry, March 2017), Sovereignty (Arena Stage), and Manahatta (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). In 2019, the Rose Theater (Omaha, NE) will produce her new play Return to Niobrara, and Portland Center Stage will produce the world premiere of CrossingMnisose. Nagle has received commissions from Arena Stage (Sovereignty), the Rose Theater (Return to Niobrara, Omaha, Nebraska), Portland Center Stage (Crossing Mnisose), Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Yale Repertory Theatre (A Pipe for February).
Branislav Jakovljevic (TAPS Department Chair) is the author of Alienation Effects: Performance and Self-Management in Yugoslavia 1945-1991 (University of Michigan Press 2016), winner of ATHE Outstanding Book Award, and, most recently, Frozen Donkey and Other Essays (Smrznuti magarac i drugi eseji, Links, Belgrade 2017). His first book Daniil Kharms: Writing and the Event was published by Northwestern University Press in 2009.

Jakovljevic (pronounced Ya-kov-le-vich) publishes widely on subjects ranging from history of modernist theater, to experimental performance, to avant-garde and conceptual art, to contemporary performance. His articles appeared in leading scholarly journals in the United States (Theatre Journal, TDR, PAJ, Art Journal, Theater) and in Europe (Serbia, United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Croatia, Poland, and Belgium). In 2013 he chaired 19th annual Performance Studies international conference "Now Then: Performance and Temporality" at Stanford University.


This event will be held on Friday, November 9 from Noon to 1pm..


This event is free and open to Stanford students, faculty, and staff.


This event will be held in Nitery Studio Theater. For maps and parking info, click here.


This event is co-sponsored by the Stanford Native American Cultural Center.