Tom Allard (Cherokee)
Tom Allard (Cherokee) has the great fortune to be a longtime member of both the performing arts and the visual arts faculties of Pasadena Polytechnic School. He is also incredibly handsome … and humble.
Alyssa Anderson (Cherokee)
Alyssa Anderson (Cherokee) is a graduate of PCPA’s 50th Anniversary class and is currently based in L.A. She has a deep love for classical work——some of her favorite roles include Lysander in Midsummer, Dionyza in Pericles, and Titania in Midsummer. She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support and love.
Sheri Foster Blake (Cherokee)
Jennifer Bobiwash (Ojibway)
Jennifer Bobiwash (Ojibway) is Anishinaabekwe from Misswezhaging. She is a First Nations actress, writer, content creator and teaching artist and is a Lead Artist in the Ensemble. Theatre credits include world premieres at Perseverance Theatre, Native Voices, and La Jolla Playhouse, as well as Yale Rep and on tour in Northern Alaska. She is currently writing essays about genetics and identity, developing workshops and curriculum for First Nation youth, and working on finishing another sci-fi play. She can be found online at www.jenniferbobiwash.com
Lorna Bowen (Muscogee Creek, Seminole, Cherokee)
Lorna Bowen (Muscogee Creek, Seminole, Cherokee) is a freelance Costumer, a Figure Finishing Artist for Animal Makers, and has had the great privilege to be Wardrobe Supervisor for Bingo Hall, Pure Native, and Lying with Badgers at Native Voices. She was given the great honor of reading and singing Aunt Iris for Missing Peace in 2019 as her first on stage performance for Native Voices. She is so grateful to Randy Reinholz and Jean Bruce Scott for building such a wonderful creative space and to Elisa Blandford for her faith and trust. MVTO!
Samantha Bowling (Cherokee)
Samantha Bowling (Cherokee) is a writer, actress, and art director from Cincinnati Ohio. Her acting work can be seen in the feature films Back To Awesome (Amazon, iTunes), Tomb Invader (Syfy), and Psycho Brother In-Law (Lifetime). She created a comedy collective called Bipolar Fantasy Squad that uses comedy to break down the stigma surrounding mental health and to empower audiences to seek effective mental health management opportunities. She regularly performs improv, stand up, and sketch comedy in Los Angeles and New York City. Follow @2ndGuessCorrect and @BipolarFantasySquad for updates and information on shows and opportunities to see Bowling perform her one-woman dark comedy variety show This Was Never Supposed To Be A One Woman Show: A One Woman Show.
Carla-Rae (Seneca/Mohawk/French Canadian)
Carla-Rae (Seneca/Mohawk/French Canadian) has appeared in TV series New Amsterdam, PBS docudrama We Shall Remain, feature film Imprint, and the ABC TV series Scoundrels. Behind the camera she wrote, produced, directed the PSA’s for Native Hoop Magazine and the award-winning Keep It Sacred for National Native Network. A member of Native Voices since 2010, Carla-Rae garnered the role of Majel in Diane Glancy’s The Birdhouse and Bobbie/Mother in Manahatta by Mary Kathryn Nagle at Yale Repertory Theatre. She recently completed filming Angels Ladder by John Powers.
Tonantzín Carmelo (Tongva, Kumeyaay)
Tonantzín Carmelo (Tongva, Kumeyaay) was previously seen in Native Voices’s world premiere production of Carbon Black, as well as in Teaching Disco Square Dancing to Our Elders, Please Do Not Touch the Indians, and Jump Kiss. Her film/TV credits include Into the West, Imprint, Unearthed, Shadow Heart, Shouting Secrets, The Girl in the Lake, Medicine Men, CSI: Miami, Dark Blue, and American Dad. She is also the voice and image of Kendra Daniels in the Electronic Arts game, "Dead Space."
Ehécatl A. Chávez (Azteca)
Ehécatl A. Chávez (Azteca) is a producer, director, and actor. Born and raised in a small village in eastern Mexico, he studied drama and architecture at the National University of Mexico City, where he earned a BA in acting. He then studied in New York at the Actor’s Studio (with Estelle Parsons). At age 26, Chávez became the youngest theatre director at Universidad Veracruzana, one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America.
Tsulan Cooper (Ainu, Sauk and Fox)
Tsulan Cooper (Ainu, Sauk and Fox) is an actor based in LA. She's appeared in feature films, theatre, and television. Recent projects include Wind Walkers (20th Century); Baskets (FX) opposite Zack Galifianakis and Saginaw Grant in a guest role as Margaret; Sense8 (Netflix); Chance (Hulu); and principal role as Mary in upcoming Netflix's feature film Juanita, opposite Alfre Woodard and Adam Beach. Lifetime member of the Actors Studio, AEA, SAG-AFTRA.
Mary Mora-Cordova (Apurepeche/Yaqui)
Mary Mora-Cordova (Apurepeche/Yaqui) is happy to return to the Autry where she’s played young and Elder women, witches, and metaphoric animals from wonderful teenagers’ works. She has performed in the original Ramona outdoor play as Margarita, Ancient Mara, and the first Native American/Hispanic Señora Moreno in decades. She’s performed lead roles at The Herberger in Arizona, The Hollywood Moguls, La Jolla, etc. Mary thanks Native Voices, her Autry friends, and husband Art of 40 years for their friendship and support.
Montana Cypress (Miccosokee Tribe of Indians of Florida)
Montana Cypress (Miccosokee Tribe of Indians of Florida) is a Los Angeles based playwright and actor from the Miccosukee Tribe located in South Florida. After finishing an acting program and finding his niche for playwriting at the New York Film Academy in Burbank, he has since been involved with Native Voices as well as play festivals for the academy.
Darrell Dennis (Shuswap)
Darrell Dennis (Shuswap) is an actor, writer, and comedian. His one-man show, Tales of an Urban Indian, has toured Canada and the U.S. and was accepted into the prestigious Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Dennis was a performer with the Second City and co-founded the Mayflower Welcoming Committee, an all— Native American comedy troupe. He has performed stand-up at the Just for Laughs Festival. Currently, he is a regular on the Nickelodeon TV series Open Heart.
Rainbow Dickerson (Rappahannock, Thai)
Rainbow Dickerson (Rappahannock, Thai) trained in London and New York City, along with various stunt training from LA Stunts. In addition to her work with Native Voices, Dickerson has worked on Broadway, with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the American Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Rep, Mixed Blood Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, The Purple Rose, and many others. A few screen credits include Chicago Fire, Gone, Banshee, and the latest feature from Mohawk director Tracey Deer, BEANS. If not on set or stage, you'll probably find her on a horse or motorcycle, on a long Sunday drive without a map, savoring a beautiful meal, or enjoying the great outdoors in some way or another. Dickerson advocates quality over quantity, encourages connection to Self and Spirit, and is represented by Liberman Zerman Management. SAG-AFTRA-AEA www.rainbowdickerson.com
Isabella Egizi (Cherokee)
Isabella Egizi (Cherokee), graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Theatre and Film Studies. Her favorite stage roles included The Pilot in the one woman show Grounded, Lady Macbeth in the good ol’ Scottish play, and the title role of Allison After a Fire in its world premiere in the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has appeared in many short films and last year starred in her first feature film, Carmen & Jorge. Isabella is also a singer/songwriter, playwright, and director. She is thrilled to have landed in this beautiful community of artists upon her recent arrival to Los Angeles.
Michaela Escarcega (Azteca - Rarámuri, Totonac)
Michaela Escarcega (Azteca - Rarámuri, Totonac) is an actor, director, and producer of the arts. Favorite theatrical credits include Franklin (Perseverance Theatre), Bingo Hall (Native Voices), Penny in Hairspray (PCC), and her KCACTF nominated performance as Rosalind in As You Like It. Directorial credits include Birthday in the Bronx by Paul Hufker, BY Jacqueline Wright (Tank LadyFest 18), Chained (*AD at The Wild Project) and Angels in America, Part 1 (CSUN). Escarcega was a 2018 Powerhouse resident at NY Stage and Film with The Sisyphus Project (Larry Biederman), a member of the 2019 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts with honors from CSU Northridge. www.michaelaescarcega.com
Olivia Espinosa (Azteca)
Olivia Espinosa (Azteca) is a bilingual actor, singer, playwright, and director. Her Southern California acting credits include Milvotchkee, Visconsin; Kita y Fernanda (Mo’olelo Performing Arts Co.); The Astronaut Farmworker; A Lonely Boy’s Guide to Survival (and Werewolves) (La Jolla Playhouse POP Tour); Tortilla Curtain; Earthquake Sun (San Diego Rep); Learn to Be Latina (Diversionary Theatre); and Escanaba in da Moonlight (Cygnet Theatre).
Rainy Fields (Muskogee Creek, Cherokee)
Rainy Fields (Muskogee Creek, Cherokee) graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in theatre. She has performed throughout L.A. in various theatre productions, most recently with the Production Company in Enron. Fields is also a member of the Mayflower Welcoming Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her adorable puppy, Boo Wagley.
Charley Flyte (Oglala Lakota/Mohawk)charleyflyte.net
Elizabeth Frances (Cherokee)
Elizabeth Frances (Cherokee) has performed at various theatres, including Center Theater Group, La Jolla Playhouse, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Native Voices, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Some film/TV credits include AMC's The Son, LOVE on Netflix, NBC's Heartbeat, and Drunktown’s Finest (Sundance 2014) with executive producer Robert Redford. She has a BFA in acting from CalArts.
Kyla Garcia (Taíno)
Kyla Garcia (Taíno) (she/her) is an artivist based in LA. Favorite storytelling moments include: originating the role of Sarah Ridge Polson in Sovereignty at Arena Stage (where she had the privilege of performing for Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Gloria Steinem!), creating the digital spoken-word short Herstory 101, and playing the title role in the upcoming pilot Blackwater. Fun facts: she has narrated over 220 audiobooks, is currently the English voice of Lidia on Netflix’s Cable Girls, and co-designed the Batey Girl's Sovereignty bracelet; 10% of each sale benefits the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center. www.kylagarcia.com
Jason Grasl (Blackfeet)
Jason Grasl (Blackfeet) is an actor, playwright, and director and has been working with Native Voices for more than a decade. As a playwright, his plays include The Blame of Love, Emergency Management, and Lying with Badgers, which had its world premiere at Native Voices in 2020. As an actor, Grasl was most recently seen on the Native Voices' stage in Fairly Traceable. Other theatre credits include Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Garry Marshall; Cherokee at Woolly Mammoth; The Blame of Love; Trophies; Sliver of a Full Moon (touring); Urban Rez at Cornerstone (assistant director); and Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Film credits: White Fang, Cassidy Red, The Seminarian, and the narrator of the award-winning short film Telling People You're Native American When You're Not Native is a lot Like Telling a Bear You're a Bear When You're Not a Bear. TV/New Media credits: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 9-1-1, White Collar, Hot in Cleveland, and A Jew in Choctaw Country. Grasl is represented by FRP Talent and Mad Catch Entertainment.
RaeAnn Herrera (Apache)
RaeAnn Herrera (Apache) has been involved in theatre for more than 30 years behind the scenes as a costumer and production manager. RaeAnn began working on stage again with Native Voices two years ago in the staged reading of Fairly Traceable. She is a retired courtroom clerk from San Diego Superior Court and spends her time performing with Native Voices at the Autry and traveling. She is also active in her San Diego community working with non-profit agencies for education and services for families and victims of domestic violence.
Rachel Herrera (Apache)
Rachel Herrera (Apache) is a San Diego based actor, singer, and dancer. She’s previously been seen in Bring It On (San Diego Musical Theatre Conservatory), Annie in the staged reading of Fairly Traceable (Native Voices at the Autry), Jasmine in Aladdin (CYT), Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors (San Diego Junior Theatre), and Bird in A Year with Frog and Toad (Coronado Playhouse). Rachel is also a current member in Eastlake Dance Company. She continues to pursue her acting career and will be attending college in the fall of 2018.
Allison Hicks (Prairie Band Potawatomi /Choctaw)
Allison Hudson Hicks (Prairie Band Potawatomi /Choctaw) recently appeared in the world premiere of Devilfish by Vera Starbard at Perseverance Theatre in Alaska. Other acting credits include Mary Kathryn Nagle’s Return to Niobrara at the Rose Theater, Omaha, NE and Bingo Hall by Dillon Chitto in Los Angeles, CA. She has also performed in the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program Play Festival, John F. Kennedy Center 2018 Play Festival, and multiple appearances at Native Voices Playwrights Retreats and Short Play Festivals.
Carolina Hoyos (Quechua)
Carolina Hoyos (Quechua) is a 2019 Native American TV Writer Lab Fellow, a 2020 West Hollywood Directing Artist Grantee, and is featured on the LA County Artist Roster until 2023. Film/TV credits include Too Old To Die Young on Amazon Prime, 3 seasons on MTV Hits, Hulu’s Dollhouse, Blackwater (Skins Fest 2019) and Polar Sun (imagineNATIVE 2016). Stage credits include Sitting Bull’s Last Waltz, Match, Jimi’sthesia, Hortensia & the Museum of Dreams. Hoyos is also a proud member of comedy troupes Mayflower Welcoming Committee, Dad Jeans and Nightpantz (WhoHaHa’s Best Sketch). Managed by Holt Management.p at the Just for Laughs Festival. Currently, he is a regular on the Nickelodeon TV series Open Heart.
Shayna Jackson (Dakota, Cree)
Shayna Jackson (Dakota, Cree) currently can be seen hosting the show The Hub on FNX. During the past year she has worked in film and theatre in NYC and L.A. Aside from acting and performing, Jackson spends most of her time working toward her degree at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. She has performed multiple times at the House of Blues in Hollywood as well as other local venues.
Bella King (Confederated Salish, Kootenai)
Bella King (Confederated Salish, Kootenai) was born in Montana and raised in Canada and the U.S. At the ripe old age of six, she began acting in various community theatre productions. After living in Indiana, Seattle, Vancouver, Alberta, and finally Los Angeles, King has expanded her career into numerous film and television projects. She wrote and directed the short film Unmatched, which was a finalist in the Burbank International Film Festival.
Shyla Marlin (Choctaw)
Shyla Marlin (Choctaw) is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she studied theatre and French. Her recent theatre credits include Native Visions (Will & Co), Off the Rails, Ungipamsuuka (My Story), and The Frybread Queen (Native Voices). Highlighted film/TV credits include Whatever It Takes, Lies and Alibis, Woo, Fashion House, Saints and Sinners, and Minding the Store. Her writing and producing credits include The Hummingbirds (Native Voices and LATC Playwright Workshops), Still Standing (Vitality Prod.), and A Starbuck’s Story (“Best Short,” FAIF Film Festival).
Robert I. Mesa (Navajo/Soboba)
Duane Minard (Yurok, Piaute)
Duane Minard (Yurok, Piaute) recently performed as Paul in They Don’t Talk Back at the Autry and La Jolla Playhouse. His other theatre credits as a member of the Ensemble include Off the Rails and Stories From the Indian Boarding School. Past theatre credits include Ramona, Zorro, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Bad Seed. His recent film credits include Open Season and the upcoming Frontiersmen TV mini-series.
Jaraneh Nova (Apache)
A composer, songwriter, and actress, Jaraneh Nova (Apache) was adopted and raised by an American family in Tucson, Arizona. Singing and playing piano and flute were an early source of musical joy for her. She grew up a part of the Sonoran Desert, riding horses through the days while writing songs in her heart. Nova later began performing in plays, musicals, and eventually film. She has written numerous albums and has scored videos and short films.
Jen Olivares (Juaneño Band of Mission Indians)Jen Olivares (Juaneño Band of Mission Indians) is a two-spirit actor, singer, dancer and movement director. Theatre credits include Manahatta (Yale Repertory Theatre), the first LGBTQ+ production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, The Way The Mountain Moved, and Off The Rails (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Movement Director/Choreographer). TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Member of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, a Southern California tribe, one of 200 non-federally recognized tribes currently petitioning for federal recognition.
Tanis Parenteau (Métis Nation of Alberta)
Tanis Parenteau (Métis Nation of Alberta) is an actor and producer. Favorite credits include guest starring on Billions opposite Paul Giamatti, FBI: Most Wanted opposite Julian McMahon, Designated Survivor opposite Kiefer Sutherland, and House of Cards opposite Michael Kelly. Parenteau also narrates for Penguin Random House, Audible, and Hachette Audio and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The New School for Drama. www.tanisparenteau.com
Kalani Queypo (Blackfeet, Hawaiian)
Kalani Queypo (Blackfeet, Hawaiian) proudly serves on the Native Voices Advisory Council and is a founding member of the National American Indian Committee at SAG-AFTRA. He can be seen in the Oscar-nominated, Terrence Malick film, The New World, Steven Spielberg’s Emmy winning Into the West and Slow West (Sundance GRAND JURY PRIZE). Television credits include Jamestown (producers of Downton Abbey), Saints & Strangers, Fear the Walking Dead, Mad Men, Nurse Jackie, Bones, and Hawaii Five-0. Queypo is currently filming the new CBC series, The Trickster.
Dolores Quintana (Hopi)
Dolores Quintana (Hopi) is a Native American, Hopi, and Chicana actress, writer, singer, and activist from Los Angeles. She works in immersive theatre, with such groups as Alone: an Existential Haunting and Screenshot Productions, independent film, and occasionally TV. She is a journalist and critic for Nightmarish Conjurings, Fangoria., Pocho.com, The Theatre @Boston Court's blog, and the late lamented Buddyhead. She lives to take the truthful human experience to its limits and beyond. Can really cry on cue. Seriously.
Kenny Ramos (Barona Band of Mission Indians – Kumeyaay)
Kenny Ramos (Barona Band of Mission Indians – Kumeyaay) grew up on the Barona Indian Reservation and holds a BA in American Indian Studies from UCLA. He is a recipient of First Peoples Fund’s Cultural Capital Fellowship and Theatre Communications Group’s Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship. Credits include: Urban Rez, Native Nation (Cornerstone Theater Company); Return to Niobrara (Kennedy Center/Rose Theater Omaha); Devilfish (Perseverance Theatre); Bingo Hall (Native Voices); Off the Rails (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (South Dakota Shakespeare Festival); Reclaiming One Star (Denver Center Workshop).
Randy Reinholz (Choctaw)
Randy Reinholz (Choctaw) is founder and Producing Artistic Director Emeritus of Native Voices at the Autry. Awarded ATHE’s Ellen Stewart Career Achievement in Professional Theatre, 2019. Recognized by Playwrights’ Arena, Los Angeles Drama Critics. Grants: MAP Grant, McKnight Fellowship, the NEA, Ford Foundation, Shubert Foundation, City of LA Cultural Affairs, Disney, Sony, LA County Arts Commission. A professor at San Diego State University, where he’s served as Head of Acting, Director of the School of Theatre, Television, and Film, and Director of Community Engagement and Innovation.
Katie Rich (Cherokee, Chickasaw)
Katie Rich (Chickasaw, Cherokee) is an LA based actor, director, and writer who trained at Harvard and the Moscow Art Theatre School. In addition to Native Voices, some of her theatre credits include, the Guthrie, American Repertory Theater, American Conservatory Theater, and La Jolla Playhouse. She is an improvisor and writer who can be seen at UCB, The Ruby LA, and The Second City: Hollywood. She has also performed internationally at MXAT and Theatre Royal Bath. MFA: Harvard/A.R.T. Institute; BA: San Diego State. www.katieanvilrich.com
Andrew Roa (Shasta)
Andrew Roa (Shasta) has been acting professionally for many moons and has worked with Native Voices since 1999. His film credits include Yellowrock, The Ice Man Chronicles, If, Picking Up the Pieces, and Pocahontas II. His TV credits include Quantum Leap, Doctor Doctor, Fame, and The Ellen Burstyn Show. His stage credits include Black Elk Speaks, The Spirit of Pocahontas, Kino & Teresa, Please Do Not Touch the Indians, and Equus.
Christopher Salazar (Cayuga, Seneca)
Christopher Salazar (Cayuga, Seneca) recently performed as the title role in The Importance of Being Earnest (A Noise Within) and All’s Well That Ends Well (The Old Globe), where he also acted in the 2012 and 2013 Shakespeare Festivals. In Los Angeles, he has performed with the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Theatricum Botanicum, and Coeurage Theatre Company. New York credits include the world premiere of Thieves (The Public Theater & Amerinda), Hamlet (Gorilla Rep), and The Tempest (Brave New World Repertory Theatre). Regionally, he has worked with the Barter Theatre, the Barnstormers Theatre, and the American Shakespeare Center, among others. MFA: The Old Globe/USD. BA: UNC-Chapel Hill.
Jean Bruce Scott
Jean Bruce Scott is founder and Producing Executive Director Emeritus of Native Voices at the Autry. She's developed 200+ plays by Native American playwrights, produced 29 plays (22 world premieres), 25 New Play Festivals, 16 Playwrights Retreats, 9 Short Play Festivals, 280+ play readings, and 25 national and international tours. Creator/co-creator: Native Voices Artists Ensemble, Native Radio Theater Project, La Jolla Playhouse Native Theatre Initiative, and Alaska Native Playwrights Project; on the Board of Trustees for the National Theatre Conference, NY. SAG-AFTRA, AEA.
Alec Shamas (Chickasaw)
Alec Shamas (Chickasaw) graduated high school from Interlochen Arts Academy and cum laude from the Hartt School of Music and Drama with a BFA in acting. He did a summer intensive with Shakespeare and Company. His previous works include an episode of the Web series Preface to Being Jaded, Off the Rails, and Stories From the Indian Boarding School in the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Kevin Sifuentes (Hopi)
Kevin Sifuentes (Hopi) is an actor, writer, artist, and filmmaker. Originally from Texas, Sifuentes earned a BFA from USC. His acting career now extends over 20 years and includes numerous projects in film, television, national commercials, and theatre. His stage credits include work with Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory, San Jose Rep, About Productions, Cornerstone Theatre Company, and Native Voices. As a filmmaker, he has produced, directed, and written several shorts that have toured the film festival circuit.
Erika Stone (Iroquois)
After receiving a BA from Boston University and performing in several independent films throughout New England, Erika Stone (Iroquois) moved to Los Angeles and has performed in Caligula; Blood Wedding; Marry, F***, or Kill; and Not One More Foot of Land, as well as numerous productions with Native Voices. Notable film and television credits include Lucky Louie, Spring Breakdown, and most recently, a superhero series, The Ploy. This winter, Stone will be performing in Our Voices Will Be Heard at Perseverance Theatre in Alaska. She is represented by L&L Talent and is a member of SAG-AFTRA.
Glenn Stanton (Cherokee)
Glenn Stanton (Cherokee) is a graduate of Ohio Northern University where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre and played linebacker for the football team. He has worked with such theaters as the Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Utah Shakespeare, Getty Villa, and many others. Some of his TV credits include: 9-1-1, The Son, Chicago Fire, Rosewood, and Days of our Lives. Stanton is also a writer and producer here in Los Angeles.
DeLanna Studi (Cherokee)
DeLanna Studi (Cherokee) is Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry. She is an actor/playwright whose TV credits include Dreamkeeper, Edge of America, Shameless, General Hospital, Z Nation, and the recent season of Goliath. Her theatre credits include the first national Broadway tour of August: Osage County, Off-Broadway’s Informed Consent and Gloria: A Life. She retraced her family’s footsteps along the Trail of Tears with her father and created her play And So We Walked which has been touring for the last two years. She is the Chair of SAG-AFTRA’s National Native Americans Committee..
Kholan Studi (Cherokee)
Kholan Studi (Cherokee) was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The son of actor Wes Studi and the grandson of Jack Albertson, Studi was bitten by the acting bug early on in life and recently completed his training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Benny Wayne Sully (Sicangu Lakota)
Benny Wayne Sully (Sicangu Lakota) is from Indiana and studied acting at Indiana University. Some of his favorite roles include Butch Honeywell in Last Days of Judas Iscariot (independent project), Bennett in Punk Rock (Indiana University Theater), and Sasquatch in Rock, Egg, Spoon (WildWind Performance Lab). You can also catch him regularly performing improv at Upright Citizens Brigade. His friends call him Bendy.
Sheila Tousey (Stockbridge-Munsee/Menominee)
Sheila Tousey (Stockbridge-Munsee/Menominee) is a writer, director, and actress with many film, television, and theatre credits to her name including appearances in Signature Theatre and Magic Theatre’s Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard; Marie in Joanne Akalaitis’ Woyzeck at the Public Theater; and at the Guthrie Theater in Marsha Norman’s adaptation of Louise Erdrich’s Master Butchers Singing Club. She was a Drama Desk nominee for acting and is also a company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Joseph Valdez (Navajo)
Joseph Valdez (Navajo) was awarded a Presidential Scholarship to study theatre at the University of Southern California. His favorite theatre credits include Ramona (Ramona Bowl), Se Llama Cristina (Boston Court), School for Scandal (Theatricum Botanicum), and Looking Towards Lourdes (USC). His playwriting credits include Timestop, Little Big Joe the Bug Squasher, and Totem Boy. Valdez was recently featured in American Theater magazine as a theatre artist to watch.
Robert Vestal (Cherokee descent)
Robert Vestal (Cherokee descent) is an actor, writer, and director based in Los Angeles. He has performed with Native Voices at the Autry since 2002 and is currently a Lead Artist in the company's ensemble. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, studied at The Second City and is also a graduate of The Groundlings. He has appeared in numerous commercials and is a veteran of the stage having performed in front of an audience literally thousands of times. His film and television credits include ER, It’s All Relative, and the ALMA Award winning film No Turning Back. Vestal won the Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award for his short play A Little off the Top and completed the Native American TV Writers Lab with his sitcom pilot Eddy Mfg.
Brían Pagaq Wescott (Athabascan, Yup’ik)
Brían Wescott (Athabascan/Yup’ik) is a born-and-bred, enrolled Alaska Native. Aside from annual Playwrights Retreats and Short Play Festivals, NVA audiences last saw him as Tim in They Don't Talk Back by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse and directed by Randy Reinholz. His next filmed outing will be in an online series about the lockdown, details TBA soon. Despite an Ivy League education, he will always be the boy from Alaska, from the cabin at the end of the four-mile dirt road without running water. AEA, SAG-AFTRA, WGAW. KMR Talent.
Román Zaragoza (Pima)
Román Zaragoza (Pima) can currently be seen as Miles on Austin & Ally, the hit Disney Channel show. Other TV credits include Nickelodeon’s Everyday Kid, the Conan O’Brien Show, Sesame Street, and numerous national commercials. He has worked with such notable directors as Ron Howard and Fred Savage, and has theatrical credits in both New York City and Los Angeles.
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