Theatre Staff

Native Voices at the Autry

DeLanna Studi is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation and is honored to be the new Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry. She has over 25 years of experience as a performer, storyteller, educator, facilitator, advocate, and activist.  Her theater credits include the First National Broadway Tour of Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play August: Osage County, Off-Broadway’s Gloria: A Life at the Daryl Roth Theatre, Informed Consent at the Duke Theater on 42nd Street, and Regional Theaters (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Cornerstone, and Indiana Repertory Theater). DeLanna originated roles in over eighteen World Premieres including fourteen Native productions. A pivotal moment in her career was writing and performing And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears based on retracing her family’s footsteps along the Trail of Tears with her father. And So We Walked has been produced throughout the country and was the first American play chosen for the Journees Theatricales de Carthage in Tunisia, Africa. In film and television, DeLanna can be seen in the Peabody Award winning Edge of America, Hallmark’s Dreamkeeper, Goliath, Shameless, and General Hospital. She is a recipient of the Butcher Scholar Award, MAP Fund Grant, and Cherokee Preservation Grant. Studi has been a part of residencies and workshops at various universities and organizations including: Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program, Brown University /Trinity Repertory Theater, Dartmouth College/ Hopkins Center, University of Wisconsin: Green Bay, University of Wisconsin: Madison, Arizona State University, Gonzaga University, University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill, and Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Since 2007, she has served as the chair of the SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee.

 

 


 

Randy Reinholz, founder and Producing Artistic Director Emeritus of Native Voices at the Autry is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. A producer, director, actor and playwright, with over 100 productions in the United States, Australia, England, and Canada. ATHE’s Ellen Stewart Career Achievement in Professional Theatre Award recipient, also recognized by Playwrights’ Arena’s, Los Angeles Drama Critics, MAP Grant, McKnight Fellowship, and multiyear support from the NEA, Ford Foundation, Shubert Foundation, City of LA Cultural Affairs, Disney, Sony, and LA County Arts Commission. A professor at San Diego State University, where he served as Head of Acting, Director of the School of Theatre, Television, and Film, and Director of Community Engagement and Innovation.

 

 

Jean Bruce Scott, founder and Producing Executive Director Emeritus of Native Voices at the Autry spent 25 years developing new plays, including more than 200 by Native American playwrights. For Native Voices, she produced 29 plays (including 23 world premieres) in 42 productions, 25 New Play Festivals, 8 Short Play Festivals, 16 Playwrights Retreats, numerous national and international tours, and over 275 play readings. Scott was instrumental in formalizing the Native Voices Artists Ensemble to mentor and support outstanding and promising Native American actors, writers, musicians, directors, designers, and producers. She is the recipient of a McKnight Fellowship, a MAP Grant, numerous NEA grants, a Ford Foundation Grant, Playwrights Arena's Lee Melville Award, and LADCC’s Gordon Davidson Award. Scott is on the Board of Trustees of the National Theatre Conference, New York, serves on the Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference National Advisory Board, is an ArtChangeUS Core Partner, and is a designated JUBILEE Cultural Architect. She is Chair of the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award for the National Theatre Conference. Scott is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.

Native Voices at the Autry Advisory Council Members

David Burton is the board chair of City Garage, a theatre company in Santa Monica specializing in contemporary European and American plays as well as original company work.  He also serves on the board of Arts for LA, an organization that advocates for public engagement and diverse investment in the arts as key components in creating healthy, vibrant communities. He previously served as the Senior Director of the Autry’s Institute for the Study of the American West and Managing Director of Native Voices at the Autry.

Tonantzín Carmelo (Gabrielino Tongva, Mexica) is an award-winning actress and a Screen Actors Guild nominee for her lead role in Steven Spielberg’s miniseries Into the West. Her numerous theatre, television, and film credits including Imprint, a supernatural thriller produced by Chris Eyre and Linn Productions.

Duane Champagne (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) is Professor of Sociology at UCLA and from 1991 to 2002 was director of the university’s American Indian Studies Center. Professor Champagne has authored or edited over 100 publications and was editor of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal from 1986 to 2003.

José Cruz González is a playwright, director, and Professor of Theatre at CSU Los Angeles. He  has written for PAZ, the Emmy Award–nominated television series produced by Discovery Kids for the Learning Channel and was a recipient of a 2004 TCG/Pew National Theatre Residency grant. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, TYA/USA, and an Associate Artist with Cornerstone Theater Company and Childsplay. 

Scott Kratz is currently Vice President for Education at the National Building Museum, leading the Public Programs and Youth Education departments. He served as Director of Programs at the Autry National Center from 1999 to 2005, overseeing the development of Native Voices at the Autry and serving as producer or associate producer for its Equity productions.

Oliver Mayer is an internationally produced playwright and Assistant Professor of Dramatic Writing at USC School of Theatre. He is the author of numerous plays, including Joe Louis Blues, produced at the Tiffany Theaters and LATC in Los Angeles, and Blade to the Heat, which has been performed in acclaimed productions around the world.

Bill Partlan is Associate Professor, Directing, at Arizona State University and the artistic director of Triple Espresso LLC in Minneapolis. He has directed for National Public Radio’s Earplay series and is known for his work with new plays and playwrights including Alan Ball, Lee Blessing, and John Patrick Shanley.

Kalani Queypo (Blackfeet, Hawaiian) is an actor, writer, director, and producer. His acting includes roles in the Oscar-nominated film The New World and the Emmy Award–winning miniseries Into the West. He has written and directed his first short film, Ancestor Eyes, which has won the following Awards: RIIFF, AOF, 2nd Place at TRMF, and the IF USA, Indie Fest USA.

Paula Starr is Executive Director of the Southern California Indian Center. An enrolled member in the Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, she has experience as a professional educator with a background in theatre.

Marjorie Tanin (Tewa, Hopi, and Kiowa) is an actor, a casting/technical advisor, and a consultant on television programs and feature films dealing with Indigenous subjects. She is former co-chair of the Native American Subcommittee of the Screen Actors Guild.

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