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Crafting Story with your Voice

A workshop for Nevada Native American students in 6th-9th grades


In this one-week course offered in partnership with Lucentree, students will write their own original theatrical monologue! We use visualization, Theater Games, and sensory exercises to introduce students to three-dimensional story-telling. By the end of the week each student will create one monologue, which will be presented by a professional actor.

$50 prize awarded to one student, chosen by the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program as part of Yale's Monologue Writing Competition for Native Youth.

About the instructor: Vickie Ramirez is a Tuscarora playwright from the East Coast who is delighted to be working with AlterTheater on a new interpretation of her play Pure Native for Quarantine Times.

FREE! No experience needed!


August 3-August 7

11 am to 12 noon (Pacific Standard Time)

Class size limited to 15 students

Technical requirements: students must have the ability to connect to the internet and to the Zoom platform.

Registration Deadline: register by July 31.

Pictured: (left) actors perform in Circular by Laura Shamas (Chickasaw); (right) Matt Kizer (Washoe) and Nick Garcia (Pueblo) perform in The River Bride.

Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora, Six Nations of the Grand River)

is a founding member of the Chukalokoli Native Theater Ensemble and Amerinda Theater. In 2009 Vickie became the first Indigenous playwright accepted to the Emerging Writer’s Group at New York’s famed Public Theater. She is also the first Indigenous playwright granted a residency at New Dramatists in New York City. Vickie has been produced in New York and Los Angeles and is delighted to be working with AlterTheater on this new version of Pure Native. Vickie just won the Smith Prize for Political Theater for 2020 and has received Honorable Mentions by the Kilroys for Pure Native and Standoff At Hwy#37. Vickie is also consulting on Outer Range for Amazon television. Currently, she is working on Not Invisible, a podcast celebrating female Native activists for Redhouse Productions. You can read her work in Monologues for Actors of Color: Women (2016), Monologues for Actors of Color: Men, and Contemporary Plays by Women of Color (2017). Member: Dramatists Guild.