Getting into 'The Industry'
Coming on a Sunday Soon!
From 'what's an audition?', to 'what makes a good headshot and resume?', Tanis Parenteau, an award-winning actor with credits in film, tv, and stage, is leading virtual workshop with all the info you need to get started in acting. Tanis will answer questions like 'what’s an agent?' 'Do you need a website?' But most importantly, she'll lead you through how to make a dope self tape!
About Tanis Parenteau
Tanis Parenteau is an actor/producer, member of the Métis Nation of Alberta (Cree) and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The New School for Drama. Her work focuses on uplifting contemporary Native stories & smashing tired, harmful Native stereotypes.
Storytelling in the Digital Space
Uplifting your voice and speaking out on virtual platforms
More information coming soon!
About Lofanitani Aisea Ball
Lofanitani Aisea-Ball is a Modoc, Black, Tongan, Tahlequah, and Klamath ta’ahine born and raised in Portland and on her ancestral homelands in Chiloquin, Oregon. Through her educational TikToks and YouTube videos, Lofanitani shares activism work that navigates the Black Indigenous experience with intergenerational knowledge.
Panel with Industry Pros
A Conversation with Joey Clift
It's exciting to imagine a career in TV, film, or theater, but it's often hard to figure out how to get there. What steps should you take after school? What jobs should you apply for? Join professional TV writer and producer Joey Clift as he talks about his background, career, and experiences - and how he got to where he is today.
About Joey Clift
Joey Clift is a comedian, TV writer, and enrolled Cowlitz Indian Tribal Member. Writing credits include Molly of Denali on PBS, Lego Ninjago: Decoded on Cartoon Network and the upcoming Spirit Rangers on Netflix, which is the first ever animated tv show in the history of the United States television industry created by, about, and starring Native people.
This weeklong workshop culminated in the creation of an original short screenplay. Students were able to experience what it’s like to be in a TV or film writing room, bouncing ideas off one another and working together. Playwright Vickie Ramirez led the group through the whole process, stopping to explore character creation and development, objectives, obstacles, story arc and format.
Crafting Story with your Voice
A workshop for Nevada Native American students in 6th-9th grades. This one-week course was offered in partnership with Lucentree in August 2020 and taught by Vickie Ramirez. We used visualization, Theater Games, and sensory exercises to introduce students to three-dimensional story-telling. By the end of the week each student created a monologue, which was presented by a professional actor.
Summer Acting Camp (in person)
Led by Tara Moses, Teresa Melendez, Kenny Ramos & Jeanette Harrison and designed for Native youth. This performing arts and youth leadership sleep away camp, held on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno was a 5-day, 4-night sleep-away camp for Native American students in grades 6-12 in July 2021. Students explored theater games, character work, improv, and scene work. On the final day, students performed their work.
Comedy Writing Workshop
A workshop for Native American students in 6th-9th grades. Through this workshop, students explored what makes them laugh and started to learn how comedians craft “funny” to make other people laugh. This virtual workshop was led by playwrights Dillon Chitto and Vickie Ramirez.
Your Issues, Your Voice, Your Theater
A workshop for Nevada Native American students in grades 7-12, led by Tara Moses with Teresa Melendez, Vickie Ramirez & Jeanette Harrison. During this two-day workshop in Spring of 2021, we explored ways to stand up to injustice, celebrate culture and community, and make change for the better... by creating stories that imagine the change they want to see. At the end of the second day, students performed the plays they had created.