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Indigenous Performing Arts Residency

Diné Nishłį (i am a sacred being)

or, A Boarding School Play

April 9-13 2024

Diné Nishłį (i am a sacred being) or, A Boarding School Play is a humorous and poignant exploration of coming of age and coming into identity, set in 2001-2 at a prep school on the Navajo Reservation that was formerly an American Indian boarding school. With the backdrop of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, four teenage girls participate in a traditional song and dance group to celebrate their Navajo heritage. Along the way, they encounter the spirited opinions of their teachers, the ghosts of the school’s history, and the visions of their future.

Creative Team

Playwright: Blossom Johnson

Director: Daniel Leeman Smith

Producer: Karen A. Smith


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Shawna: Honokee Dunn

Rosie: Sage Hemstreet

Ms. B: Lea McCormick

Kaylene: Zoey Reyes

Jolene: Sabrina Saleha

Ms. K: Shawna Shandiin Sunrise

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Producing Partners

The reading is a collaborative initiative with the University of California Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies and Arts Research Center. The presentation is made possible with support from the Venturous Theater Fund.

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