Our Vital Stories: A Conversation on Native Playwrights

Our Vital Stories: Native Playwrights webinar graphicOUR VITAL STORIES

A Conversation on
Native Playwrights
with Randy Reinholz and Jean Bruce Scott

Friday, August 27 | 2pm ET
Live on YouTube!


Co-Founders of Native Voices at the Autry, Randy Reinholz and Jean Bruce Scott, join PICT Associate Producer Sharon McCune and Artistic Director Alan Stanford for a stimulating conversation on producing Native Playwrights and moving Native theatre past the binary of red and white race conflicts into larger American issues of the struggle between racism, classism, and creating a just and equitable society.

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.

Picture courtesy of Randy Reinholz for Oregon Shakespeare Festival