Keynote Speaker

Larissa FastHorse

Larissa Fasthorse. Photo credit: Conor Horgan

Photo credit: Conor Horgan

Larissa FastHorse is an award winning playwright, director, and choreographer based in Santa Monica.  Larissa’s produced plays include What Would Crazy Horse Do? (KCRep, Relative Theatrics), Urban Rez (Cornerstone Theater Company), Landless (AlterTheater), Average Family (Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis), Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation (Native Voices at the Autry), Vanishing Point (Eagle Project) and Cherokee Family Reunion (Mountainside Theater).  Her new comedy, The Thanksgiving Play, will be produced at Artists Rep and Cap Stage next season.  Larissa directed the critically acclaimed play, Our Voices Will Be Heard (Perseverance Theater Company) and is developing two new projects to direct.

Additional theaters that have commissioned or developed plays with Larissa include ASU Gammage, History Theater, Kennedy Center TYA, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Arizona Theater Company, Mixed Blood, the Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor.  Larissa was awarded the PEN USA Literary Award for Drama, NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, Joe Dowling Annamaghkerrig Fellowship, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Inge Residency, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, the UCLA Native American Program Woman of the Year, two times on the Kilroy’s List and numerous Ford, Mellon and NEA Grants.  She is a current member of the Playwright’s Union, Director’s Lab West 2015, Theatre Communications Group board of directors, Playwright’s Center Core Writers and is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sicangu Lakota Nation.

Jonathan Mills, Paradigm NY  www.Hoganhorsestudio.com

 

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