Native American actors to perform at NIC through Popcorn Forum

A play writing project involving students from the Coeur d'Alene Tribal School in Desmet, Idaho will culminate with the performance of the children's one-act plays by professional Native American actors at a 1 p.m. Popcorn Forum Monday, Oct. 10 in North Idaho College's Schuler Auditorium.

A total of 10 sixth- through eighth-grade students from the Coeur d'Alene Tribal School were paired with mentor actors from North Idaho College, the University of Idaho and Whitworth College in a set of intensive playwriting workshops this fall led by professional theater artist Thomas Kellogg, a Post Falls High School graduate and former player in NIC theater productions. Kellogg and his partner Myra Donnelley encourage the students to explore crisis, urgency and possible consequences in their plays.

The Young Native Playwrights Project: North American Outreach will culminate with the performances by six actors and actresses, who are currently working in film, television and theater in Los Angeles, many of whom performed in the recent television program “Into the West.” Actors and actresses performing include Thirza Defoe of the Ojibwe and Oneida tribes; Kalani Queypo, Blackfoot and Hawaiian; Delanna Studi Cherokee; Elena Finney of the Mescalero Apache tribe; Andrew Roa, Shasta and Aztec; and Princess Lucaj, Athabaskan.

The child that wrote the play during the two-week workshop will be seated on stage while the professional actors perform it. Nearly 1,200 students from regionwide middle schools will view the presentation at 9:30 a.m. The performances will be open to the public at 1 p.m.

The event is free and cosponsored by the NIC Popcorn Forum and the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

Information: (208) 769-7782.

For More Information
NIC Political Science Instructor and Popcorn Forum Coordinator Tony Stewart, (208) 769-3325

Posted: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005

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