Native Nation


Larissa FastHorse is a Sicangu Lakota playwright, director, and choreographer whose work radically engages Indigenous collaborators to explore onstage representations of the joys and challenges that the Native community faces.

Artist Bio

Native Nation is a community-generated and -performed immersive theatrical experience created through radical engagement with the Lakota communities of South Dakota. Native Nation combines long term community service with the Cornerstone methodology of creating theater through a Native lens to make work that is truly Indigenous and artistically excellent.


Award Year
2019
Status

In Progress

Larissa FastHorse

Santa Monica, CA

Larissa FastHorse is a Sicangu Lakota playwright, director, and choreographer whose work radically engages Indigenous collaborators to explore onstage representations of the joys and challenges that the Native community faces. Her latest comedy, The Thanksgiving Play, is a hilarious and poignant play that touches upon weighty issues such as privilege, representation and appropriation, but never loses its sense of humor.

FastHorse’s past plays include What Would Crazy Horse Do?, Urban Rez, Landless and Cow Pie BingoAverage Family, Teaching Disco Square Dancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation, Vanishing Point and Cherokee Family Reunion. She also directed the critically acclaimed play, Our Voices Will Be Heard at the Perseverance Theater Company, and is developing projects with an emphasis on rigorous Indigenous community engagement. FastHorse won the PEN USA Literary Award for Drama, NEA Distinguished New Play Grant, Joe Dowling Annamaghkerrig Fellowship, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, the UCLA Native American Woman of the Year and the Ford, Mellon and NEA Grants. She is a proud officer of the Board of Directors for Theatre Communications Group and represented by Jonathan Mills, Paradigm NY.