Mary Kathryn Nagle

Mary Kathryn Nagle

Mary Kathryn Nagle was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and an honorary member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. She studied theater at Georgetown University, and went on to study law at Tulane Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of the Judge John Minor Wisdom Award. Her law review articles have been published in five...
Mary Kathryn Nagle was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and an honorary member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. She studied theater at Georgetown University, and went on to study law at Tulane Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of the Judge John Minor Wisdom Award. Her law review articles have been published in five different journals, including the Tulane Law Review and Tulsa Law Review. At Tulane, she wrote and produced Katrina Stories, Welcome to Chalmette, To the 7th Degree, and Miss Lead. Welcome to Chalmette (Next Stage Press, 2011) won the 2008 TNT POPS Playwriting Contest, and was a finalist in the Reva Shiner Playwriting Contest as well as Aurora Theatre’s 2009-2010 Global Age Project. In 2009, To the 7th Degree was accepted at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. She has also written Waaxe’s Law, which was performed at the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska on May 12, 2009, in celebration of the 130th Anniversary of the Trial of Chief Standing Bear. In December of 2009, Waaxe’s Law received a Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for readings at Creighton Law School in Omaha, Nebraska; the 2010 Annual Chief Standing Bear Celebration in Lincoln, Nebraska; the 2010 Great Plains Theatre Conference; and the 2010 Annual Ponca Pow-Wow. In October of 2011, the Great Plains Theatre Conference and Metropolitan Community College performed Waaxe’s Law at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Waaxe’s Law has most recently been performed at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on December 12, 2012. Nagle is a 2013 alumn of the Public Theater’s Emering Writers Group. During her tenure in the Emerging Writers Group, Nagle wrote Manahatta. Manahatta was performed as a staged reading as a side-event in the 2013 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous People, and received a reading as a part of the Public’s NEW WORK NOW series. Most recently, the Public Theater workshopped Manahatta in its fist iteration of PUBLIC STUDIO (May 2014). In December 2014, Manahatta was named a top-three Finalist for the 2014 William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting. AMERINDA produced Miss Lead as an equity showcase in January 2014 at 59e59 Theaters (New York). Nagle was a member of the Civilians’ Research and Development Group in 2013-2014, where she wrote her latest play, Fairly Traceable. Her other plays include: In My Father’s Eyes, Sliver of a Full Moon (www.sliverofafullmoon.org), and Diamonds . . . are a Boy’s Best Friend. Sliver of a Full Moon was recently presented as a staged reading at Yale Law School. It has been previously presented at the United Nations, World Conference on Indigenous People and the Public Theater’s JOE’s PUB on September 21, 2014. Both readings are available to view online via Howlround: http://howlround.com/livestreaming-sliver-of-a-full-moon-by-cherokee-playwright-mary-kathryn-nagle-sun-sept-21 and http://howlround.com/livestreaming-sliver-of-a-full-moon-a-play-about-justice-for-native-women-yale-law-school-tues-march Nagle currently lives in New York City where she practices laws and writes plays.