Vera Starbard

Vera Starbard

Vera Starbard is an Alaska Native (Tlingit/Dena'ina) writer and editor, born on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. She was born to Don and Linda Starbard, with siblings Karla, Miranda, and Nathan Starbard. Vera grew up all over Alaska due to her father's position as an Alaska State Trooper, and graduated from East Anchorage High School in 2000.

Vera became the playwright in...
Vera Starbard is an Alaska Native (Tlingit/Dena'ina) writer and editor, born on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. She was born to Don and Linda Starbard, with siblings Karla, Miranda, and Nathan Starbard. Vera grew up all over Alaska due to her father's position as an Alaska State Trooper, and graduated from East Anchorage High School in 2000.

Vera became the playwright in residence at Perseverance Theatre in 2016 through the Andrew W. Mellon Playwright Residency Program, and was renewed for an additional three-year commitment in 2019. Her play "Our Voices Will Be Heard" was published in the textbook "Contemporary Plays by Women of Color, Second Edition."

She is a writer for the PBS KIDS animated children's program "Molly of Denali," which won a Peabody Award in 2020. Vera is also the editor of First Alaskans Magazine, and has won numerous writing and editing awards, such as the Alaska Literary Award, Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award, and numerous Alaska Press Club awards.

Vera lives on Dena'ina land, known to most as Anchorage, with her husband Joseph Bedard (Inupiaq/Yup'ik/Cree.)

Plays

  • Native Pride (and Prejudice)
    Austen's classic tale takes a spin through modern-day Alaska villages, in which Raven quickly takes over the story - to tell it right!
  • Devilfish
    When a great sea monster destroys a prehistoric Alaskan village, a young girl is the lone survivor. She must find her way with a new people, in a land where legends still roam.

    Devilfish was inspired by the author's Tlingit clan stories, and imagines a beginning of a great people.
  • Our Voices Will Be Heard
    A powerful mother/daughter play navigating the dark waters of secrets and abuse. In a stylized 19th century Tlingit (Alaska Native) village, a family is rocked by allegations, and a mother must decide how to best protect her daughter.