Rhiana Yazzie

Rhiana Yazzie

Rhiana Yazzie is a playwright, director, and actor based in Minnesota, and is an enrolled citizen of the Navajo Nation.  She is a two time Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow (2010/2011 and 2006/2007) and was a Playwrights’ Center Core Member for three years.  She is currently a playwright in residence at the William Inge Center in Independence, Kansas. Her most recent projects include a joint commission from...
Rhiana Yazzie is a playwright, director, and actor based in Minnesota, and is an enrolled citizen of the Navajo Nation.  She is a two time Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow (2010/2011 and 2006/2007) and was a Playwrights’ Center Core Member for three years.  She is currently a playwright in residence at the William Inge Center in Independence, Kansas. Her most recent projects include a joint commission from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the New York Public Theater to write a play for American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle.  Rhiana also writes for young audiences, her play Chile Pod, commissioned by the La Jolla Playhouse, toured to 18,000 youth in Southern California schools and communities.  She has been a resident at the biennial Bonderman National Theatre for Youth Symposium and The Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices.  She created New Native Theatre in 2009, a company based in the Twin Cities; it is a new of looking at, thinking about, and staging Native American stories, newnativetheatre.org.  Notable recent productions include Native Man the Musical and 2012: The Musical! She is creating a new radio comedy-drama series, Little Apple Big Apple about the highs and lows of being Native and living in the Twin Cities, a book of short stories, and a new children’s musical among other plays; as an actor, this summer she was featured in Amber Patton’s short, Homecoming.  Some of her plays are published online in university libraries across the country through Alexander Street Press.

Plays

  • 2012: The Musical!
    2012: THE MUSICAL! is a romp through the end of the world as we know it! Inspired by the hoopla of the end of the Mayan calendar, it’s the comedic story of Natives living, working, and loving on Minneapolis’ infamous Franklin Avenue, from AIM inspired warriors to grant writing social service workers, and wannabe rockstars, the play looks at the year 2012 from a truly urban Native perspective. Expect the...
    2012: THE MUSICAL! is a romp through the end of the world as we know it! Inspired by the hoopla of the end of the Mayan calendar, it’s the comedic story of Natives living, working, and loving on Minneapolis’ infamous Franklin Avenue, from AIM inspired warriors to grant writing social service workers, and wannabe rockstars, the play looks at the year 2012 from a truly urban Native perspective. Expect the return of Indian Alien ancestors who come to fix the ills of society complete with the arrival of glam rock ancestors and dancing neon buffalo.