Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre
Since its formation almost twenty-five years ago, Red Eagle Soaring has mentored hundreds of Native youth, staged over one hundred fifty productions, and supported youth access to the healing power of Native cultural traditions, promoting social, physical, and intellectual engagement.
Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre is committed to bringing together Native youth to learn about the technical aspects and process of theatre, and build a community of people interested in learning about, sharing, promoting, and supporting Native arts and culture.
Empowering Native youth to express themselves, to take creative action on the issues that affect their lives, and sustain their cultural heritage, Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre serves the Seattle community, bringing to Native American youth free programming integrating contemporary theatre and traditional Native performing arts.
Engaging Native youth and their families in critical discussions about the issues affecting their lives, they continue to provide a cultural peer group, building confidence, identity, and community through a year-round cycle of programming including a touring Spring Play; summer theatre workshops held in Tribal settings bringing together urban and reservation Indian youth; a two-week summer camp; and fall performance workshops focused on traditional music and storytelling.
Red Eagle Soaring is empowering Native youth to express themselves, take creative action on the issues that affect their lives, and sustain their cultural heritage.
Red Eagle Soaring programming supports the ‘Since Time Immemorial’ Washington state tribal history and sovereignty curriculum developed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. They are committed to teaching youth about their Native tradition, history, and culture that reflects the diversity of tribal origins in Seattle’s urban multicultural setting.
Red Eagle Soaring collaborates with and receive in-kind support from organizations like the Seattle Indian Health Board; Teatro ZinZanni; Seattle Antioch University; the University of Washington School of Education; the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation; Longhouse Media; and the Seattle Public School District’s Huchoosedah Indian Education Program.
In collaboration with City of Seattle Human Services Department, Red Eagle Soaring presented the unique performance: “We Are: An Urban Youth Celebration of Indigenous Peoples”
Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre is lead by Managing Director Sisseton Wahpeton, with Melissa Woodrow (Wuksachi Band of Western Mono), as Program Coordinator. The Board of Directors include Jeff Barehand-Board President (Navajo and Gila River); Martha Brice (adopted Tlingit); Yvette Pinkham-Secretary (Southern Cheyenne), community organizer, Social Worker for DSHS/Office of Indian Child Welfare, and mentor to Native youth; Hannah Franklin; Colleen Echohawk (Pawnee), Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club; Petaki Cobell (Blackfeet); Pah-Tu Pitt-Gallagher-Treasurer (Warm Springs), a Tribal Canoe Journey paddler.
Red Eagle Soaring current Teaching Artists include: Jake Hart (Blackfeet), Lily Gladstone (Blackfeet), Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha Klallam), Curtis Ahenakew (Cree), Drew Hobson, (Pamunky), Becca Kirk (Klamath, Ojibwe), Dallas Pinkham (Southern Cheyenne, Yakama, Nez Perce, and Grande Ronde, (Potowanamee).
Pidamaya… Gunalcheesh… Nitsiniiyi’ taki… Kleco… kleco… Miigwech… Ah-sheh’heh.
For info: Admin. office: Northwest Film Forum, Capitol Hill, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle, WA. Performances at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, (206) 390-2603, redeaglesoaring.org, email@example.com