Native American Theatre Project

The Native American Theatre Project, a three-week-long creative co-laboratory, was held in Cherokee, NC, July 18-August 16, 2016 with support from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and the Cherokee Historical Association held the 2016 Native American Theatre Project, a three-week “creative co-laboratory” in Cherokee, North Carolina, on July 18.

As part of the Project, Cherokee Artist DeLanna Studi and visiting faculty hosted  a storytelling workshop on Saturday, July 23, at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. The workshop was free and open to the public, and was designed to introduce community members to creative processes to help contemporary Cherokee people tell their own stories. 

Studi also held a public reading of selected excerpts from AND SO WE WALKED: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears.

The Native American Theatre Project, which is sponsored in part by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, is a professional and creative development intensive that brings together performers, artists and leaders of two of the country's most important Native American theaters, North Carolina’s renowned outdoor drama Unto These Hills and Native Voices at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. In addition, the project helps enhance the artistry of the production of Unto These Hills. For more information about Unto These Hills and the Oconaluftee Indian Village, please visit

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