In Summer 2014, initial research and partner development were conducted in Western North Carolina, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
In Summer 2015, Ms. Studi completed a residency conducting interviews and participatory theater workshops. She also traveled along the Trail of Tears with her father, Thomas Studie, a Cherokee elder and native speaker.
Ms. Studi completed residencies with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Process Series (November 2015), which is dedicated to the development of new and significant works in the performing arts, and with Native Voices at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, CA.
The play was chosen for the Native Voices at The Autry’s 16th Annual Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays (Spring 2016).
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.