The 2nd Annual Yale Young Native Storytellers Contest is sponsored by the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (YIPAP) to showcase the breadth of storytelling by indigenous youth. To support the new generation of storytellers, we invite indigenous youth to submit written versions of their plays and video versions of their songs, dances, or poetry for consideration.
The winners of the contest will showcase their work as part of this Yale Native Storytellers Festival. The winning playwright will receive a staged reading of their work with community and professional actors while the other winners will have the opportunity to perform as a part of the Festival.
The Festival will feature the following young Native artists:
Playwriting: Dillon Chitto’s (Mississippi Choctaw, Isleta Pueblo, & Laguna Pueblo) new play BINGO HALL.
Madeline Sayet (Mohegan) will direct the staged reading that begins at 7 pm, and the reading will feature a collection of professional and student actors, including Jake Hart, Reed Adair Bobroff, Cole Richards, Betsy Richards, Kinsale Hueston, Sarah D’Angelo, Madeleine Hutchins, and Kapiolani Laronal.
Following the reading of BINGO HALL the Festival will feature the following performances by contest winners:
- Spoken Word & Storytelling: Kinsale Hueston (Navajo)
- Dance: Sierra Simpson (Northern Cheyenne & Navajo)
- Hu To’Wi Baxter (Omaha Tribe of Nebraska)
The evening’s festivities will culminate in a reception hosted by the Native American Cultural Center on campus, located at 26 High Street, New Haven CT.