About Us

Mission: YIPAP works to promote and cultivate indigenous storytelling and performance to further authentic representation at Yale and in Indian Country. Our core values are Performance, Research, Academics, and Outreach in an effort to bare the importance of indigenous storytelling and help develop a space for Native performers in all capacities.  

Mary Kathryn Nagle
Executive Director
Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
Mary Kathryn Nagle is a Partner at Pipestem Law Firm P.C., as well as a nationally acclaimed Playwright. She studied theater at Georgetown University, and went on to study law at Tulane Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of the Judge John Minor Wisdom Award. Her law review articles have been published in five different journals, including the Tulane Law Review and Tulsa Law Review. Following graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge Joseph Bataillon and Judge Laurie Smith Camp of the United States District Court, District of Nebraska, and then subsequently clerked for Judge Fortunato P. Benavides of the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. 
Ned Blackhawk
Faculty Coordinator
Western Shoshone
Ned Blackhawk is a Professor of History and American Studies at Yale and was on the faculty from 1999 to 2009 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A graduate of McGill University, he holds graduate degrees in History from UCLA and the University of Washington and is the author of Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the early American West (Harvard, 2006), a study of the American Great Basin that garnered half a dozen professional prizes, including the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize from the Organization of American Historians.
Reed Adair Bobroff
Associate Director
Reed Bobroff is a poet, playwright, and performer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a descendant of Russian, German, and French immigrants as well as a member of the Navajo Nation and his work is largely focused on race and identity. He graduated from Yale University in 2016 with a degree in Theater Studies. Outside of his work with YIPAP, he serves as a post-graduate fellow researching how writing and performance can be used in therapy in Native communities and communities struggling with addiction.