Free Upcoming Workshops in Playwriting and Costume Design

In early December the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program will be offering two exciting free workshops for Native artists! Both programs will be hosted online on zoom.

On Sunday December 6th acclaimed Ojibwe playwright Marisa Carr will be offering a 90-minute playwriting workshop for Native playwrights at 5 PM EST/2 PM PST. This workshop is free and open to aspiring Native playwrights with any level of experience. Building on previous workshops with Vera Starbard and Tara Moses, we hope to continue regular workshops of this variety to support, encourage, and offer community for Native writers. We particularly encourage Native Youth interested in submitting to our annual Young Playwrights Contest to take advantage of this opportunity.

On Tuesday December 8th, Drama Desk Award nominated Costume Designer Asa Benally (Yale MFA ‘16) will be teaching a Costume Design workshop at 7 PM EST/4 PM PST. This workshop is open to those interested in costume design. No costume design experience is necessary.

Please RSVP to Madeline Sayet to register for either workshop!

More About Marisa Carr:

Marisa Carr is playwright who recently transplanted to Chicago after a decade in the Twin Cities. Her work has been presented and/or produced by theaters including: The Guthrie, Milwaukee Rep, Pillsbury House + Theater, the Playwrights’ Center, Intermedia Arts, University of Iowa MFA Program, and Pangea World Theatre. Selected recent awards and honors include: Goodman Playwrights Unit (2020-2021), Scratchpad at the Playwrights’ Realm (2019-2020), P73 Finalist (2019-20), American Blues Theater Blue Ink Award Finalist (2020), Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival Finalist (2019), McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting Finalist (2019), Jerome Artist Fellowship Finalist (2019), Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship Semi-finalist (2019), Berkeley Rep Ground Floor Residency (2018), Forward Flux Three New American Plays Commission (2018), Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2017), Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow (2016-17), Naked Stages Fellow at Pillsbury House + Theater (2015), and “Best New Political Playwright” (Lavender Magazine, 2014). Marisa is also Co-Founder/former Artistic Director of the Turtle Theater Collective, a Twin Cities-based company committed to producing high-quality, contemporary work that explores Native experiences and subverts expectations about how and when Native artists can create theater. She is Turtle Mountain Ojibwe from the Turtle clan.

More about Asa Benally:

Asa Benally of the Cherokee and Navajo Nations, was raised on the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona.  His grandmother, a traditional Navajo weaver and his father, a silversmith, fostered his love and appreciation for art and design. His mother introduced him to the world of theater and film. He went to on to study at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York City. In 2016 he completed his M.F.A. in costume design at the Yale School of Drama. His design aesthetic is derived from an interest in history and strong individuals. He lives and works in New York City. Instagram: @asa_benally_Design Website:

Please reach out to  Madeline Sayet with any questions!