New Native Actor’s Award and Free Acting Workshop with Delanna Studi

January 4, 2021

In partnership with its annual Young Native Playwright’s Contest, this year the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program is launching the inaugural Young Native Actor’s Contest.

The winners will be honored as part of our Annual New Native Play Festival in April. They will also be cast as an actor in performances in the festival. This year’s festival will be held online, and we are so excited to showcase more talented Native youth. 

Native actors age 25 and under are invited to record themselves performing a monologue to be considered for submission. Video submissions are due Feb 15th 2021 and will be evaluated by a team of professional Native theater artists.

We have compiled a special folder of monologues for Native actors under 25 by Native playwrights such as Marisa Carr, Carolyn Dunn, Tara Moses, Mary Kathryn Nagle, Vera Starbard and Vickie Ramirez, with their permission.

Please email the following information to for access to the folder of Monologue options to submit. 

  1. Full Name
  2. Tribal Affiliation
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Email
  5. Phone Number


To help prepare youth to submit we will also be offering a special free Monologue Acting Workshop with celebrated actor Delanna Studi on Sunday January 31st from 5-7 PM EST/2-4 PST. During this workshop actors 25 and under will have the opportunity to learn some tips on how to prepare their monologues from an accomplished professional. Please email to register for the online workshop or if you have any questions.


For those interested in submitting to this year’s 6th Annual Young Native Playwright’s Contest, we will be extending the deadline for submissions to January 20th. You can read more about the submission process here