Playwrights Tara Moses and Vera Starbard
July 6, 2020


YIPAP is offering two playwriting workshops that will be taught by award-winning Native playwrights Vera Starbard (Tlingit) and Tara Moses (Seminole). Each will be free and open to the public and are scheduled for Wednesdays July 22nd and August 5th.

These workshops will offer tools and guidance for first-time as well as experienced Native playwrights, from writers who are doing boundary-breaking work in the field.

Have you been wanting to write a play, but don’t know how to get started? Do you have a new idea for a story, but need some tools to get the creative juices flowing? This is a great opportunity to flex writing muscles in a new form or to continue to hone one’s craft. For young playwrights who have been interested in submitting to YIPAP’s Annual Young Native Playwright’s Contest, but don’t know where to begin, this is a great place to start your work! For elders who write but are new to working on plays, please join us!

Until there are voices and stories from every Native nation represented onstage, YIPAP’s work will remain. We want to hear your stories! Come write in community with us.

On Weds July 22nd at 7 PM EST (3PM Alaska, 4PM PST,  5 PM MT, 6 PM CT), we will be offering a playwriting workshop taught by Vera Starbard (Tlingit).

Vera Starbard, T’set Kwei, is a Tlingit and Dena’ina writer and editor. She was born on Prince of Wales Island, and grew up all over Alaska. She is Playwright-in-Residence at Perseverance Theatre through the Andrew W. Mellon National Playwright Residency Program, Editor of First Alaskans Magazine, and writer for the PBS Kids children’s program “Molly of Denali,” which recently won a Peabody Award.

On Weds August 5th at 7 PM EST (3PM Alaska, 4 PM PST, 5 PM MT, 6 PM CT). ,we will be offering a playwriting workshop taught by Tara Moses (Seminole). 

Tara Moses (she/her) is a citizen of Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, director, playwright, Artistic Director of telatúlsa, and co-founder of Groundwater Arts. As a playwright, her completed works include Sections, He’eo’o (Winner of the 2019 Native Storytellers Contest), Quantum (2020 Finalist for the National Playwrights Conference), Bound, the adaptation of Hamlet: El Príncipe de Denmark, Don Juan, and Arbeka. She is a 2020 Cultural Capital Fellow with First Peoples Fund; fellow with the Intercultural Leadership Institute (18/19); and Dramatists Guild member..

These workshops are open to all ages and you do not need to be a Yale student to participate. Please email to reserve a spot in either one or both classes. Attendees will receive a zoom link for the event after registering. Please feel free to also reach out to with any questions!