The Ground at 20: A Conversation
The Ground at 20: A Conversation with Native Voices at the Autry’s Randy Reinholz, Interviewed by Jean Bruce Scott
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “The Ground on Which I Stand,” August Wilson’s seminal remarks
delivered at the TCG National Conference, we hosted The Ground at 20, an arc at the 2016 TCG National Conference to celebrate the legacies of veteran leaders of theatres of color. Over three days, The Ground at 20 featured intergenerational conversations about the visions of these leaders, the enduring impact of their theatres, and the current state of theatres of color in the field. These conversations were recorded as part of TCG’s Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project, which seeks to create a roadmap for future theatre leaders and raise broader cultural awareness about the essential value of theatres of color.
Native Voices at the Autry by the numbers - “extending and developing the common ground of the American theatre.” After 23 years of developing and producing Native American, First Nations and Alaska Native playwrights, including over 30 Equity productions (19 world premieres), 23 new play festivals, and 200 workshops and readings, there is an ever-expanding pool of prolific Native theater artists and playwrights whose talent and creativity belong on every stage in America. Native Voices at the Autry’s contribution to the history, stories and lives of Turtle Island's first people has been told by Native American theater artists who continue to challenge, embrace and wrestle with the status quo to not only meet but join the American theater at the crossroads.
Randy Reinholz, (Choctaw) co-creator and Producing Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry the nation's leading Equity theater company dedicated to the development and production of new plays by Native Americans for over 20 years. He is a director, producer, playwright, and actor on stage and screen, whose work has appeared regularly in Los Angeles for the past two decades; and in major venues in New York, Washington D.C., San Diego and major regional theaters and universities; urban and tribal communities across the US; and internationally in London, Toronto, Calgary, Tampico, Mexico; Adelaide and Brisbane, Australia.
Jean Bruce Scott, founder and Producing Executive Director of Native Voices at the Autry, has spent over 20 years developing new plays, including more than 200 by Native American playwrights. For Native Voices, she has produced 32 plays (including 19 world premieres), 22 New Play Festivals, 6 Short play Festivals, 13 Playwrights Retreats, 20 national and international tours, and more than 200 play readings. She serves on the Leadership Board of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles, Large Theatres, and is a member of the National Theatre Conference, New York.
To learn more about The Ground at 20, contact Elena Chang.