We are proud to announce our cast for our upcoming production of Carolyn Dunn's The Frybread Queen. Check back here often for more information about our entire team and be sure to save the date for Frybread's opening: Saturday, March 12, 2011!
Jane Lind (Aleut) will portray Jessie Burns
Jane is an actress, director, choreographer, and playwright who began her professional career at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and continued her training at New York University and Paris, France. A co-founder of the Native American Theater Ensemble, she has performed in various productions by Peter Brooks, Hanay Geiogamah, Andrei Serban, John Vacarro, and Ellen Stewart. She was the female lead and choreographer for Donovan Marley's production of Black Elk Speaks for which she received the prestigious awards of Best Choreographer from the Denver Drama Critics Circle and Best Actress from First Americans in the Arts. Her film and television credits include Percy Adlon's Salmonberries, the mini-series Return to Lonesome Dove, and the TNT production of Crazy Horse. She also performed in Alaska's Perseverence Theater's productions of The Vagina Monologues and Raven's Odyssey; the Cherokee Historical Society's Unto These Hills; the Theater of Yugen's production of Crazy Horse - Moon of the Scarlet Plums; and Native Voices/ Montana Rep's production of The Frybread Queen last fall.
Shyla Marlin (Choctaw) will portray Carlisle Emmanuel Burns
Shyla couldn’t be more excited to work with Native Voices at the Autry for the first time. Theatre credits include Last Days of Judas Iscariot, UTM/Company of Angels; I Stand Before You Naked, Complex; On The Brink, 68 Cent Theatre; The Elephant and The Mayfly, Berkshire Theatre Festival; The Frontier, USC/DRC; Alphabet Play, USC/DRC; Birdbath, Annex Theatre. Film and TV credits include Whatever It Takes (Sony); Lies and Alibis (Warner Bros.); Woo (New Line); Fashion House (MY TV); Saint and Sinners (MY TV); Minding the Store (TBS); Grace (32/12 Films); Spiritual Warriors (Gilgamesh Prods.); A Starbuck’s Story (Anatomy Entertainment). Writing and producing credits include Still Standing (Theatre Asylum); A Starbuck’s Story (“Best Short” FAIF Film Festival). A graduate of the University of Southern California, she studied theatre and French.
Kimberly Norris Guerrero (Colville, Salish-Kootenai, Cherokee) will portray Annalee Walker Hayne
Kimberly is a native Oklahoman and graduate of UCLA who has appeared on stage in Steel Magnolias, Canticle of the Plains, Three Sisters, and, most recently, in Steppenwolf's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County which she performed in Chicago, on Broadway, at The National Theatre in London and The Sydney Theatre Company in Australia. Her film/ TV credits include Grey’s Anatomy, Taking Chances, The Sopranos, Naturally Native, Hidalgo, and Seinfeld to name a few. Additionally, she works with youth in tribal communities across North America utilizing creative expression as a tool promoting personal development. Her performance in The Frybread Queen is inspired by and dedicated to Kay Norris and Dennis Letts.
Elizabeth Frances (Cherokee) will portray Lily Savannah Santiago Burns
Elizabeth is truly excited and honored to be working with such a wonderful cast and crew on this tremendous play. Recent projects include The Lunacy Commission (Kirk Douglas Theater), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), Detained in the Desert (Casa 0101), Tombs of the Vanishing Indians (reading with Native Voices at the Autry), Hamlet (Dir. Lenka Udovicki), Songs and Dances of Imaginary Lands (Dir. O-Lan Jones), Soltonoff/ Findlay Project (Center Theater Group), among others. She holds a BFA from Calarts.