Yale Repertory Theatre to Present BETWEEN TWO KNEES

The cast of Between Two Knees includes Edward Chin-Lyn, Rachel Crowl, Derek Garza, Justin Gauthier, Shyla Lefner, Wotko Long, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, and Sheila Tousey.

By: Apr. 18, 2022
Yale Repertory Theatre to Present BETWEEN TWO KNEES

Yale Repertory Theatre will conclude its 2022 season with Between Two Knees. The play, written by the intertribal sketch comedy troupe The 1491s and directed by Eric Ting, is presented with Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Between Two Knees will be performed May 12-June 4 at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street). Opening Night is Thursday, May 19.

The production features choreography by Ty Defoe, original choreography by Shaun Taylor-Corbett, scenic design by Regina García, costumes by Lux Haac, lighting by Elizabeth Harper, compositions and sound design by Jake Rodriguez, original songs by Ryan RedCorn, projection design by Shawn Duan, wig and hair design by Younghawk Bautista, production dramaturgy by Julie Felise Dubiner, technical direction by Cameron Camden, vocal and dialect coaching by Grace Zandarski, fight direction by Rod Kinter, intimacy direction by Kelsey Rainwater, casting by Tara Rubin, C.S.A., associate direction by R. Réal Vargas Alanis, and stage management by Amanda Nita Luke.

The cast of Between Two Knees includes Edward Chin-Lyn, Rachel Crowl, Derek Garza, Justin Gauthier, Shyla Lefner, Wotko Long, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, and Sheila Tousey.

More About Between Two Knees


Between Two Knees is an outrageously funny and wickedly subversive intergenerational tale of familial love, loss, and connection. This first play by the acclaimed intertribal sketch comedy troupe The 1491s* fractures traditional narratives of the United States through the lens of the Native American experience. Smashing through where most textbooks stop teaching Native history-the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee- Between Two Knees take us from the forced re-education at Indian boarding schools, through World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, the 1973 takeover at Wounded Knee, and maybe even breaks time itself. Did we mention it's outrageously funny and wickedly subversive?

*Check them out on YouTube.

This year's Will Power! program, offered exclusively to New Haven Public School classes free-of-charge, includes study guides and other classroom support materials, along with limited engagement streaming of multi-camera video recordings of Choir Boy and Between Two Knees. For more information about how to access this year's WP! program for New Haven Public School classes, which will be available May 31-June 6, contact Amy Boratko at amy.boratko@yale.edu.

Attendance Policies, Ticket Information, and Performance Calendar


Yale Rep's vaccination policy requires proof of a booster shot for all ticketholders who are eligible to receive it, in addition to the initial one- or two-shot vaccine regimen, along with a photo ID. ASTM (available on site), 3-ply, N95, or KN95 masks must be worn at all times while inside the theater; cloth masks are acceptable only when double-masking in combination with one of these approved masks.

Tickets $10 and $25 (all previews), $10 and $45 (weeknights), and $10 and $65 (weekends and matinees). Student tickets are $10 for all performances. Tickets are available online at yalerep.org, by calling (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street).

Thursday, May 12 8PM Preview
Friday, May 13 8PM Preview, Post-Show Discussion
Saturday, May 14 8PM Preview, Post-Show Discussion
Tuesday, May 17 8PM Preview
Wednesday, May 18 8PM Preview
Thursday, May 19 8PM Opening Night
Friday, May 20 8PM
Saturday, May 21 2PM
Saturday, May 21 8PM
Wednesday, May 25 8PM
Thursday, May 26 8PM
Friday, May 27 8PM
Saturday, May 28 2PM Audio Description, Talk Back
Saturday, May 28 8PM
Tuesday, May 31 8PM
Wednesday, June 1 2PM Pre-Performance Discussion
Wednesday, June 1 8PM
Thursday, June 2 8PM
Friday, June 3 8PM
Saturday, June 4 2PM Open Captioning
Saturday, June 4 8PM

The Creative Team

The 1491s (Playwrights) are an intertribal Indigenous sketch comedy troupe. Dallas Goldtooth (Mdewakanton Dakota-Diné), Sterlin Harjo (Seminole-Muscogee), Migizi Pensoneau (Ponca-Ojibwe), Ryan RedCorn (Osage Nation), and Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) originally combined their talents to create comedic videos for YouTube. Their first video, a Twilight parody called "New Moon Wolf Pack Auditions," went viral in 2009 as have many of their subsequent videos. The 1491s have traveled the country and the world sharing their satirical, stereotype-busting humor through live performances, panels, discussions, and appearances on major media outlets including The Daily Show on Comedy Central, Al Jazeera, and National Public Radio. They have also used their talents to address social and legislative issues, such as the full inclusion of Indigenous women in the Violence Against Women Act.

Eric Ting (Director) is the Artistic Director of California Shakespeare Theater. His Off-Broadway credits include work at Manhattan Theatre Club, Soho Rep, Public Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Theater, Denver Center Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Alliance Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, American Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Round House Theatre. International: Singapore Repertory Theatre, Singapore International Festival of Arts, NYU Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Center, Holland Festival. Awards: OBIE Award, TBA Awards, Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. He is a proud board member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

Ty Defoe (Choreographer) (Giizhig), indigiqueer/2S+ citizen of the Oneida/Ojibwe Nations. A director, writer, interdisciplinary artist, and Grammy Award winner. Ty aspires to an interweaving and glitterizing approach to artistic projects with social justice, indiqueering, and environmental-ism. Ty's global cultural arts highlights: the Millennium celebration in Cairo, Egypt; International Music Festival, Ankara, Turkey; and Festival of World Cultures in Dubai. Awards: Global Indigenous Heritage Festival Award, Jonathan Larson Award, First Peoples Cultural Capital Fellow, Helen Merrill Playwriting Award 2021, and finalist at the Cordillera International Film Festival for We Will Always Be Here. Works created and authored: Trail and Tears (w/ Dawn Avery), River of Stone, Red Pine, The Way They Lived, Ajijaak on Turtle Island, Hear Me Say My Name, The Lesson (w/ Avi Amon and Nolan Doran), and Firebird Tattoo, among others. Current release of VR and digital media projects ANAKWAD (w/ Dov Heichemer and _alpha), CIRCLE, and Strong Like Flower (w/ Katherine Freer). An artEquity facilitator, co-founder of Indigenous Direction (w/ Larissa Fasthorse). Member of All My Relations Collective, whose GIZHIBAA GIIZHIG | Revolving Sky was presented at The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival. Publications: Casting a Movement, Pitkin Review, Thorny Locust Magazine, HowlRound, and Routledge Press, The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays for the Stage. Degrees from CalArts, Goddard College, and NYU Tisch. Director: The Winer Bear (Perseverance Theater), A Midsummer Night's Dream(Arizona Shakespeare Company). Movement Direction: Mother Road, directed by Bill Rauch (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Manahatta, directed by Laurie Woolery (OSF and Yale Rep); and choreographer for Tracy Letts's The Minutes (Broadway). Ty appeared on the Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and in Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men, directed by Anna Shapiro (Broadway debut). Lives in NYC + loves the color clear. He|We, allmyrelations.earth, tydefoe.com

Regina García (Scenic Designer) is a Chicago-based scenic designer from Puerto Rico. She has long standing relationships with the renowned Latinx teatros including Repertorio Español, Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Teatro Vista, and Pregones Theater. She has also completed projects for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and most recently Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, among others; upcoming shows at American Players Theater and the Guthrie. Regina is a Fellow of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers and the Princess Grace Awards, USA; a regional associate member of the League of Professional Theatre Women; and company member with both Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Chicago, and Boundless Theatre Company, San Juan/New York. She is the Head of the Scenic Design program at The Theatre School, DePaul University, and a founding organizational member of La Gente: The Latinx/é Theatre Production Network. garciaportfolio.com

Lux Haac (Costume Designer) is a New York-based costume designer for theater, film, opera, and dance. Credits include Between Two Knees (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Native Gardens (Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre, Portland Center Stage); Ajijaack on Turtle Island (New Victory Theater); Well Intentioned White People (Barrington Stage Company); The Lover, The Collection (University of Rochester); The Review or How to Eat Your Opposition (WP Theater); ¡Figaro! (90210) (The Duke on 42nd Street/Ragman Ventures); Destiny of Desire (Garden Theatre); Nibbler (The Amoralists/Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Crossing the Line(Amphibian Stage Productions); The Fairy Queen (Hofstra University); Fall River, Syncopation, Trayf (Penguin Rep Theatre); Hair, Echoes and Nibbles of the Sun, The Seagull (NYU); A Lesson from Aloes (The Juilliard School); The Road to Damascus (59E59); Leave Me Green (The Gym at Judson); The Winter's Tale (The New School); The Erlkings (Theatre Row); Rock & Roll Refugee, Love/Sick (Royal Family); Powwow Highway(Amerinda/HERE); others. Film: #TEXIT; Look Closer (Can't You See the Signs), Violation, Across the Sea, A Teacher's Reward, Deluge. Education: M.F.A., design for stage and film, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

Elizabeth Harper (Lighting Designer) Credits include Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Blues for an Alabama Sky(Mark Taper Forum); Indecent, Rattlesnake Kate (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Office Hour starring Sandra Oh (South Coast Repertory Theatre); The Cake (La Jolla Playhouse); Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Sell/Buy/Date, Play Dead directed by Teller (The Geffen Playhouse); Rock of Ages (5th Avenue Theatre). World premieres include works by Academy Award winner Lucy Alibar, Kemp Powers, Julia Cho, and Michael Mitnick. Elizabeth is the assistant professor of lighting design at the University of Southern California.

Jake Rodriguez (Composer and Sound Designer) is a sound designer and composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Work at theaters: Woman Laughing Alone with Salad, The Events (Shotgun Players); Sweat, Vietgone (American Conservatory Theater); A Thousand Splendid Suns (American Conservatory Theater, Theatre Calgary, Grand Theater, The Old Globe); Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (American Conservatory Theater, Guthrie Theater); Everybody (California Shakespeare Theatre); Angels in America, An Octoroon (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); we, the invisibles (Actors Theatre of Louisville); The Christians(Playwrights Horizons, Mark Taper Forum); Girlfriend (Kirk Douglas Theatre), others. Awards: recipient of the 2004 Princess Grace Award for Sound Design. Other: Creator of Cricket, a mobile theatre sound design and playback software program; acoustic adviser. Education: sound design internship, American Conservatory Theater; San Francisco State University School of Theatre and Dance.

Shawn Duan (Projection Designer) In five seasons at OSF: Between Two Knees, The Book of Will, The Way the Mountain Moved, Shakespeare in Love, Twelfth Night, Vietgone, The Comedy of Errors. Broadway: Chinglish (Longacre Theatre). Off-Broadway/New York: Knickerbocker, Before Your Very Eyes (The Public Theater); The Who's Tommy (Abrons Art Center). Regional: Snow Child (premiere, Arena Stage); The Great Leap (premiere, Denver Center for the Performing Arts/Seattle Repertory Theatre); Refugia (Guthrie Theater); Gem of the Ocean, Chinglish (South Coast Repertory); The Mountaintop (Trinity Repertory Company); Buyer and Cellar (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Chasing Rainbows (premiere), Miss Saigon, FLY (Flat Rock Playhouse); Chinglish (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Tarzan (North Shore Music Theatre); The Other Place, Great Gatsby, Sing the Rising Sea (premiere) (Virginia Stage Company). Opera: Prima Donna (New York City Opera) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Symphony Space). Tours: An Evening with Pacino (U.S., international); P.J Masks, Alvin and the Chipmunks Live!, Super Why! Live!, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! (U.S.); Chinglish (Hong Kong Arts Festival); Las Vegas: Frankie Moreno: Under the Influence; Paul Zerdin: Mouthing Off; Puppet Up: Uncensored.

Younghawk Bautista (Wig and Hair Designer) Younghawk's unique approach to hair and beauty is a hybrid of classic shapes combined with modern styling techniques to produce work that evokes a timeless, chic appeal-an approach fueled by iconic images from film and fashion and the arts. His impressive resume of experience is rooted in specific training with Goldwell Color, L'Oréal, Wella, Bumble and Bumble, and Vidal Sassoon. His level of education has formed his well-rounded approach to hairdressing, pleasing many clients and creative collaborators alike throughout his career. His most recent work has included a role as an Educator of Barbering and Cosmetology at the renowned Arrojo Cosmetology School in NYC. He was also a hair team member for Motown: The Musical on tour and Wicked on Broadway.

Julie Felise Dubiner (Production Dramaturg) is the Artistic Initiatives Consultant at McCarter Theatre and is a dramaturg, producer, and mentor. She has freelanced around the country and was on staff at American Revolutions/Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Prince Music Theater. Among her dramaturgy credits are The Copper Children by Karen Zacarías, Between Two Knees by the 1491s, Sweatby Lynn Nottage, Indecent by Paula Vogel, and The Liquid Plain by Naomi Wallace. She is the co-creator of Rock & Roll: The Reunion Tour, co-author of The Process of Dramaturgy, and a contributor to Diversity, Inclusion, and Representation in Contemporary Dramaturgy, The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, Innovation in Five Acts, and other publications and podcasts.

Cameron Camden (Technical Director) is a fourth-year M.F.A. candidate in the Technical Design and Production Program at David Geffen School of Drama. He is excited to bring a show to the stage for Yale Rep after previously serving as the technical director for Testmatch which was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. Credits at the Geffen School include Bodas de Sangre and Manning (Production Manager), Seven Spots on the Sun (Assistant Technical Direction), and the 2019 Carlotta Festival of New Plays (Assistant Technical Direction). He has previously worked at several theatres including The Juilliard School, Ohio Light Opera, and Potsdam Music Theatre. Cam is originally from Michigan and holds a B.A. in theater arts-technical direction from the University of Miami.

Grace Zandarski (Vocal and Dialect Coach) is the Voice and Text Advisor at Yale Rep and is a faculty member in the Acting program at David Geffen School of Drama, where she has taught Voice since 2002. Previous Yale Rep credits include Cymbeline, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Hamlet starring Paul Giamatti, The Winter's Tale; Romeo and Juliet; and The Three Sisters, among many others. Her New York coaching credits include Mike Nichols's Death of a Salesman and Betrayal on Broadway, The Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theatre), The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... (The Public), Homebody/Kabul (BAM), in addition to numerous individual coaching credits for actors appearing on and off Broadway, in film, and on television. Her work outside of actor training includes individual business and professional coaching as well as workshops on Voice, Presence, and Improv for Executives. She has led workshops for the ABA, Yale School of Medicine, and Yale School of Management among other educational and corporate entities. Grace is a member of The Actors Center Workshop Company, Pantheatre (Paris), SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and VASTA. Acting credits include the McCarter Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, The Wilma Theatre, and American Conservatory Theatre. Directing credits include the Peer Gynt Project and Chekhov Shorts. Education: M.F.A. American Conservatory Theatre; B.A. Princeton University.

Rod Kinter (Fight Director) is honored to be continuing this journey with these incredible artists. A NYC-based fight director, Rod's credits include the Broadway and first national tour of The Lightning Thief: the Percy Jackson Musical; Live from Lincoln Center: Porgy and Bess (New York City Opera); nine seasons as the Resident Fight Director at the Pearl Theatre; and shows at The Lucille Lortell, Lynn Redgrave, The Mint, The Minetta Lane, Signature, and the East 13th Street Playhouse. Rod was the Resident Fight Director for New York City Opera from 1995 to 2010. Regional credits: ART, The Cleveland Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The McCarter, The Barter Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Shakespeare on the Sound. Rod is on faculty at AMDA teaching Stage Combat. rodkinter.com

Kelsey Rainwater (Intimacy Director) is an intimacy coach, fight director, and actress based out of the ancestral lands of the Munsee Lenape people. Kelsey's most recent work was seen in Choir Boy at Yale Rep, the premiere of In the Southern Breeze at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, David Geffen School of Drama's She Kills Monsters, and Mason Gross School of the Arts' Damocles and Smart People. Some of her other credits include The Public Theater's Measure for Measure and White Noise by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Oskar Eustis; A Raisin in the Sun (canceled due to COVID) at Yale Rep; Blues for An Alabama Sky with the Keen Company; and Bess Wohl's film Baby Ruby. She is a Lecturer in Acting at David Geffen School of Drama, co-teaching stage combat and intimacy, and is Resident Fight and Intimacy Director for Yale Rep.

Tara Rubin, C.S.A. (Casting Director) has been casting at Yale Rep since 2004. Selected Broadway/National Tours: Six, Ain't Too Proud, King Kong, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, The Band's Visit, Prince of Broadway, Indecent, Bandstand, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale, Cats, Falsettos, Disaster!, School of Rock, Les Misérables, The Heiress, The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Spamalot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway: Gloria: A Life, Smokey Joe's Café, Jersey Boys, Here Lies Love. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Bucks County Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse. tararubincasting.com

R. Réal Vargas Alanis they/them, inde/ima, elle/elles (P'urhépecha) (Associate Director) is an indigenous, queer, entrepreneur from the barrio of Winton, California (Yokut) creating art, doing magic, and officiating weddings. Réal is the current Artistic Director of In The Margin, leading an ensemble of intersectional QT,BIPOC artists focusing on new works centering social justice uplifting marginalized stories. Réal upholds taking action as opposed to "listening" while incorporating artistic skill sets to aid in front line activism. Réal was among the inaugural cohort of the National New Play Network's Bridge Program and was an Executive Producer for The New American Theatre Festival developing ten new works. On their off time, they run their family business Sexii Tacos: "Where the Tacos are Sexii and so are you!" Director: Exhaustion by Fran A.(Latinx Theatre Commons). Solo Performance: A Little Bit of Gay (Latinx Theatre Commons). Playwright/Associate Director: Braided (Theatre of Yugen, Theatreworks, Cal Shakes, ITM). Playwright: La Demanda: A Call to Action (ITM, B St., NNPN). Associate Director: Missing by Marie Clements and Brian Current, directed by Shannon Davis (Anchorage Opera). Actor: La Comedia of Errors adapted by Bill Rauch and Lydia G. Garcia (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). IG: @realvalanis @sexiitacos @inthemargin_itm

Amanda Nita Luke she/her (Choctaw/ Cherokee) (Stage Manager) has worked on the Stage Management teams of Kamloopa (WAM Theatre), Manahatta (Yale Repertory Theatre), Soledad (AICH), Ady (AICH), Arbeka (Native Voices), We Will Always Be Here (Cooper Union), Radio Island (Powerhouse Theater), The Metromaniacs (Redbull Theater), Sense and Sensibility (The Old Globe), Peter Pan (Syracuse Stage), Baskerville (Syracuse Stage), The Underpants (Syracuse Stage), and The Bomb-itty of Errors (Redhouse Arts Center). This summer Amanda is a part of the producing team for Live in America, producing a 2Spirit/Indigiqueer Pop-Up Powwow in Bentonville, Arkansas. Member, Actors' Equity Association.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Led by Artistic Director Nataki Garrett and Executive Director David Schmitz, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) was founded in 1935 and has grown from a three-day festival of two plays to a nationally renowned theatre arts organization that presents a rotating repertory season of up to 11 plays and musicals, including both classics and premieres. OSF productions have been presented on Broadway, internationally, and at regional, community, and high school theaters across the country. The Festival presents more than 800 performances annually and draws an audience of more than 400,000 to its home in Ashland, OR. In 2020, OSF launched O!, a new digital platform featuring performances, groundbreaking art, and mind-expanding discussions that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. O! attracts more than 10,000 views per month from audience members in over 50 countries. OSF invites and welcomes everyone, driven by a belief that the inclusion of diverse people, ideas, cultures, and traditions enriches not only the creation and experience of the work the organization presents onstage, but also our relationships with each other. OSF's mission statement: "Inspired by Shakespeare's work and the cultural richness of the United States, we reveal our collective humanity through illuminating interpretations of new and classic plays, deepened by the kaleidoscope of rotating repertory."

The Roy Cockrum Foundation Founded in 2014 by Roy Cockrum and Benita Hofstetter Koman
with winnings from Mr. Cockrum's Powerball lottery jackpot, the Foundation's mission is to
award grants to support world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional
theaters throughout the United States. Since 2014, 34 flagship American theatres and performing arts organizations have received major grants from the Foundation. Inspiration for its mission derives from a line in The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus: "Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future."

The Cast


Edward Chin-Lyn (Ensemble) has appeared in The Headlands (Lincoln Center Theater), Vietgone (Alley Theatre), Small Mouth Sounds (national tour), Veil Widow Conspiracy (New York Theatre Workshop/National Asian American Theatre Company), True West (Curious Frog), The Brig (Living Theatre). Other credits include productions at Roundabout, Ars Nova, Ma-Yi, Woodshed, ACT, Long Wharf, Barrington, Philadelphia Company, Northern Stage. Film and television: Lincoln Rhyme, Manifest, Elementary, Jessica Jones, Person of Interest, Limitless, Feed the Beast, Mysteries of Laura, Set it Up (Netflix). Upcoming: City on a Hill season 3 and Maria Schrader's She Said this fall.

Rachel Crowl (Ensemble) is an actor, musician, and photographer based wherever the next gig takes her. In two seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Duke Senior and Ensemble in As You Like It; Ensemble in Between Two Knees; Music Captain for As You Like It and Between Two Knees; Pistol, Sir Thomas Grey, Governor of Harfleur, Chorus, and Ensemble in Henry V (mid-May to October 2018); Marcade, Musician, and Ensemble in Love's Labor's Lost. Other theater: Fool 1 in The Swindlers (Baltimore Center Stage); Witch/Murderer/Gentlewoman in Macbeth (Stars in the House). Film: And Then There Was Eve and The Smiley Face Killers. In another life she did a whole lot of theater Off-Broadway.

Derek Garza (Young Isaiah, Eddie, Ensemble) is a First Nations/Latino (Tribal affiliation: Wichita/Comanche) DC-based actor with his M.F.A. in acting from Penn State University. He recently finished two seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where he was seen in Othello, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and the world premiere of Between Two Knees. Other theaters include North Carolina Stage Company, Theatre for a New Audience, Native Earth, American Repertory Theater, TimeLine Theatre, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatist, Video Cabaret, and Steppenwolf to name a few. Derek can also be seen in television and films such as ABC's Betrayal; NBC's Chicago Fire, PowerBook II: Ghost, and Canal Street. derekgarza.com

Justin "Jud" Eagle Gauthier (Larry) A proud citizen of the Menominee (Omā?"qnomen?"w) Nation of Wisconsin, writer/actor Justin "Jud" Eagle Gauthier studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he earned an M.F.A. in screenwriting. Jud provides audiences across the nation a wholly unique worldview as an indigenous cultural ambassador with undeniable pop culture acuity. Jud would like to say wā?"wā?"nan (thank you) to all his family, friends, cast mates, crew, and audiences for helping him to become a better storyteller.

Shyla Lefner (Young Irma, Irene, Ensemble) (of Choctaw, Pamunkey descent) returns to Yale Rep, where she was seen in Manahatta. Recent credits include The Cymbeline Project, Alice in Wonderland, Henry V, Between Two Knees, and The Way the Mountain Moved (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Door You Never Saw Before (Geffen Playhouse); Fairly Traceable, Off the Rails, The Frybread Queen (Native Voices at the Autry); 50 Years On (Will & Company); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Urban Theatre Movement). Readings and workshops: Sovereignty (Theatre for a New Audience); Wonderland (Dramatists Guild); (w)holeness(Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Ackia: The Complete Epic (Idyllwild Native Arts Festival); Ungipamsuuka: My Story, Our Voices Will Be Heard (La Jolla Playhouse). Stand-up: Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store, Ice House, and LA Skins Fest Native Sketch Comedy Showcase. Some film credits include Lies and Alibis, Whatever It Takes, Grace, Woo. Affiliations: Native Voices Artists Ensemble.

Stephen Wotko Long (Older Isaiah, Ensemble) is recognized as a song keeper of the Muskoke language. He has also appeared in the documentary This May Be the Last Time directed by Sterlin Harjo. He played a homeless native man in the film called Mekko, who with a friend tried to find their way back to the traditional ways. He was recognized as a living legend from the Muskoke nation and is now in the series Reservation Dog directed by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, with the help of the 1491s comedy team. Mvto

Shaun Taylor-Corbett (William, Ensemble/Original Choreography) was in the original production of In the Heights on Broadway and closed the show in the role of Sonny. He played Frankie Valli in the Second National Tour of Jersey Boys, Juan in Altar Boyz Off-Broadway, and Usnavi and Sonny in In the Heights on the First National Tour as well as in the Broadway company. He is a Bedlam Theatre Company member (The Crucible,Hedda Gabler, The Winter's Tale, Bedlam: the Series). His original Indigenous musical, Distant Thunder, received its first production in March 2022 with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma at First Americans Museum. The show is based on Shaun's deep connection with the Blackfeet community in Browning, Montana. Other credits include three seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Shaun co-narrated There There by Tommy Orange, which was nominated for an Audie Award in 2019, and recently narrated The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones, also nominated for an Audie. Television/film: Hi-5, Discovery Kids, Supremacy, Gamer's Guide, All My Children.

Sheila Tousey (Older Irma, Ensemble) (Stockbridge-Munsee/Menominee) is a writer, director, and actress with many film, television and theater credits to her name including appearances in Signature Theater and Magic Theater's The Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard; Marie in JoAnne Akalaitis's Woyzcek at The Public Theater, and in the Guthrie Theater in Marsha Norman's adaptation of Louise Erdrich's The Master Butchers Singing Club. She was a Drama Desk Nominee for acting and is also a company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

About Yale Repertory Theatre


Yale Repertory Theatre, the internationally celebrated professional theatre in residence at David Geffen School of Drama, has championed new work since 1966, producing well over 100 premieres-including two Pulitzer Prize winners and four other nominated finalists-by emerging and established playwrights. Seventeen Yale Rep productions have advanced to Broadway, garnering more than 40 Tony Award nominations and ten Tony Awards. Yale Rep is also the recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Established in 2008, Yale's Binger Center for New Theatre has distinguished itself as one of the nation's most robust and innovative new play programs. To date, the Binger Center has supported the work of more than 60 commissioned artists and underwritten the world premieres and subsequent productions of more than 30 new plays and musicals at Yale Rep and theaters across the country.

Yale Repertory Theatre is supported by CT Humanities, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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