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NAME: William S. YellowRobe, Jr.  
NATION: Assiniboine  
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DISCIPLINE: Playwright, Director, Poet, Actor, Writer, Educator  
     
     

ARTIST BIO

William S. YellowRobe, Jr. is an Assiniboine Playwright, Director, Poet, Actor, Writer, and Educator from the Fort Peck Indian reservation located in northeastern Montana. He is presently an adjunct faculty member in the English Department at the University of Maine and a Faculty Affiliate of the Creative Writing Department at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.

He and Dr. Margo Lukens, University of Maine, have completed the book, Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers: And Other Untold Stories, a collection of Bill's full-length plays. His other book, Where the Pavement Ends, a collection of his one-act plays was published in 2001.

He is a member of the Penumbra Theater Company of St. Paul, Minnesota, Ensemble Studio Theater in New York, and a Board of Advisors for Red Eagle Soaring Theater Company (a Native youth theater company) of Seattle, Washington.

Bill is a recipient of the "First Nations book Award for Drama", the first playwright to receive a Princess Grace Foundation Theater Fellowship, a Jerome Fellowship from the Minneapolis Playwright's Center, and a New England Theater Foundation award for Excellence.

Employment: (Partial listing)

Present Status: Part time faculty, English Department, University of Maine, Orono, ME

Plays: (Partial listing of forty three plays, listing readings and productions.)

"Rez. Politics", (Production), Cyrus Pavilion and University Club-Fogler Library, University of Maine, Orono, ME-Feb. 2009

"Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers", (Reading), Room 121 Little Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME-Feb. 2009

"A Stray Dog" (Reading) The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Theater, New York, New York- Dec/2007

"Falling Distance" and "A Great Thing" (Reading), Minsky Hall, University of Maine, Orono, Maine-April/2007

"Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers" (Reading) The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket, CT-March/2007

"Native American Paranormal Society" (Reading), Minsky Hall, University of Maine, Orono, - ME-March/2007

"A Stray Dog" (Reading), Sisseton Wahpeton College Tribal Arts Department,Sisseton, SD-Dec. /2006

"Better-n-Indins" (Reading) Sisseton Wahpeton College, Sisseton, SD-Oct/2006

"Pieces of Us: How the Lost Find Home" (Reading) Northern Kentucky University, Department of Theatre and Dance, Highland Heights, KY-May/2006

"Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers" (Full Production/Tour) Penumbra Theatre Company and Trinity Repertory Company, St. Paul, MN, and Providence, RI-/2005-06

"Better-n-Indins" (Full Production) Perishable Theatre, Providence, RI-/Jan.-Feb. /05

"Pieces of Us: How the Lost Find Home" (Reading) Trinity Repertory Company, Providence, RI-December/04

"Better-n-Indins" (Full Production) University of Maine English Department, University of Maine, Orono, ME- Oct.Nov. /04

"Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers" (Reading) Trinity Repertory Company, Providence, RI-May/04

"Better-n-Indins" (Reading) "Sacred Lands" Native Writers Conference, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., April/04

"A Stray Dog" (Reading) University of Maine English Department and School of Performing Arts, University of Maine, Orono, and University of Maine, Machias, ME-October/04

"Falling Distance" (Reading) No Borders Indigenous Inter-Tribal Theater Company, AS220, Providence, RI-August/03

"Better-n-Indins" (Reading/excerpts) No Borders Indigenous Inter-Tribal Theater Company, Native American Music Festival, Fall River, MA-August-03

"Sneaky" (Reading) No Borders Indigenous Inter-Tribal Theater Company, AS220, Providence, RI-July/03

"A Stray Dog" (Reading) University of Maine, Orono, ME-April-03

"Better-n-Indins" (Reading) English Department/WMEB fm 91.9 Radio, University of Maine, Orono, ME-April/03

"Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers" (Reading) "Four Directions" play reading Series, Trinity Repertory Company, Providence, RI-February/03

"Better-n-Indins"< (Reading) No Borders Indigenous Inter-Tribal Theater Company (Western Band), Arlee, MT-February/03

"Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers" (Reading) No Borders Indigenous Inter-Tribal Theater Company, Rites and Reasons, Brown University Providence, RI-November/02

"Rez. Politics" (Production) California State University-Theater Department, Northridge, California-April/02

"Blood of the Rez. Paper Wars" (Reading) Montana Repertory Theater "The Colony", Wars" University of Montana, Missoula, Montana-June/02

"Blood of the Rez. Paper Wars" (Reading) Trinity Repertory Company, "Four Directions" playwriting series, Providence, RI-December/01

"New Forest Order" (Production) Theater Department, College of Dupage, Warrenville, Illinois-November/01

"How Tribal are you?" (Production) Theater Department, City College of San Francisco, California-March/2000

"The Council" (Production) Wakiknabe Theater Company, National Museum of the American Indian, New York, New York-June/99

"The Star Quilter," and "The Body Guards" (Reading) New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch, New Jersey-June/99

"A Broken Bottle-A Broken Family" (Production) Wakiknabe Theater Company, Mesa Elementary School, Shiprock, New Mexico-May/99

"The Independence of Eddie Rose" (Production) Yale University, Theater Studies, New-Haven, Conneticut-March/99

"Sneaky" (Reading) The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Theater, New York, New York-May/94

"The Council" (Production(s)) Emmy Gifford's Children Theater, Omaha, Nebraska, April/93 Honolulu Theater for Youth, Honolulu, Hawaii- January/92 Seattle Children's Theater, Seattle, Washington- February/90

"The Independence of Eddie Rose" (Production) Seattle Group Theater, Goodwill Arts Festival, Seattle, Washington-July/90

"The Pendleton Blanket" (Reading) The Mark Taper Forum, PlayLabs-90's, Los Angeles, California-October/1990

"Wink-da" (Production(s)) Ensemble Studio Theater, "Marathon of One Acts," New York, New York-May/89 American Conservatory Theater, "Plays in Progress" series, San Francisco, California- November/88

"Sneaky" (Production) New World Theater Company, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts-November/87

Radio: (Partial listing)

"The Star Quilter," a one act play, produced by the <u>British Broadcasting Corporation: Radio Drama Series, London, England-July/1996

Publications: (Partial listing)

"Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers and Other Untold Stories", an anthology of full-length plays, by William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. edited by Dr. Margo Lukens, UCLA American Indian Studies Center, 3220 Campbell Hall, Box 951548, Los Angeles, CA-Feb/09

"Quatti quatti (Sneaky)" a one act play in the anthology "Indiani sulla scena Teatro dei native americani", editor, Annamaria Pinazzi, Quattro Venti Srl, Universita de Firenze per la ricerca, Pisa, Italy-July/08

"Joining the Dance," an essay, "Lou Bellamy 2006 Distinguished Artist", The McKnight Foundation, 710 South Second Street, Ste. 400, Minneapolis, MN/2006

"Memory of a Shawl Dancer," a poem, Peregrine VOL. XXIII, Amherst Writers & Artists, 90 University Drive, Amherst, Massachusettes-June/05

"The Independence of Eddie Rose," a full-length play in two acts, Staging Coyote's Dream: An Anthology of First Nations Drama in English, Playwrights Canada Press, 54 Wolseley Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T, 1A5-July/0

"Where the Pavement Ends: Five Native Plays," an anthology of one-act plays, by William S. Yellow Robe, Jr., University of Oklahoma Press, 1005 Asp Avenue, Norman, Oklahoma-February/00

"Sneaky" (monologue from play), a one act play, Monologues for Actors of Color, edited by Roberta Uno, Routledge Press, 29 West 35th Street, New York, New York-00

"The Independence of Eddie Rose," a full-length play in two acts, Seventh Generation: An Anthology of Native American Plays, Theater Communications Group, Inc., 335 Lexington Ave., New York, New York-April/99

"Sneaky," selections from this one-act play, Post Colonial Stages: Critical and Creative Views on Drama, Theatre, and Performance, edited by Helen Gilbert, Dangaroo Press, PO Box 20, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7, 5UZ, United Kingdom-November/99

"The Pendleton Blanket," Scene Two, from the full-length play, Frank-an International Journal of Contemporary Writing and Art, edited by Arthur Sze and Carol Moldow, 32 rue Endorand Vaillian, 93100 Mountreuil, France, November/98

"Sneaky," a one-act play, Slant six: An Anthology, New Rivers Press and the Minneapolis Playwrights' Center, 2301 Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, Minnesota-October/90

"The Burning of Uncle," a short story, Dancing on the Rim of the World, an anthology, University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona-May/90

"The Burning of Uncle," and "When Baby Comes Home," two short stories by William S. Yellow Robe, Jr., Journal of Ethnic Studies, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon-May/86

"When Baby Comes Home," a short story, Cutbank #25, Department of English, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana-May/86

"The Burning of Uncle," a short story, Cutbank #24, Department of English, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana-October/85

Awards: (Partial listing)

Special Award for Excellence in Theatre, New England Theatre Conference, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, 2004

New Works- (Playwriting), Rhode Island Foundation, Providence, Rhode Island, 2004

National Playwright in Residence, Theater Communications Group, Inc.'s National Theater Arts Residency Awards and the Pew Charitable Trust Fund, Trinity Repertory Company, Providence, Rhode Island-2002-2005

First Book Award for Drama, Native Writers Circle of the Americas, Norman, Oklahoma, 1992

National Endowment for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, Washington D.C., 1990

Princess Grace Fellowship-Theater/Playwriting, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, New York, New York, 1989 (*First Playwright to receive the award.)

Jerome Fellowship, Minneapolis Playwrights' Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1988

Lectures: (Partial listing) William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. has lectured in areas of Native American Studies, Native American Literature, Playwriting, Theater, Poetry, Native American History, Native American Politics, Native American Culture, and Environmental Sciences.

Native Drama, Voice and People, Tisch school for Performing Arts/New York University, New York, New York, November/08

Marketing of Native Culture, Native American Studies, audio presentation, University of Maine, Orono, ME, Novemer/08

Blood, Sweat, and the American System, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, February/06

Native Writers Series, Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Washington D.C. /06

Claiming Our Relations: The Native American and African American Experience, Dartmouth University, Hanover, New Hampshire, January/06

Dismantling Racism within Communities of Color: Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers Symposium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October/05

Native Arts, Ivy League Conference, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, February/05

Keynote Speaker: Under the Shadow of the Crow (film), Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, December/04

Sacred Lands Conference, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., April/04

Western Literature, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, April/03

Native American Literature, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, April/03

Theater Colloquial, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, March/03

Native American Literature, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, February/03

Environmental Studies, College of Dupage, Warrenville, Illinois, November/02

Environment and Literature, Du Paul University, Dupage Campus, Dupage, Illinois, November/02

Acting: (Partial listing)
Character / Play
Production
First Hand / A Stray Dog
(Reading) The Public Theater/Shakespeare Festival Theater, New York, NY-2007
MC Announcer / Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers
Penumbra Theater Company and Trinity Repertory Company, St. Paul, MN, and Providence, RI-2005-2006
Adam Redman / Better-n-Indins
Perishable Theatre Company, Providence, Rhode Island-2005
Benny / Better-n-Indins
(Reading) Georgetown University, Washington D.C., 2004
Uncle Clarence / Blood of the Rez. Paper Wars
(Reading) Montana Repertory Theater's "The Colony," University of Montana, Missoula, MT-2002
Adam Redman / Better-n-Indins
(Reading) Montana Repertory Theater's "The Colony," University of Montana, Missoula, MT-2001
Elder / Buzz gem Blues
(Reading) Trinity Repertory Company, Providence, RI-2001
Uncle Clarence / Blood of the Rez. Paper Wars
(Reading) Trinity Repertory Company, Providence, RI-2001
Harold / The Essence
(Reading) The Public Theater, New York, NY-1995
Man in Bar / Inter-Tribal
(Reading) The Public Theater, New York, NY-1995
Donny Dubrow / American Buffalo
University of Montana, Missoula, MT-1985
Lame Bull / Winter in the Blood
University of Montana, Missoula, MT-1982