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A.M.
Shunka
Wakan
Wacipi
Hesbrook
Ramier
Writer. Playwright. Novelist
Writer's Statement
 

 

As is common with most young artists, I spent several years of my life working retail. Specifically, I was a “Doll  Hairstylist” for American Girl in New York City. 

 

Most mornings I would take the A-Train to Rockefeller Center, pass the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, the Today Show windows, and search for Tina Fey. However, one day, an older East Indian gentleman, wearing a business suit yelled out, “Miss! Miss!” I stopped. “What nationality are you?” he asked.

 

Not understanding his motives I answered hesitantly, “I am Native American.” He frowned.

 

“I am native to America, too,” he responded. “I am also a native American.” I saw that he assumed my response had been in some way xenophobic.

 

“No, I’m American Indian,” I clarified. At this his face lit up with joy.

 

"I am American Indian too!”

Running out of terms, I said, “I am Lakota.” He put his hand out and said, “Nice to meet you. I’m John.”

 

I never had the pleasure of running into John again, but our brief encounter is exactly what I've always wanted to write about. The fluidity of culture—how we interact with others, adopt different attitudes and beliefs with new information—fascinates me. We live in an age where intermingling with different cultures happens, for many, on a daily basis. As a result, defining identity has never been more complicated. Many minority  writers  and  scholars  in  the  African  American, Latino and American Indian communities  are  writing  about  these  complicated  forces. My hope is to

join their circle to provide another version of who Native Americans are in the present. 

Work Experience
 

EDUCATION

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY                                                                    2013

School of Writing, Literature and Film                                           

Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing                                                

 

THE COLORADO COLLEGE                                                                      2008

Bachelor of Arts, Majors: Drama and English                                    

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

SANTA FE COMMUNITY COLLEGE                                                   2012-2016

Instructor

7 sections Drama 111: Introduction to Theatre and Drama

1 section FASH 160: History of Fashion

 

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY                                                           2013-2014

Instructor

11 sections of Writing 222: Argumentation

  2 sections of Writing 214: Business Writing

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY                                                           2011-2013

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Sole instructor of 6 sections of Writing 121: English Composition

Sole instructor of 1 section of Writing 224: Introduction to Fiction Writing

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

           

VOOVOODRESS.COM                                                                  2013-Present

Content Writer and Social Media Coordinator

 

THE SANTA FE OPERA                                                 Summers 2007-11, 2015

Supervisor Music/Production Crew                                           

 

GOODMAN THEATRE                                                                              2009

Production Management Intern

 

PICCOLO THEATRE                                                                                  2009

Stage Manager

“Robinson Crusoe: A Holiday Panto” and “Rough Crossing.”

PUBLICATIONS

Member News                                                                                2015-2018

A quarterly publication through the Museum of New Foundation.  

“A Dream on Buckskin.” Huffington Post                                                      2012

 

“FEMA and ‘The X-Files.’” On Call FEMA Weekly                                        2011

 

“Drinks Tonight?” Miriam’s Well                                                                 2010

 

The Levantian, Colorado College                                                               2006

“A Connection to Letters”, pg 70

 

ACTING

HAMLET POLICE, William Shakespeare, adapted by Tom Lindblade              2008

Colorado College  

Role: Gertrude

LA MUSICA, Marguerite Duras                                                                  2008

Colorado College

Role: Anne Marie Roche

ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE, Martin Crimp                                                      2008

Colorado College     

Role: Woman

 

ACTION, Sam Shepard                                                                            2007

Colorado College                        

Role: Lupe

ABSURD PLUS                                                                                          2006

Colorado College               

Role: Woman in Egg by Ionesco.

 

SAVAGE/LOVE, Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin                                      2006

Colorado College    

Role: Girl

THE KING STAG, Carlo Gozzi                                                                   2005

Colorado College

Role: Clarice

 

CHAMBER MUSIC, Arthur Kopit,                                                                2005

Colorado College

Role: Constanze Mozart

COLLABORATIVE PRODUCTIONS

SIX TIMES TAPE, senior thesis production                                                    2008

Colorado College   

Role: Actor/ Producer, Collaboration with four students and advisor

 

SAVE THIS CITY, new play                                                                        2007

Role: Evangelical Interviewees. Collaboration with The Civilians

 

RE: TWAIN, new play                                                                               2006

Role: Lucifer. Collaboration with Buntport Theatre

 

MELANCHOLY PLAY, Sarah Ruhl                                                                2007

Colorado College

Director and Set Designer                                      

COMMUNITY OUTREACH & SERVICE

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY STONE AWARD                                         2013 Volunteer                                                                               

Taught Joyce Carol Oates’ writing to middle school students

 

CRESCENT VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL                                                2012-2013

Writing Center Volunteer   

 

CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women                                     2012

Editorial Collective                                                                  

HONORS & AWARDS

DIVERSITY SIGNING BONUS

Oregon State University

PAMELA RILEY DRAMA HONORS AWARD

Colorado College 

THEATER WORKSHOP'S TEN MINUTE PLAY WRITING CONTEST

1st place

Colorado Springs

DONALD J. HELEN M. STILL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Colorado College

MORTAR BOARD SENIOR HONOR SOCIETY   

Colorado College

 
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