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New York 2018 ISPA Congress - Ty Defoe
New York 2018 ISPA Congress
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Ty Defoe

Session 4 | Curation and Community
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Ty Defoe | Speaker

Indigenous Direction (United States)

Writer and Interdisciplinary Artist

Ty Defoe (Giizhig) Oneida/Ojibwe Nations, is a writer and interdisciplinary artist. Ty’s approaches to artistic projects include social justice, indigeneity, and environmentalism. Ty received a Grammy Award for his work on Come to Me Great Mystery. Recent awards include: Robert Rauschenberg Artist in Residence, 2016-2017 Olga J. and G. Roland Denison visiting artist Professorship of Native American Studies at Central Michigan University, 2016 Institute of the American Indian Arts Visiting Artist, and this year's Jonathan Larson Award. 

Ty created the book and lyrics on Clouds Are Pillows for the Moon (ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop), Hart Island Requiem (The Civilians R&D Group), Red Pine (Native Voices at the Autry; IAIA of Santa Fe), The Way They Lived (The Civilians at the Met Museum), Phase 1 of Crane: On Earth, In Sky (Ibex Puppetry at La MaMa Theater; Lied Center for the Performing Arts, NE). 

Ty is a mentor for Hawaiian Theatre Initiative, a member of East Coast Two-Spirit Society, and a co-founder of Indigenous Direction. He has received degrees from CalArts, Goddard College, and NYU’s Tisch. He is aTheater Communications Group Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellow alumni and artEquity facilitator. He has made a guest appearance on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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