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Larissa FastHorse

Larissa FastHorse is a playwright and choreographer from the Sicangu Lakota Nation. Her produced plays include Average Family, Teaching Disco Square Dancing to Our Elders: A Class Presentation and Cherokee Family Reunion. FastHorse has been under commission with Cornerstone Theater Company (Los Angeles), Children's Theatre Company (Minneapolis), AlterTheater (San Rafael, Calif.), Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences (Washington, D.C.), Native Voices at the Autry (Los Angeles) and Mountainside Theatre (Cherokee, N.C.). She developed new plays with Arizona Theatre Company (Tucson, Ariz.), the Center Theatre Group Writers' Workshop (Los Angeles) and Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor (Berkeley, Calif.). FastHorse was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Distinguished New Play Development Project Grant, AATE Distinguished Play Award, William Inge Center for the Arts Playwriting Residency, Sundance Institute-Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship and numerous Ford Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts grants. She is published with Dramatic Publishing and Plays for Young Audiences. In her spare time, FastHorse returns to her previous life as a ballet dancer through choreography.

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