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About Gloria Miguel

Founding Member

Gloria Miguel is Kuna/ Rappahannock. She studied drama at Oberlin College and is a founding member of Spiderwoman Theater. She has worked extensively in film and television. With Spiderwoman Theater, she has toured throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She toured the United States in Grandma, a one-woman show, toured Canada as Pelaija Patchnose in the original Native Earth production of Tomson Highway’s The Rez Sisters and performed in Native Earth’s Son of Ayash in Toronto. She performed as Coyote/Ritalinc in Jessica, a Northern Lights Production in Edmonton, Canada and was nominated for a Sterling Award for best-supporting actress. She was a drama consultant for the Minnesota Native American AIDS Task Force to develop a play on AIDS. She was a drama teacher at the Eastern District YMCA in Brooklyn, NY and a visiting professor of drama at Brandon University in Canada. She attended and performed at the Mending the Sacred Hoop Domestic Violence Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. She taught drama workshops at the Native American Writers and Artist Forum in Red Mesa, Grey Hills, and Rough Rock, Navajo Nation Reservation. She performed in Beijing, China at the 4th World Woman’s Conference. She and Lisa Mayo received a Rockefeller Grant and funding from the Jerome Foundation to create Nis Bundor: Daughters from the Stars. 

She taught Drama at Rough Rock Navajo High School in Arizona. She has created a one-woman show A Kuna Grows in Brooklyn. She has a DFA honorary degree from Miami University in Oxford, OH and is a lifetime member of the Lee Strasberg Institute. In March 2006, she appeared in the Spanish film Caotica Ana in Madrid, Spain. 

She has presented her new one-woman show Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue at The Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC; at Story-ing the Human Being: Two Generations of Native Women on Stage at the University of Toronto; with AMERINDA at NYTW Annex and Ohio Northern University’s 9th International Theatre Festival and at La MaMa E.T.C. as part of the Elder Project . She has most recently performed in Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way in Vancouver and Toronto.

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