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Award-Winning Actress, Cherokee Activist Performs March 2 for Women’s History Month

February 20, 2018

DeLanna Studi, an award-winning actress, writer and activist, will present portions of her play “And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears,” followed by a hosted reception at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the University of Idaho Prichard Art Gallery, 414 S. Main Street, Moscow.

The performance and reception are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Advance tickets are available at the Women’s Center located at Memorial Gym, Room 109, at the Department of Theatre Arts in Shoup Hall, 1028 West Sixth Street, and at the door the night of the performance while supplies last. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Studi’s visit is sponsored by University of Idaho Theatre Arts, the Women’s Center, the Office of Equity and Diversity, the American Indian Studies Program, the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, and the Idaho Humanities Council.

“The Women’s Center is thrilled to be co-hosting Ms. Studi and presenting excerpts from her play as the signature event for March’s Women’s History Month,” said Lysa Salsbury, director of the U of I’s Women’s Center.

The 2018 Women’s History Month theme is “Nevertheless, She Persisted,”and Salsbury said Studi’s work is an excellent fit. Studi is a member of the Cherokee Tribe and is active in speaking out in support of indigenous people.

“We are honored to welcome such a powerful voice for the experiences of indigenous communities,” Salsbury said.

In 2015, Studi and her father retraced the 900-mile Trail of Tears, following the path her great-great-grandparents took during the forced relocation of more than 16,000 Cherokee from their homelands in the 1830s. Thousands of Native people died along the trail. Studi and her father, along with a documentarian, partnered with communities along the trail to host workshops and storytelling circles exploring the Cherokee removal.

Studi has many stage, television and film credits to her name. Her off-Broadway debut and performance in “Informed Consent” at Duke Theatre was described by The New York Times as “moving gravity.” She was a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for two seasons and performed in the first national Broadway tour of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning “August: Osage County.” Her film credits include “Dreamkeeper,” “Edge of America” and “Blessed.” Her television credits include “General Hospital,” “Shameless” and “Z-Nation.” She is the chair of the SAG-AFTRA National Native American Committee.

Media Contact:
Kelly O’Neill
University of Idaho Theatre Arts Media Relations

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