Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre (RES) exists “to empower American Indian and Alaska Native youth to express themselves with confidence and clarity through traditional and contemporary performing arts.”
Red Eagle Soaring (RES) is a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) serving Native American youth ages 10-19 with free programming integrating contemporary theatre and traditional Native performing arts. RES engages Native youth and their families in critical discussions about the issues affecting their lives and provides a cultural peer group in which to build confidence, identity, and community. RES’ year-round cycle of programming includes a touring Spring Play; summer theatre workshops held in Tribal settings bringing together urban and reservation Indian youth; a two-week summer camp; and fall performance workshops focused on traditional music and storytelling. Since our formation 22 years ago, Red Eagle Soaring has mentored hundreds of Native youth, staged 165 productions, and supported youth access to the healing power of Native cultural traditions which promote social, physical, and intellectual engagement. In bringing together Native youth to learn not just about the technical aspects and process of theatre, but also to build a community of people interested in learning about, sharing, promoting, and supporting Native arts and culture, Red Eagle Soaring is empowering Native youth to express themselves, take creative action on the issues that affect their lives, and sustain their cultural heritage.
Red Eagle Soaring programming supports the ‘Since Time Immemorial’ Washington state tribal history and sovereignty curriculum developed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. We are committed to teaching our youth Native tradition, history, and culture that reflects the diversity of tribal origins in Seattle’s urban multicultural setting. Red Eagle Soaring collaborates with and receive in-kind support from organizations like the Seattle Indian Health Board; Teatro ZinZanni; Seattle Antioch University; the University of Washington School of Education; the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation; Longhouse Media; and the Seattle Public School District’s Huchoosedah Indian Education Program.
Pidamaya… Gunalcheesh… Nitsiniiyi’ taki… Kleco kleco… Miigwech… Ah-sheh’heh.
Our deepest gratitude and thanks to those who have invested in our vision of a generation of proud and confident Native youth:
Northwest Children’s Fund
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
National Science Foundation
Jeffris Wood Foundation
Lucky Seven Foundation
City of Seattle Department of Human Services
Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Spirit Walk Foundation
Washington State Arts Commission
Tlingit Haida Chapter of Washington
Seattle People’s Fund
Washington Women’s Foundation
Native Voice Network
Schools Out Washington
Gila River Indian Tribe
Quinault Indian Nation
Squaxin Island Tribe
Nisqually Indian Tribe
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation.
Melissa Woodrow (Wuksachi Band of Western Mono) -Program Coordinator - is a current graduate student at UW in the Native Voices Indigenous Documentary Program. She caught the theatre bug back in California, where she worked and trained as a stage manager, photographer, and media marketing specialist with The Western Stage.
Board of Directors
Jeff Barehand – Board President – (Navajo and Gila River) is an actor, writer, and filmmaker. He was drawn to the theatre as a young man when a date unexpectedly took him to see his first musical. Since then, he has not been able to shake the performing bug and hopes to bring other young Natives into the fold.
Martha Brice (adopted Tlingit) – Vice-President – is a founding member of RES, holds an MS from Yale, and is a retired researcher in Hematology and Medical Genetics at the University of Washington.
Yvette Pinkham (Southern Cheyenne) - Secretary – is a community organizer, a Social Worker for DSHS/Office of Indian Child Welfare, and a mentor to Native youth.
Hannah Franklin is a graduate of the University of Washington’s School of Drama, and was voted “Seattle’s Best Actress” by the Seattle Weekly in 2013.
Colleen Echohawk (Pawnee) is the Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club.
Petaki Cobell (Blackfeet) is a Human Resources Specialist for Plymouth Housing, and the mother of a current Red Eagle Soaring student.
Pah-Tu Pitt-Gallagher (Warm Springs) – Treasurer – is an artist, scientist, bookkeeper, and Tribal Canoe Journey paddler.
Red Eagle Soaring Teaching Artists
Jake Hart (Blackfeet), Theatre Teaching Artist
Lily Gladstone (Blackfeet), Theatre Teaching Artist
Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha Klallam), Storytelling Teaching artist
Curtis Ahenakew (Cree), Theatre Teaching Artist
Drew Hobson (Pamunky), Theatre Teaching Artist
Becca Kirk (Klamath, Ojibwe), Musical Teaching Artist
Dallas Pinkham (Southern Cheyenne, Yakama, Nez Perce, Grande Ronde, Potowanamee), Media Teaching Artist
Justin Neal (Squamish), Theatre Teaching Artist
Hannah Franklin, Theatre Teaching Artist
Star Nayea (Anishinabe), Musical Teaching Artist
Andrew Morrison (Haida, Apache), Visual Arts Teaching Artist
Deborah Parker (Tulalip), Theatre Teaching Artist
Gin Hammond, Theatre Teaching Artist
Beverly Thompson, Theatre Teaching Artist