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

Comcast Foundation

Seattle Foundation

Potlatch Fund

Jeffris Wood Foundation

Lucky Seven Foundation

City of Seattle Department of Human Services

Seattle Office of Arts and Culture

Safeco Foundation


Spirit Walk Foundation

Starbucks Foundation

Washington State Arts Commission

Tlingit Haida Chapter of Washington

Seattle People’s Fund

Washington Women’s Foundation

Native Voice Network


Raikes Foundation

Schools Out Washington

Tulalip Tribes

Muckleshoot Tribe

Snoqualmie Tribe

Gila River Indian Tribe

Quinault Indian Nation

Squaxin Island Tribe

Puyallup Tribe

Suquamish Tribe

Lummi Nation

Nisqually Indian Tribe

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation.





Photo on 2011-08-24 at 22.54 #3Fern Naomi Renville (Sisseton Wahpeton) – Managing Director -  is a graduate of the Evergreen State College, and a former teen theatre nerd.





MWoodrowHeadshot2Melissa 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. 




SofiaSofia Olson – Bookkeeper - lives on a boat and knows Quickbook magic.







Board of Directors


JBarehandHeadshotJeff 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.





14251_222950339324_1112254_nPetaki Cobell (Blackfeet) is a Human Resources Specialist for Plymouth Housing, and the mother of a current Red Eagle Soaring student.





550723_627960142830_1112895097_nPah-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