MCC Daily Tribune

Cherokee Playwright and Indigenous Lawyer Mary Kathryn Nagle Visits MCC May 2-3

The Sixth Act, Creative Arts, and The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is thrilled to welcome playwright/lawyer Mary Kathryn Nagle to MCC next week. Nagle will read from her work Thursday, May 2, at 7 PM, in Monroe B, and then lead a playwriting workshop Friday, May 3, at 12 PM, also in Monroe B. She is a fierce superstar--in her art and in her work protecting tribal sovereignty. Please see her bio below. If you'd like more information and/or a PDF of her plays, please contact Maria Brandt at We would LOVE to see you and your students at one or both of these events!


Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program and also is a partner at Pipestem Law, P.C., where she works to protect tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of Indian Nations to protect their women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault. Nagle has authored numerous briefs in federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and is a frequent speaker at law schools and symposia across the country. As playwright, Nagle is an alumn of the 2012 PUBLIC THEATER Emerging Writers Group, where she developed her play Manahatta in PUBLIC STUDIO (May 2014). Productions include Miss Lead (Amerinda, 59E59, January 2014), Fairly Traceable (Native Voices at the Autry, March 2017), Sovereignty (Arena Stage), and Manahatta (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). In 2019, the Rose Theater (Omaha, NE) will produce her new play Return to Niobrara, and Portland Center Stage will produce the world premiere of Mnisose.

Brandt, Maria
The Sixth Act