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Responding to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson & Claiming the Power of Native Voice

From: Bigotry on Broadway


The author recounts her shock and offense at the play Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which, as she explores in this essay, is ahistorical and includes racist and problematic represenations of Native people, culture, and history. Ultimately, she looks to the future of theatre and to the important work ahead for Native American and other BIPOC artists. She celebrates voice, artistry, and storytelling from a Native perspective.



Betsy Theobald Richards

Betsy Theobald Richards is the Director of Cultural Strategies for the Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communications lab based in New York City. She leads the organization’s efforts at the intersection of arts, culture and narrative change. Before joining the Opportunity Agenda, Betsy spent over seven years as a Program Officer in Media, Arts, and Culture at the Ford Foundation overseeing a national portfolio on Native American and place-based arts organizations and cultural communities. Previously, she served as the inaugural Director of Public Programs for the Pequot Museum, the country’s largest Native American museum and research center. In addition, she has run two theater companies, served as a Fellow with New York Shakespeare Festival, and directed on stages in New York, Los Angeles and Canada. She is a graduate of New York University and the Yale School of Drama and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.