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Visiting Artists

Artist Ty Defoe

Social justice messages rooted through words, music, literature, theatre, and film with digital media components

Ty Defoe (Giizhig), from the Oneida and Ojibwe Nations, is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, storyteller, and Grammy Award winner. Ty’s has an integral approach to artistic projects pulling in social justice messages rooted through words, music, literature, theatre, now, film with digital media components. Some of his favorite places to tour (virtually or physically) are in Native communities across Turtle Island. Awards: Robert Rauschenberg Artist in Residence, Jonathan Larson Award. Works created: Red Pine, The Way They Lived, Ajijaak on Turtle Island, Hear Me Say My Name. All My Relations Collective—(DTWG, Public Theater, GIZHIBAA GIIZHIG | Revolving Sky at Under the Radar’s Incoming!) creating interactive media by gathering star stories in a digital app). Movement Director: Mother Road, Dir. Bill Rauch (OSF), Manahatta, Dir. Laurie Woolery (OSF + Yale Rep), Choreographer for Tracy Lett’s, The Minutes (Broadway). Netflix Appearance: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Broadway: Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, Dir. Anna Shapiro. Degrees: CalArts, Goddard College, + NYU Tisch. Lives in NYC, loves the color clear.


Credit: Carra Martinez