Christina Gutierrez-Dennehy holds a Ph.D. in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on Shakespeare’s history plays in contemporary performance. Christina also holds an MA in Theatre History from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she spent time as a production dramaturg for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. In addition to her scholarship, Christina is a director, serving as the Artistic Director of Crooked Figure Theatre in Flagstaff, and co-Artistic Director of the 7 Towers Theatre Company in Austin, Texas. Recent productions Christina has directed with Austin companies and Flagstaff companies include Henry V, Quilters, Doubt, Angels in America:Millennium Approaches,All’s Well That Ends Well, The Pillowman, Richard II, and John Ford’s Renaissance Revenge Tragedy ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. Her scholarly work has appeared in Theatre Topics, the Journal of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers,and an edited volume entitled Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries. She is currently working on a book examining casting strategies in American productions of Shakespeare’s histories.

Patty Petelin, along with Ann Cummins and Brooke Wonders, helped get NAPS off the ground in 2007. Since then she has received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where her full-length play, Inventing Lucy, was staged by the Curious Theatre Branch. Her other writings can be found online at WigleafAtticus Review, and Smokelong Quarterly. She is thrilled to be back in Flagstaff and working with NAPS again.

Lemanuel Loley is ’Áshįįhí (Salt People) born for Tó Baazhní’ázhí (Two-Who-Came-to-the-Water); his maternal grandparents are the Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water) and his paternal grandparents are the Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House). Lemanuel is from Casamero Lake, New Mexico and currently teaches as adjunct faculty in the School of Arts & Humanities at Navajo Technical University. He graduated from Kenyon College with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing-Fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. An American Indian Graduate Center Fellow, Lemanuel’s work has appeared in GQN x Pollentongue: An Indigenous Poetry Salon and Reading, the literary magazine HIKA, and as a former reporter for the Navajo Times. Organizer of the inaugural Diné Writer’s Gathering in April 2017 and co-organizer of the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute in July 2017, his future projects include a novel detailing the experiences of an LGBT couple in the face of the Navajo Nation’s ban on same-sex marriage and a compilation of poems. Lemanuel currently resides in Crownpoint, New Mexico.

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