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Native actors, entertainment industry to be focus of SAG-AFTRA discussion

The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will host a public livestream panel discussion Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. (ET) regarding the entertainment industry and Native Americans. The program, which is from the SAG-AFTRA President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach & Engagement, will focus on actors of Native American heritage who are striving for more inclusion within the entertainment industry with contemporary and more compelling portrayals in storytelling and imagery. Panelists will share how each has made his or her own contributions in the fight toward improving representation, casting inclusion and portrayals on-screen, while giving industry tips on acting, creating content and career longevity.

DeLanna Studi, actor and chair of SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee, will host the program. In February, the Autry Museum of the American West named Studi co-artistic director of Native Voices, a theatre company dedicated to developing and producing new work by Native American artists. She is the niece of legendary actor Wes Studi. Scheduled guests include Kimberly Guerrero, actor, “The Glorias;” Rene Haynes, CSA casting director, “The Revenant;” Amber Midthunder, actor, “Roswell: New Mexico;” Kalani Queypo, actor, “Trickster” and Glenn Stanton, actor, “Chicago Fire.”

Submit questions or comments to sagaftra.org/PTEOEquestions. Unless otherwise requested, your name may be read aloud during the program if your question is selected. Due to time limitations, not all questions will be addressed during or after the program. This PTEOE livestream will have an ASL interpreter and is live captioned.

The event is open to the public and does not require registration. Click here to RSVP. You will be emailed a link to view the livestream as a confirmation of your RSVP. 

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