Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation) is an award winning writer and co-founder of Indigenous Direction. Recently, Larissa was named one of the 2020 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship. Her satirical comedy, The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons/Geffen Playhouse), is one of the top ten most produced plays in America this season. She is the first Native American playwright in the history of American theater on that list. Additional produced plays include What Would Crazy Horse Do? (KCRep), Landless and Cow Pie Bingo (AlterTheater), Average Family (Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis), Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation (Native Voices at the Autry), Vanishing Point (Eagle Project), and Cherokee Family Reunion (Mountainside Theater).
In 2019 Larissa entered film and television with a series at Freeform co-created with Courtney Hoffman. Since then she has set up a movie for Disney Channel and a special for NBC. She is currently in development as the creator for projects with Taylor Made Productions, Echo Lake, and another NBC project. Film and TV feel like coming home to Larissa who began her writer training as a Sundance Native Feature Fellow, Fox Diversity Fellow, ABC Native American Fellow, and an intern at Universal Pictures before she found her voice in theater.
Over the past several years Larissa has created a nationally recognized trilogy of community engaged plays with Cornerstone Theater Company. The first was Urban Rez in Los Angeles. The second project, Native Nation, was the largest Indigenous theater production in the history of American theater with over 400 Native artists involved in the productions in association with ASU Gammage. Their current project, The L/D/Nakota Project is set in Larissa’s homelands of South Dakota. Her radical inclusion process with Indigenous tribes has been honored with the most prestigious national arts funding from Creative Capital, MAP Fund, NEFA, First People’s Fund, the NEA Our Town Grant, Mellon Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and others.
Additional theaters that have commissioned or developed plays with Larissa include Yale Rep, Guthrie, Geffen Playhouse, History Theater, Kennedy Center TYA, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Arizona Theater Company, Mixed Blood, Perseverance Theater Company, The Lark Playwrights Week, the Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop, and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor.
Larissa’s awards include the PEN/Laura Pels Theater Award for an American Playwright, the 2020 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship, NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, Joe Dowling Annamaghkerrig Fellowship, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Inge Residency, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, and the UCLA Native American Program Woman of the Year. Larissa’s company, Indigenous Direction, is a consulting company currently working with Guthrie Theater, Roundabout Theater Company, and Brown University. She is vice chair of the board of directors of Theater Communications Group and represented by Jonathan Mills at Paradigm NY. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband, the sculptor Edd Hogan.