Award-Winning Playwright to Present Eckler Lecture at Mount Union College

April 06, 2010

William S. Yellow Robe Jr., faculty affiliate in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of Montana, will present the Eckler Lecture at Mount Union College on Wednesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. at Presser Recital Hall.

An award-winning playwright, Yellow Robe is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine Tribe of the Fort Peck Indian Agency in Poplar, MT.

Yellow Robe is also a faculty affiliate at the University of Montana, former playwright in residence at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI and founding artistic director of the No Borders Indigenous Inter-Tribal Company in Rhode Island and Montana.

He is the author of Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers, The Independence of Eddie Rose, Sneaky, The Star Quilter and many other plays, short stories and poems.

He is a member of several advisory boards including the Department of Race and Ethnicity Studies at Brown University, Missoula Writers Collaborative and the Red Eagle Soaring Theater in Seattle, WA, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Counting Coup Arts Gallery in Montana.

Yellow Robes awards include the Special Award for Excellence in Theatre from the New England Theatre Conference Inc. in Massachusetts, the First Book Award for Drama from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas in Oklahoma and the Princess Grace Fellowship in theatre and playwriting from the Princess Grace Foundation in New York.

The Eric A. and Mary W. Eckler Lecture in Literature and Drama was established through an endowment given by Mr. and Mrs. John A. Cummins (Dorothy Nelson '29) in appreciation of the Ecklers' years of service to the community and Mount Union College.

For more information contact the Office of Alumni and College Activities at (330) 823-2072.

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