The Eagle Project explores American identity through performing arts and our Native American heritage.
On Wednesday, March 7th of 2012, the Eagle Project was officially launched at Playwrights Horizons with the staged reading of Wood Bones by William S. YellowRobe, Jr. It is the mission of Eagle Project to explore the American identity through performing arts and our Native American heritage.
It is the goal of Eagle Project to use the performing arts to engage America in dialogue about what it consists of and what it stands for.
Having been largely based on the democratic ideals of its indigenous people, the US has inspired people from all over the globe to call its shores home. It is this unique mixture of culture, and how that defines the intersection of class and race, that Eagle Project seeks to investigate. All the while, however, making sure to pay homage and respect to Native Americans of all tribes, our fellow citizens, who started it all.
Ryan Victor Pierce is Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape, originally from Southern New Jersey and Delaware. While he grew up around various US cities (Cincinnati, Ohio, Boston, Massachusetts, and the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area), he had the privilege and the honor of receiving his Lenape name, "Little Eagle," on original Lenape land at the age of 12 by his great uncle, the late Rodney "Strong Oak" Edwards.
Upon graduation from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Ryan has performed in various readings, staged readings, and full productions at such renown theatrical institutions as the Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, New Dramatists, LaMaMa E.T.C., Playwrights Horizons, and New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.
Throughout his career, Ryan has also devoted much of his time performing in and helping to develop theatrical works of indigenous people from the US and around the world. Many of those works have been developed and performed at the American Indian Community House of New York City, AMERINDA, The Culture Project, Times Square Playwrights, the Australian Aboriginal Theater Initiative, as well as the United Nations.
Having a passion to incorporate American voices that aren't frequently heard, especially those of Native Americans, into the performing arts arena, Ryan founded the Eagle Project in 2012.