Donna Couteau Brooks​​
RC 1971
 ​DONNA first came to New York because of a Harkness Ballet Company Scholarship.  She went on to live at The Rehearsal Club when she performed as Peter Pan internationally for Disney on Parade. ​​

Her performance life took off as she went on to perform as Lady MacDuff at the London Shakespeare Company and came home to perform at Joe Papp's Public Theatre, Yale Rep and a multitude of other respected performance venues as an actress.
 The picture above is from Material Witness, the latest Spiderwoman Theatre project which performed recently at LaMama and in Toronto and North Bay, Canada.  The play heightens the awareness for the missing and murdered indigenous women of the Americas who are being taken for sexual trafficking.

Future Project Wishes:  For a 24/7 Indigenous Native Network (inspired by CBC and Oprah!)
Because of her Sac and Fox Native American Heritage, she founded the Leaf Arrow Storytellers with her husband, Joe Cross (Caddo Nation).  They continue to perform all over the country and were chosen as two of fourteen storytellers in the Western Hemisphere to open Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in 2004.

Leaf Arrow Storytellers Donna Couteau Cross and Joe Cross present an interactive show featuring coyote tales, creation stories and historic folklore filled with tribal family values. They are a married couple using story, song and dance to celebrate the special relationship the Native American people have always had with the Earth and their respect for the natural environment. They have brought their unique performances to the National Museum of American Indian Smithsonian,  United Nations International School, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Newark Public Library and Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival.

The photo below was taken at the Great Wall of China in Beijing because they were performing at the Hubei Provincial Museum of Wuhan, China.  The article about the American Indian Community House tells the tale of the current loss of government funding affecting this vitally important community -- much like when The Rehearsal Club went down amidst media outcry.

Donna and Joe continue to be available sharing their stories and culture worldwide.​ 
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American Indian Community House
Article dated August 7, 2017

Great Wall of China