Theater & Performance

Mary Kathryn


Mary Kathryn Nagle
This award was generously supported by the
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a playwright. Her play Sliver of a Full Moon has been performed at law schools across the United States, and she has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Rose Theater, Portland Center Stage, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Yale Repertory Theatre. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. Nagle is also a partner at Pipestem Law, P.C., where she works to protect tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of Indian Nations to protect their women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault. She has authored numerous briefs in federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Nagle studied theater and social justice at Georgetown University as an undergraduate student, and received her JD from Tulane Law School where she graduated summa cum laude and received the John Minor Wisdom Award. She is a frequent speaker at law schools and symposia across the country. Her articles have been published in law review journals including the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Yale Law Journal, Tulsa Law Review, and Tulane Law Review, among others.
Photo by Jeremy Charles.

  • Sliver of a Full Moon.
  • Manahatta, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2018.