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"Sheldon Raymore's Grass Dance was simply stunning." -Broadway World

Sheldon Raymore is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation.  He's a multidisciplinary performance artist, actor, choreographer, cultural consultant, costume designer, fashion designer, visual artist, and an award -winning grass dancer.  A member of Actor's Equity Association, the New York City Native just finished touring with Ibex Puppetry's "Ajijaak on Turtle Island" 2019 theatre production.  He played "Thunder" in the legendary Muriel Miguel of Spiderwoman Theater's show "Fear of Oatmeal" (2018) at Theater for the New City.  Captivating and moving, Sheldon also starred in ABC’s television series Born to Explore, “Legend of Dance” with Richard Weiss, where he was the featured grass dancer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Sheldon's brilliant technique and spellbinding execution prompted New York's Indigenous Based Theater Company Eagle Project, to recruit the visionary to work his magic and Co-choreograph Eagle Project's (2015) production of "Trail of Tears", at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Bringing both Native and Non-Native audience members to their feet every evening with tears in their eyes. The Sioux performer was recently awarded the 2019 First Peoples Fund "Cultural Capital" Fellowship.  Ever the consummate keeper of tradition, he continues to cultivate his artistry, with the upmost integrity, humility, and authenticity, letting the love for his culture shine through in all that he does.

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AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND  Written by Ty Defoe Lyrics by Ty Defoe and Dawn Avery Music by Dawn Avery & Larry Mitchell, Kevin Tarrant and Ty Defoe Based on original storyboards written and drawn by Heather Henson  www.ajijaak.com

FAMILY LEGACY

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In the 1940's my Great-grandfather Daniel Brings Plenty would travel around the country with his sons whom are my grandfathers Benjamin & Abraham Brings Plenty doing exhibition Lakota Dancing.  My grandfather's would dance while their father sang with a hand drum.  One of their dances featured them picking up quarters from the ground with their teeth because they danced so low.  They also performed traditional dances called the Butterfly Dance as well as the Grass Dance.

Photo: "Fear of Oatmeal" at Theater For The New City

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"One must agree as Raymore’s role is incredibly physically demanding. In addition to the show’s non stop comedic dialogue and pace, Raymore also dances, and even rollerblades on stage during the show. His execution of the show’s physical comedy was indeed worthy of the opening night standing ovation. A skill Raymore now attributes to none other than the inspiration of Spiderwoman Theater."

-lil'T Entertainment LLC

https://express-press-release.net/news/2018/06/18/27457

Photo: "Trail of Tears" NUYORICAN POETS CAFE

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"The piece is bookended with grass dance performances by Sheldon Raymore, a man whose movement is so light and free that it can appear completely improvised and true (despite the incredible amount of technique that is obviously involved). Raymore dances while an audio recording plays, describing his own struggle as a gay Cheyenne man who has dealt with bigotry and ignorance but has managed to persevere – a personal narrative that reflects the collective story of Native American history that the play means to convey."

-STAGEBUDDY.COM

https://stagebuddy.com/theater/theater-review/review-trail-tears

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION IS THE LABOR UNION REPRESENTING AMERICAN ACTORS AND STAGE MANAGERS IN THE THEATRE.  


Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers nationwide. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. #EquityWorks.

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playroom theater, NYC

Earth / Water / Air / Fire / Spirit

Witness a unique exploration and celebration of the 5 elements structuring human experiences!  A special event for Immigrant Heritage Month, with solo and group shows by Caribbean-American, Asian-American, Native American, European-American and African-European award-winning companies.


Sheldon Raymore (Earth)

Curated by Dr. Layla Zami, Assistant Producer at IHRAF

www.ihraf.org

International Human Rights Festival

Playroom Theater - Time Square, NYC

Theater For the new city

Grass Dance & Jingle Dress

New York City


The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers presented their 42nd annual concert of music, dance and storytelling at the Theater for the New City in 2016.  This is a unique educational and entertainment experience.  The Thunderbirds perform authentic dances of the Iroquois, Southwest and Great Plains Native American peoples. Each dance is introduced with a complete explanation of the dance and its cultural context and is accompanied by live music.  

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April 11th, 2019

Urban NDN's - “This event is part of Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: The Making of America festival.”

8pm - 10pm

New York Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall

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April 11th, 2019

Urban NDN's - “This event is part of Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: The Making of America festival.”

Migrations: The Making of America

A Citywide Festival

Starts at Carnegie Hall on March 9

Events Across New York City Begin February 28

Tickets Here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-ndns-tickets-51407053882?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete&fbclid=IwAR3DZjERG6b1X9k6vkwWmyGB6un5YM4evfKLfmOmlgNxL0UOQnVSRL4rFGI

8pm - 10pm

New York Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall

May 17th, 2019

Pennoni Honors College Fashion, Style & Popular Culture Conference

1pm - 2:15pm

URBN Center, 3501 Market St., Philadelphia, PA, 19104

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May 17th, 2019

Pennoni Honors College Fashion, Style & Popular Culture Conference

Workshop Two: Native American Two-Spirit Style and Dance from Sheldon Raymore (Room 141)


Sheldon Raymore will speak about the concept of Two Spirit people and their places in today's contemporary Indigenous societies.  The term is intended to unite Indigenous Cis-gender & Transgender, gender fluid, gender queer, and gender non-conforming people under one spirit name.  Presentation will include historical and contemporary dress styles of Two-Spirit People as well as a mini display of clothing samples inspired from the Two-Spirit Nation.

1pm - 2:15pm

URBN Center, 3501 Market St., Philadelphia, PA, 19104

June 25th, 2019

How Many Of Us Will Be Thriving For Stonewall 100?

6pm - 8pm

The High Line

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June 25th, 2019

How Many Of Us Will Be Thriving For Stonewall 100?

This is a public forum salon-style event exploring survival, identity and the future co-organized and facilitated by What Would an HIV Doula Do? , including a founding member, Theodore (ted) Kerr.


Inspired by the urgency of the AIDS crisis informed 1994 ACT UP poster, HOW MANY OF US WILL BE ALIVE FOR STONEWALL 35?, the What Would an HIV Doula Do? collective invites you to a public forum on queer wellbeing for Stonewall 50 that asks: HOW MANY OF US WILL BE THRIVING FOR STONEWALL 100? 

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we remember those that continue to put their bodies on the line to push back against marginalization and abuse. WWHIVDD drags forward previous and ongoing concerns, while making space to discuss overlooked and newly emerging issues for queer communities. We invite you to join this interactive discussion with community members, artists, well-informed peers and trained facilitators. Together, through conversation and performance, we will explore what is meant by wellbeing, and talk about what we need to survive, and thrive for the next 50 years both individually, and communally.

The forum will include issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, expression, disability, economics, spirituality, geography, and so much more. 

6pm - 8pm

The High Line

June 29th, 2019

2 Spirits & HIV: a conference for TSLGBTQ+ Native Americans affected by HIV

10am - 5pm

WorldPride|Stonewall 50

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June 29th, 2019

2 Spirits & HIV: a conference for TSLGBTQ+ Native Americans affected by HIV

POLITICS & RIGHTS|HISTORY & LEARNING
2 Spirits & HIV Conference2 SPIRITS & HIV CONFERENCE
2 Spirits & HIV: a conference for Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus Native Americans affected by HIV.

DATE: Saturday , June 29th, 2019 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand St. NY, NY, 10022

Mistress of Ceremony: PrEPahHontoz aka Sheldon Raymore


Hosted by the Two Spirit Indigenous People’s Association in coordination with WorldPride and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. With generous support from the American Indian Community House, NYC Pride, Gilead, Indian Health Service with funds from the Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.

Were pleased to announce our 2nd annual Two-Spirits and HIV: a conference for Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus Native Americans affected by HIV co-presented with the Abrons Arts Center on June 29th, 2019. The first annual was held in 1991. Were honored to have confirmed three of our speakers: Isadore Boni a member of the San Carlos Apache Nation is a 50+HIV Survivor, Educator and Advocate, Trevor Stratton of Ojibwe Heritage from the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS, and Ron Rowell a member of the Choctaw Nation and Founder of National Native American AIDS Prevention Center. Our conference will feature workshops and breakout sessions that will inform and impact our communities through best practices and/or policy changes, while enhancing our communities social justice and holistic wellness toolbox, providing ways to care for ourselves and each other as part of an effective treatment and prevention plan.

Curtis Harris-Davia (San Carlos Apache), a TSIPA organizer and one of the founding members of New York City's "We'Wah and Bar-Chee-Ampe" - the second ever Two-Spirit organization in the United States, has been advocating for the Two-Spirit community since 1989. He continued to do so at the HOP town hall meeting on August 13th where he demanded that HOP include the "TS" in "TSLGBTQ" on all print media and communication for WorldPride 2019/Stonewall 50. This gesture would show respect for the First People of Turtle Island as well as honor Two-Spirit Indigenous People who are an integral part of the modern LGBTQ+ movement

"We are inviting Indigenous people from all over the world to march with us, and to come to our fire" says Harris-Davia.

“Not only is two-spirit representation crucial, but providing culturally appropriate safer spaces for our youth and elders to enjoy pride as Indigenous people is paramount,” Says TSIPA organizer Tony Enos (Cherokee), a strong two-spirit activist and singer/songwriter/Producer.

Enos continued, “Our community will have a chance to express our pride. With a volatile history of our Indigenous voices being minimized and silenced, we will not be the forgotten people any longer. That includes during WorldPride.”

This program is a proud recipient of a 2019 NYC Pride Gives Back Grant!

https://2019-worldpride-stonewall50.nycpride.org/events/2-spirits-and-hiv-conference/

10am - 5pm

WorldPride|Stonewall 50

June 30th, 2019

WorldPride|Stonewall 50

7pm - 10pm

NYC

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June 30th, 2019

WorldPride|Stonewall 50

Heritage of Pride "Community Hero" Sheldon Raymore will be on the lead float for the WorldPride|Stonewall 50 March.

7pm - 10pm

NYC

curriculum vitae

THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

  • January - March 2019 Ajijaak on Turtle Island Tour - NYC's The New Victory Theater, Providence, Rhode Island's FirstWorks Frontier Series, Baraboo, Wisconsin's Al Ringling Theater, Chicago International Puppet Festival
  • June 9th-24th, 2018 Theatre for the New City - Actor/Dancer - Amerinda in association with Spiderwoman Theater “Fear of Oatmeal”- NYC
  • May 23 - June 3, 2018 New Ohio Theatre - Cultural Consultant - Erica Fae’s “Saved Again and by Him” - NYC
  • January-March, 2018 LaMamma Theatre - Actor/Dancer - Ibex Puppetry’s “Ajijaak on Turtle Island” - NYC
  • 2018 Pearlman Theater Kimmel Center - Actor/Dancer - Ibex Puppetry’s “Ajijaak on Turtle Island” - Philadelphia, PA
  • 2017 Lied Center for the Performing Arts - Actor/Dancer - Ibex Puppetry’s “Crane: On Earth, in Sky” - Lincoln, NE
  • 2016 Theatre for the New City - Dancer - “Thunderbird American Indian Dance Concert” - NYC
  • 2015 LaMamma Theatre - Actor/Dancer - Ibex Puppetry’s “CRANE, On Earth, In Sky” – NYC
  • 2015 Nuyorican Poets Café - Actor/Co-Choreographer - Eagle Project and Rebel Theater’s “Trail of Tears” - NYC


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LIVE PERFORMANCE ART

  • April 11th, 2019 The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture - Carnegie Hall's Migrations Festival "Urban NDN's" - Articles of a Treaty song debut.
  • June 18th, 2018 Playroom Theater - International Human Rights Art Festival - “Grass Dance” - NYC
  • 2017 Stewart Hotel Grand Ballroom - LGBT In My Mind Conference Rainbow Event: PrEPahHontoz “Rainbow Crow” Live - NYC
  • 2017 The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture - PrEPahHontoz “Take The Pill” - NYC
  • 2017 Newark Museum - Second Sundays Native American Festival Day - “Fancy Dance” Newark, NJ
  • 2017 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts - “Grass Dance” - Burlington, VT
  • 2015 The Apollo Theatre - Producer, Dancer - AICH’s “World AIDS Day Opening” - NYC

2015 World AIDS Day Opening: Apollo Theater
253 W 125th St.
New York, NY, 10027

2015 World AIDS Day Opening: Apollo Theater 253 W 125th St. New York, NY, 10027

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I will get back to you soon and thank you!

Sheldon Raymore

PO Box 20698, New York, New York, 10023 United States

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