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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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December 10th-13th, 2019

National Performance Network Conference

All day

New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center

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December 10th-13th, 2019

National Performance Network Conference

In collaboration with Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Contemporary Arts Center NOLA and Junebug Productions, National Performance Network (NPN) will host its annual gathering of national arts leaders in New Orleans, Dec. 10-13.


The NPN Conference brings together 350+ arts leaders from around the country to explore building a more just and equitable world through the arts.

All day

New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center

November 22nd, 2019

Fordham University

8pm - 10pm

Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, NYC

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November 22nd, 2019

Fordham University

Sheldon Raymore Presentation for Native American Heritage Month.

8pm - 10pm

Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, NYC

November 18th, 2019

What is "Two-Spirit"?

11:30am - 1:00pm

United Airlines, Chicago IL

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November 18th, 2019

What is "Two-Spirit"?

 Join  UNITE and EQUAL for a panel discussion to educate on the Native  American Culture of LGBTQ+ inclusion. Meet and hear from representatives  of the Cree, Navajo, Sioux and Cherokee nations as they share their  thoughts on the Two-Spirt community integrating with mainstream Native  American culture and their personal life journeys. One is an MD, one is  an artist, one is a musician and one is a Midwifery  Project Consultant (Harvard, 2009) – they represent all walks of Native  American life. 

11:30am - 1:00pm

United Airlines, Chicago IL

November 16th, 2019

Speaking Truth | Summit X

3pm - 4pm

Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC

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November 16th, 2019

Speaking Truth | Summit X

 

HISTORICAL ERASURE AND MISAPPROPRIATIONS OF OUR VOICES AND VALUES


COOPER FOUNDATION BUILDING, 3RD FLOOR, 315 F
Note: No advance registration required. Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
 

Throughout history Indigenous voices have at times been  misunderstood, misinterpreted, or altogether silenced. In this session  we will discuss examples of historical misappropriations, including the  Great Law of Peace, the post-colonial misinterpretations and of its  indigenous core values, and Chief Red Cloud’s speech at The Great Hall,  Cooper Union on November 16, 1870.
Session attendees will gain historical knowledge from the perspective of  the Native American and First Nations presenters, whose traditional  knowledge and awareness is in direct alignment with their respective  tribal Nations.

3pm - 4pm

Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC

October 26th & 27th

Tales with Iktomi

2pm - 4pm

Admirals House on Govenors Island, NYC

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October 26th & 27th

Tales with Iktomi

Join us for a Spooktacular affair! Let the silken voice of the Trickster thrill you with tales of wonder and woe.  Astound as he spins worlds out of words, and wraps you in the drama of heroes and villains.


Iktomi Intro by Tony Enos

Story 1 by Talon Ksa

Creepy Tree "Rock A Bye Baby" by Sheldon Raymore

Bones by Tony Enos

Iktomi Story 2 by Talon Ksa

Rainbow Crow by Sheldon Raymore

Iktomi Story 3 by Talon Ksa

2pm - 4pm

Admirals House on Govenors Island, NYC

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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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For inquiries about my availability or my upcoming events, send me a message.


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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