Jun 11th, 2019
Xemiyulu Tapepechul (she/ella, @XemiNeSiwayul) is a Two-Spirit actor, playwright, author, playwright, and educator. In 2015, she founded Nelwat Ishkamewe, a Two-Spirit (Native American Transgender, Intersex, Asexual, Queer+) collective of artists, healers, educators, and advocates, uplifting Two-Spirit Nation through art & land justice. She trained at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and has been featured on various DC Theatre productions, including Nelwat Ishkamewe's The Cosmic Twins, Protect & Preserve, and Siwayul (Heart of a Womxn). She is the 2018 Champion of the Ask Rayceen Show Annual Poetry Slam Competition, the 2018 "Hispanic Heritage Legacy Award" from the Latino GLBT History Project, the 2019 "40 Under 40: Queer Women of Washington" by the DC Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs, the DC Mayor's Office of Women's Initiatives, and the Washington Blade, and the 2019 Engendered Spirit Award from the Capitol Pride Alliance.
Host: Emily Stamets (@theemilystamets, emilystamets.com)
Original music: Jaclyn S. O'Connor
Graphics: Tiffany Spence