The Eagle Project

Exploring American identity through performing arts and our Native American heritage

Ryan Victor Pierce is Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape, originally from Southern New Jersey and Delaware. While he grew up around various US cities (Cincinnati, Ohio, Boston, Massachusetts, and the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area), he had the privilege and the honor of receiving his Lenape name, “Little Eagle,” on original Lenape land at the age of 12 by his great uncle, the late Rodney Edwards, “Strong Oak.”

Upon graduation from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Ryan has performed in various readings, staged readings, and full productions at such renown theaterical institutions as the Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, New Dramatists, LaMaMa E.T.C., Playwrights Horizons, and New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.

Throughout his career, Ryan has also devoted much of his time performing in and helping to develop theatrical works of indigenous people from the US and around the world. Many of those works have been developed and performed at the American Indian Community House of New York City, AMERINDA, The Culture Project, Times Square Playwrights, the Australian Aboriginal Theater Initiative, as well at the United Nations.

Having a passion to incorporate American voices that aren't frequently heard, especially those of Native Americans, into the performing arts arena, Ryan founded the Eagle Project in 2012.

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