ARIGON STARR BIOGRAPHY
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ARIGON STARR...
Arigon Starr is an enrolled member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma. She grew up on the road as part of a military family. Her parents, Ken Wahpecome (Kickapoo) and mother Ruth (Creek-Cherokee-Seneca) supported her artistic expressions, encouraging her to learn as much as possible about music, composition, art, and drama. Starr relocated to Los Angeles, where she worked behind the scenes at entertainment companies like Viacom Productions and Showtime Networks. In 1996, she left her corporate job behind and became a full-time musician.
Starr’s first CD, Meet the Diva, was named Best Independent Recording at the Second Annual Native American Music Awards. Her second release, Wind-Up, contained the hit “Junior Frybread,” which was named Song/Single of the Year at the Fourth Annual Native American Music Awards. In 2002, Wacky Productions released her third CD, Backflip, which featured Grammy-nominated country act BR549. Starr’s fourth CD, The Red Road – Original Cast Recording was named the Best Contemporary CD at the 15th Annual First Americans in the Arts Awards and features a Who’s Who of musical guest stars from Los Angeles and Nashville. Additionally, Arigon was named “Songwriter of the Year” by the Native American Music Awards and received a nomination for “Best Country CD” from Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards.
Starr’s music has taken her around the world including stops in London and the famous West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, in addition to appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and at venues like Sky City and Isleta Casinos in New Mexico, the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC and New York City.
Starr has also gained fame for her acting and has been awarded two First Americans in the Arts Awards, the Maverick Award from the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Project, and a Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers Award. Arigon is the playwright, composer and performer in The Red Road, a wild, wacky musical comedy from Native Voices at the Autry. The play garnered rave reviews from the Los Angeles Times and Daily Variety and has toured across the U.S. and Australia. Arigon also wrote and performed two original plays in “Red Ink,” a compilation of contemporary Native stories produced by the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis. Additionally, Starr has appeared on television in Showtime’s comedy, Barbershop: The Series and ABC’s General Hospital.
Native Voices at the Autry and the Native Radio Theater project teamed with Starr for Super Indian, a radio comedy series she created which was taped before a live audience and broadcast in 2007. In July 2009, Starr taped a live radio version of her one-woman show The Red Road, directed by award-winning director/producer Dirk Maggs.
Arigon utilized her phenomenal drawing skills (pencils/inks/color/letters) to bring Super Indian to life as a full-fledged online comic book series and a graphic novel. Super Indian Volume Two was released in April 2015. "Super Indian" is also featured in two exhibits this year, including the Heard Museum's "Super Heroes: Art! Action! Adventure!" running May 16 through August 23 in Phoenix, Arizona; plus the Department of Interior Museum's "DOI Goes Pop!" in Washington, DC. Arigon is also a founder of the Indigenous Narratives Collective, a group of Native American Comic book artists, writers and creators.
Starr continues to write, act and perform and is represented by Kristene Wallis at the Wallis Agency. Starr is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
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