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Native actors & actresses can audition online for 'Te Ata' at official website

The Chickasaw Nation is producing a feature film about Native American performer “Te Ata” (Mary Frances Thompson). It was said that Mary adopted the name “Te Ata” to honor her Chickasaw Indian heritage during the 1920's. The biographical film will be directed by Nathan Frankowski. The screenwriter is Esther Luttrell & Paul Sirmons serves as producer. Auditions have already been held in Tulsa, Culver City, Texas, Oklahoma City & Albuquerque. If you couldn't make it to any of the open casting calls. You can still submit your audition “online” at the official website.

Native performer "Te Ata"
Native performer "Te Ata"
First Peoples website

Please follow all instructions when you submit for the online audition at “Te Ata.”

Native American men & women are encouraged to audition.

You can also follow breaking news on this film at the official Facebook Page “Te Ata.”

According to the official website called, “Oklahoma History & Culture.” Te Ata was “a traditional Native storyteller - Te Ata - also known as Mary Frances Thompson Fisher - was born in Emet, Chickasaw Nation, near Tishomingo, on December 3, 1895. Her parents were members of the Chickasaw Nation. Her father, T. B. Thompson, the last treasurer of the Chickasaw Nation, operated stores in Tishomingo.”

Mary Thompson attended Bloomfield Academy in the far southeast corner of Johnston County. Later, she attended high school in Tishomingo, encountering 'white' children for the first time. In school at Tishomingo, Te Ata found a role model in teacher Muriel Wright. Later, attending Oklahoma College for Women, in Chickasha - she acquired another mentor, Francis Densmore Davis, an active researcher and writer on Indian cultures. Davis recognized the young woman's talent for drama and soon Mary began to use the name Te Ata, reflecting her Indian heritage.

“In 1933, Te Ata performed for the first state dinner given by Pres. Franklin Roosevelt. Many of her performances in the 1930s were at summer camps throughout New England and New York state. In 1939 she performed again for the Roosevelt's at their home in Hyde Park, New York, on the occasion of a state visit by the king and queen of Great Britain."

"Later, Te Ata toured Europe, giving performances for royal families and heads of state. The Fishers traveled in South America and extensively in the United States, often observing Native ceremonies and learning different traditions. Te Ata incorporated these experiences in performances later in her storytelling.”