Steven Wounded Deer Alvarez (Mescalero Apache/Yaqui/Athabascan) is a stage actor, percussionist, vocalist, film and stage producer, music educator and arts administrator who is currently serving as the Director of Cultural Education and Strategic Initiatives for the Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) in Anchorage.
Raised in a multi-ethnic military family that moved to several foreign countries, he is at home in the world at large and brings his global perspective to all his endeavors.
Working as a musician since age 16, Alvarez currently performs with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Anchorage Opera, the Anchorage Concert Chorus and contemporary bands Medicine Dream and Pamyua.
He recently co-founded Theatre Artists United, an Anchorage-based theater company, where he has directed a production of Hair.
innovative theater piece Connections, which fuses live storytelling with film and live music, debuted at the National Museum of the American Indian
and has been presented at numerous other locales.
In October, Alvarez will be directing ANHC's fifth annual World Music Festival, which he
launched; directing the music for the premiere of ECHOES (see "Happening," this issue); and musically directing and playing the lead role of Che in Evita.
Among those receiving grants were painter Joe Feddersen (Colville), for a 112-page exhibition catalog; Tania Willard (Shuswap) for site-specific work at Stanley Park in Vancouver; storyteller Jack Dalton (Yup'ik) and dancer and singer Stephen Blanchett (Yup'ik) for production of an original dance performance; playwright Rhiana Yazzie (Navajo); and visual artist Carolyn Anderson (Navajo), choreographer Emily Johnson (Yup'ik) and Pangea World Theater dramaturge Meena Natarajan to produce a play titled Ady.