Donna Porterfield

Emerging Fields, 2006

Donna Porterfield, managing director of Roadside Theater since 1978, is also a playwright, producer and creator of Roadside’s community cultural development model and methodologies. She wrote and produced the play Thousand Kites addressing the burgeoning rural prison industry. Porterfield is the producer of Roadside’s ongoing 28-year collaboration with traditional Native American artists in Zuni, New Mexico, and co-edited the book Journeys Home: Revealing a Zuni-Appalachia Collaboration. She has served as consultant to the NEA and various state arts councils and national arts organizations.

Awards and Accomplishments

2008: _Thousand Kites_ receives Nathan Cummings Foundation Grant

2008: Thousand Kites receives TCG–New Generations Program Grant