Chickasaw Nation Sets Casting Call for Te Ata movie June 14 at Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie, Texas

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Release Date: June 04, 2014

Casting Call for “Te Ata” movie set June 14 at Lone Star Park
 Native American Actors Encouraged to Audition

The Dallas area is the first stop in a nationwide search for Native American actors to star in a tribally-produced feature film which shares the story of a trailblazing Native American entertainer.

An open casting call for “Te Ata” will be conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 14, at Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, Texas.

Produced by the Chickasaw Nation, “Te Ata” is a full-length feature film based on the remarkable life and legacy of Chickasaw performer Mary Frances Thompson.

Best known by her stage name, Te Ata, which means “bearer of the morning,” she gained international fame presenting a unique one woman show of American Indian heritage and culture to audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Named Woman of the Year by the Ladies’ Home Journal in 1976, Te Ata’s creative performances delivered to kings, queens, presidents and everyday people helped inspire greater respect and understanding of American Indian culture and heritage.

Inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1958 and the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame in 1990, she was awarded the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award in 1975 and declared Oklahoma’s first “State Treasure” in 1987.

“Te Ata” auditions will include a 2-minute reading audition before three judges.

Auditions will end promptly at 2 p.m. Please arrive no later than 1:30 p.m. to have the best opportunity for an audition slot. It is estimated the first 150 people will have an opportunity to read for judges.

Individuals interested in auditioning for a role should bring an 8X10 portrait and a résumé to the casting call.

Auditions are open to everyone. Native Americans actors are encouraged to audition.

An online casting call is also planned.

For additional “Te Ata” casting information, including a list of available roles and audition scenes, email or visit

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