Musician, Playwright and Graphic Novelist



An enrolled member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, Arigon Starr is a multi-talented and award-winning musician, actor, playwright and artist. Now in her third year of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Arigon wrote a full-length, two-act play in the first months of her residency that was produced by the New Native Play Festival (now Oklahoma Indian Theater Company) in June 2018. The play “Round Dance” was a critical hit and resulted in the theater company’s most well-attended and financially successful production in their 9-year history. The production was also awarded a State Citation of Recognition from Oklahoma Representative David Perryman. Her comic anthology “Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, Volume One (Native Realities Press) was named the 2018 Best Middle School Book by the American Indian Library Association, in addition to being added to one of the year’s Best Graphic Novels by the American Library Association. Her graphic novelist talents were commissioned by Denver’s Pop Culture Classroom/Colorado History Project for two short comic projects (“Mesa Verde” and “Chief Ouray”) and ONI Press’ “Draw Out The Vote.” She also provided an illustration for “Oklahoma Today” Magazine that featured ground-breaking Cherokee Scientist Mary Golda Ross. Her comic artwork was featured at the Philbrook and Oklahoma Contemporary Museums. Arigon was also selected to participate in National Ensemble Director’s Workshop in Minneapolis. She was also a guest at the third annual Indigenous Comic Con in Albuquerque. She’s been featured in several press articles in 2018 from such diverse outlets as The Oklahoman, Oklahoma Gazette, National Public Radio, BookRiot and Al-Jazeera. She was also selected by the First Nations Development as part of their “Buy Native” campaign and her books were promoted extensively on their website and email campaign. She also presented a comic book workshop at the Gilcrease Museum and has been assisting the executive board at the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City with development and creative aspects of their Intergenerational Discovery Center.