Miguel (Kuna/Rappahannock) is a choreographer, director and actor. She is Founder and Artistic Director of NYC’s Spiderwoman Theater, the longest running Native feminist theater in North America. She has directed and co-written almost all of Spiderwoman’s shows since Women in Violence in 1976. They have produced over twenty original works for the theatre.
Muriel is a 2018 Doris Duke Artist and a 2016 John S. Guggenheim Fellow. She received an Honorary DFA from Miami University in Ohio; is a member of the National Theatre Conference and the Southern Theater Conference and attended the Rauschenberg Residency in 2015.
She studied modern dance with Alwin Nickolai, Erick Hawkins and Jean Erdman. She was an original member of Joseph Chaikin's Open Theater where she performed in the groundbreaking works: Terminal, The Serpent, Mere Ubu and Viet Rock.
She has pioneered Spiderwoman Theater's storyweaving process and the development of a culturally-based Indigenous performance methodology. Last season, she directed the inaugural production for the Indigenous Theatre section of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Marie Clement's The Unnatural and Accidental Women. She currently serves as a member of New York City’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission.