Fulbright-John Wood LAMDA Award in Classical Acting
Brian is a member of the Navajo Nation and was raised on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. After the 9/11 attacks Brian felt obligated to serve his country and Native community so he joined the U.S. Navy shortly after graduating high school. Brian became the first member of the Navajo Nation to become a U.S Navy SEAL. He completed 140 Combat Operations and was awarded 10 medals and three ribbons for Combat Valor and Merit. He also met President Obama due to his exemplary service.
After the Navy Brian was accepted into Columbia University in NYC and is a first-generation student. He received his BA in Drama and Theatre Arts with a concentration in Acting. Since graduating in 2020 Brian has acted in scores of productions in theatres in AZ and NYC, and was cast in Transformers The Last Knight. He is grateful for Fulbright giving him the opportunity to continue to give back to the world through art and to further serve as a representative of the United States and the Native American people. He is excited to train in LAMDA's acting program and visit museums. Upon completion of the Fulbright, he plans to continue acting and start a scholarship company that gives opportunity to indigenous high schoolers and veterans in the fine and dramatic arts.