Randy Tinker Smith
Randy Tinker Smith (Osage, Cherokee) is the great niece of America’s first American Indian General, Clarence Tinker (Osage). She studied Interior Design at Texas Tech University. During college she worked as a sound engineer with a top 40 band, and went on to play keyboards for them for 10 years around the United States and Canada. In 1992, she entered Bible school, and received an Associate’s Degree in Theology. Because of her daughters’ involvement with ballet, Randy became involved in all parts of ballet production, from sound to costumes. In 2001, she helped coordinate a professional production of Swan Lake with Rotaru International Ballet. In 2003, Randy helped write, and produce, a new musical for an international ministry. She was stage manager for the cast of 50. As an artist, she constructs Osage ribbon work, beadwork, and Osage roaches, a Native American traditional headgear. In 2012 Randy produced a brand new ballet depicting the history of the Osage Nation, which was partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The ballet, Wahzhazhe, had its world premiere in Oklahoma, and has gone on to perform at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, in March of 2013. In August of 2013, it was performed at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, and Bartlesville Community Center.