traci kato-kiriyama is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer/author, actor, arts educator & community organizer. Since 1996, she has performed and written for theatre tours, productions, artist residencies, and performance collaborations in hundreds of venues throughout the country [incl. LaMaMa Cabaret (NY); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF); Enwave Theatre (Toronto); Inner-City Arts (LA); Los Angeles Theatre Center (LA); The Aratani Theater (LA); CounterPULSE (SF); Bindlestiff Studio (SF); Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia)].
A writer, actor, and theatre devisor, she is one half of the award-winning PULLproject Ensemble with actor/aerial artist, Kennedy Kabasares. Most recently, their new project "PULL: tales of clamor" is in its first stages of development. They were the recipient of a 2015/2016 Exchange Grant award from NET (Network of Ensemble Theaters) and were just selected as the sole recipient of NET's Continuation Grant Award for 2016/2017. It is a follow-up to their first touring show "PULL: tales of obsession" [presentations incl. official selection for the Natl. Asian American Theatre Festival in 2011; Centre of Gravity in Toronto in 2012].
She is the Co-Founder and Director for Tuesday Night Project, presenter of the Tuesday Night Cafe Series now in its 18th year and the longest-running Asian American mic series in the country (USA Today, LA's "#1" and "Top Ten"; LA Weekly "Best Downtown Free Performance Series"). As an Artist Organizer - she speaks, teaches courses on the relationship between wellness, creativity and community engagement (Pitzer College, Pomona College), and facilitates artist-community collaborations through countless organizations & partnerships (including: NCRR and Nikkei & American Muslim performance collaborations; Great Leap and Hmong community & students at the Univ. of Wisconsin, Wausau; Asian Arts Freedom School in Toronto, Canada).
Community building and bridging at the heart of what she does and passionately believes in, traci is honored to be an active community advisory member for the Budokan of Los Angeles (BoLA) and Kizuna and plans to expand efforts this year for a story project called Generations Of War, Peace & Action, first launched with the support of Professor Glenn Omatsu's "Asian American Social Movements" class at UCLA in 2011 and 2014 and two Aratani CARE grant awards.
Author of a book of poetry, signaling (The Undeniables Press, 2010) and columnist for the Rafu Shimpo's Through The Fire, traci has been supported and presented by The Getty, Skirball Cultural Center, The Last Bookstore, Beyond Baroque, 826LA, Avenue 50, Grand Park, Hammer Museum, Poets & Writers, Inc. and many more. Most currently, she is featured in the Coiled Serpent anthology (Tia Chucha Press, 2016) and her second book of writing & poetry is slated for future release by Writ Large Press.
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traci kato-kiriyama is: a writer/actor and one half of the award-winning PULLproject Ensemble; director/co-founder of Tuesday Night Project - presenter of the Tuesday Night Cafe series (currently the longest-running Asian American-produced mic series in the country); and Writ Large Press author of a new book still in the birthing process. She has been presented as a performer, poet, theatre deviser, guest lecturer, speaker, facilitator, emcee, and Artist-in-Residence at innumerable venues from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Hawai'i to Philadelphia, Florida, New York and Toronto.