traci kato-kiriyama

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); CounterPULSE (SF); Bindlestiff Studio (SF); Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia)].  

She continually writes and creates for theatre and is one half of the award-winning PULLproject ensemble with actor/aerial artist, Kennedy Kabasares.  Their new project "PULL: tales of clamor" is in its early development stage to explore the noise necessary, in community, for healing and change.  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].

As an arts educator and organizer, she speaks, teaches creative & arts activism workshops, and facilitates artist-community collaborations through countless organizations [incl: Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA); Khmer Girls in Action (KGA); Asian Arts Freedom School in Canada; Hmong Student Association at the Univ. of Wisconsin; Nikkei and American Muslim performance collab. with Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress].

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 small project called Generations Of War(and Peace), first launched with the amazing support of Professor Glenn Omatsu's "Asian American Social Movements" class at UCLA in 2011.

Author of a book of poetry, signaling (The Undeniables Press, 2010) and columnist for the Rafu Shimpo's Through The Fire, traci's second book of writing & poetry is slated for release in Fall of 2014 by Writ Large Press.

In the two seconds of spare time she stretches to make days 28 hours long, traci can be seen hanging out with the Flying Platforms band; driving+testing traffic+surface street routes & (carefully) logging her times throughout LA and along the coast; working on voices with her puppet pal, Moopie Grace; inching her way into studies on faa.gov...