January 2011 – Present:
Founder and Managing Artistic Director, PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company
· Founder of Hawaii’s first and only community-engaged theater company. Our mission is to gather and share real stories that resonate with, empower, and connect individuals throughout the culturally rich and diverse communities of Hawaiʻi.
· Created and continues to train and develop the PlayBuilders Ensemble, a team of experienced artists who volunteer to work with communities in a theatrical capacity
· Works developed and produced under leadership include Someone Else’s Slippahs, Chinatown; Wahiawa, Remembah Wen; Yes, I Am, Stories from Honoluluʻs LGBT Community; Houseless in Paradise; Yes, I am, Leeward Edition; The Waipahu Project; and Dragonfly, The Story of a Young Local Girlʻs Journey Through Foster Care. Several of these works were also written or directed by me.
· Hawaii State Theatre Council Po’okela recipient for directing Houseless in Paradise and for writing the musical book for Dragonfly, The Story of a Young Local Girl’s Journey Through Foster Care.
· Collaborates with community in the writing of the play, inviting community members to join our experienced actors on stage in the telling of their stories. (Many of our community members have never seen a play before, much less performed in one. It is a pleasure to see them realize what they never understood before - that they can perform and they have within themselves the capacity to create high quality theatre that reflects their culture, history, thoughts, and opinions.)
· In addition, since 2011, PlayBuilders has held an annual playwriting festival that was created so local playwrights would have a way to showcase new works. We are currently associate partners at the ARTS at Marks Garage, and for several years was Artist in Residence at The Leeward Theatre (Leeward Community College).