Stories from the Stage 11: Mieko Ouchi

Kunji speaks with theatre artist and filmmaker Mieko Ouchi about writing secretly during theatre school, the rituals she’s created while writing each of her plays, and finding universal stories in her own family throughout her career.

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Stories from the Stage 9: Matt Miwa

Kunji speaks with theatre and performance artist Matt Miwa about the risks and imperatives of performance, the generational nature of Japanese Canadian identity, and Matt’s work in and hopes for the Ottawa Japanese Canadian community.

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Stories from the Stage 8: Yoshie Bancroft

Kunji speaks with performer and theatre creator Yoshie Bancroft of Universal Limited Theatre about representation, being a half-white BIPOC in the age of Black Lives Matter, and how to stand up and make things better for performers of colour.

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Stories from the Stage 6: Hiromoto Ida

Kunji speaks with dancer Hiromoto Ida about their shared experiences transitioning artistically from acting to dance, Hiromoto’s changing relationship with his birthplace of Japan, and what motivates him to continue making art.

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Maiko Yamamoto photo by Stephen Drover

Stories From the Stage 5 bonus! More Maiko

In this bonus mini-episode, continued from last week’s interview, Maiko Yamamoto reflects on advice for and from her younger and older selves, and the big question about experimental theatre that she struggles to answer.

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Maiko Yamamoto photo by Stephen Drover

Stories From the Stage 5: Maiko Yamamoto

Kunji speaks with Theatre Replacement Co-Artistic Director Maiko Yamamoto about her unconventional approach to theatre creation, and how her upbringing in the Japanese Canadian community influences the kinds of stories she wants to tell.

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Stories From the Stage 4: Hiro Kanagawa

Kunji speaks to Governor-General’s Award winner Hiro Kanagawa about his experiences as a prolific actor and playwright, including being typecast, and his opinions on the value of exploring the Japanese Canadian experience in our global society.

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