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Solo Performance


  • Litquake | Litcrawl Literary Festival, San Francisco, 2014
  • From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant Garde, San Francisco, 2014
  • CIIS MFA Festival, CounterPULSE, San Francisco, 2014 

SOFT TISSUE Directed by W. Kamau Bell and Martha Rynberg

  • Solo Sundays, Stage Werx Theater, San Francisco, 2011
  • See Mom, I Didn’t Forget! Shelton Theater, 2011
  • Solo Performance Festival, Stage Werx Theater, San Francisco, 2010
  • For Colored Girls Only, Third Root Productions, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, 2010
  • San Francisco Theater Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2009-2010
  • APICCC’s United States of Asian America Festival, SOMArts, San Francisco, 2009
  • New Year’s Eve Solo-Tacular, Stage Werx, San Francisco, 2008
  • Words First, CounterPULSE, San Francisco, 2008 and 2009
  • Solo Quintet, Monday Nights at the March, The Marsh, San Francisco, 2007
  • 1×5 at Jambalaya Jubiliee, Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, 2007

PSALMS FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES Directed by Jessica Wolf and W. Kamau Bell

  • Falling Into the Sky, David Henry Hwang Theater, Los Angeles, 2007

LAMB Curated by Judith Kajiwara

  • Incarnate, Enter the Stillness Arts, NOHSpace, San Francisco, 2006

THAW Directed by W. Kamau Bell

  • Off-Market Theater, San Francisco, 2006

HELD Directed by Canyon Sam

  • Crash Into Me, Kearny Street Workshop, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, 2005

MAINLAND GIRL SEEKS MANA’O’I’O Directed by Leilani Chan

  • Kalo Project, TeAda Productions, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles, 1999

Ensemble Performance

Mixed, Blended & Whole

  • California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco, 2012

WING IT! Improvisational Performance Ensemble Directed by Phil Porter

  • Oakland, CA, 2006-present 

Oneness Butoh Directed by Judith Kajiwara

  • Tsunami of Light, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland 2012
  • Featured Soloist, Shedding Skin, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland, 2012

DIS-Oriented: A Trio of Asian and Arab American Women Directed by Martha Rynberg

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, 2011
  • Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, 2010
  • Solo Performance Festival, Stage Werx, San Francisco, 2010
  • APICC’s United States of Asian America Festival, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco 2010
  • City Solo, Off-Market Theater, San Francisco, 2010
  • Words First, CounterPULSE,, San Francisco, 2010

See How We Almost Fly Directed by Elizabeth Mendana

  • Mendana Productions, St. Gregory of Nyssa Cathedral, San Francisco, 2007

Raw Egg Directed by Iu-Hui Chua

  • Translations: Dancing the Intersection of Race, Gender and Sexuality, Asian American Dance Performances with the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and Queer Cultural Center, CounterPULSE, San Francisco, 2006
  • Yugen Presents Series at NOHSpace, San Francisco, 2006

Undercurrents Directed by Mills College MFA Alumni

  • I Don’t Know Why I Went, Choreographed by Bonner Odell, Jon Sims Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2006


Modern Times Bookstore, San Francisco, 2005

Black Oak Books, Berkeley, 2005

Inspiration House, KPFK-FM, Peter J. Harris, Host, Performance Poetry, Los Angeles, 2004

Portrait of a Bookstore, Studio City, CA 2004

Taper Auditorium, Los Angeles, 2004

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Venice, Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective, 1994-1999

World AIDS Day, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, 1999


“Beat the Buddha Day,” Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America, Pooja Makhijani, Editor, Seal Press, 2004

“Beyond the Swallow,” ONTHEBUS, Jack Grapes, Editor, Bombshelter Press, 2000

“Sand,” Moving Pictures: Nine Los Angeles Poets, Lucia Lemieux, Editor, The Best Press, 1997

“Sand,”Spillway, Mifanwy Kaiser, Editor, Bombshelter Press, 1997

“Years Later,” Rattle, Alan Fox, Editor, Bombshelter Press, 1996

Teaching & Facilitation

InterPlay© and Body Wisdom, Inc.

Movement, sound, storytelling, stillness and connection in service of health, well-being, reclamation, community-building, and creativity.

  • Introduction to InterPlay, Expressive Arts Therapy Program | Community Arts Group, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2014
  • Color Wisdom for Leaders, InterPlay Leaders Gathering, 2013
  • InterPlay for People of Color, co-led with Soyinka Rahim, 2012-2013
  • Secrets of InterPlay and Life Practice yearlong program, co-led with Gretchen Wegner and Amy Shoemaker, 2011-2012
  • Deepening Daylong Retreats, 2011-2013
  • Performance Technique, 2011-2012
  • Mary’s Senior Homeless Center, Winter Shelter and Women’s Recovery Group, co-led with Phil Porter, 2011-2012
  • AsIAm: InterPlay and Body Wisdom for Asian American Women, 2008-2009
  • Writing from the Body, co-led with Alison Luterman, 2008
  • InterPlay & Sexual Wholeness, co-led with Masankho Banda, 2007


Movement Workshops – Social Activism, Spirituality and Sustainability

  • Facing State Violence: Truth, Justice and Healing, Interdisciplinary Conference to Understand and Challenge Stage-Organized Systems of Violence, Hosted by American Friends Service Committee, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, 2007
  • Capturing the Moment by Rekindling the Movement of the Heart: An API Faith and Justice Gathering, The Center for Pacific Asian North American Theology, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, 2007
  • Women for Genuine Security, 7th Global Meeting, San Francisco, 2007. Women for Genuine Security is a U.S. based organization that promotes a world of genuine security based on justice and respect for others across national boundaries, a world free of militarism, violence and all forms of sexual exploitation.


Guest Lecturer

  • “The Performative Asian American Body” in Asian American Culture, Asian American Studies Department, San Francisco State University, 2012-present
  • “Writing the Body,” California Institute of Integral Studies, 2013
  • “Body, Memory and Ritual.” in America’s Internment: Journey to Manzanar, Joanne Doi, M.M., Graduate Theological Union, held at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley. Dance-theatre exploration of what the Japanese American community has held in its collective cross-generational body for over the sixty years; the role of the body in communal mourning and healing.
  • Theology and the Body, Cynthia Winton-Henry, M.Div., Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, 2007-2008

Psychotherapy & Consultation

Private Practice
Individual Body-Based Therapist/Guide and Group Facilitator, Oakland and Los Angeles, 2000-2013

Center for the Pacific Asian Family / Everywoman’s Shelter and Rape & Battering Hotline
Mental Health Consultant and Clinical Supervisor, Los Angeles, 2000-2004

Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team
Mental Health Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor and Lead Therapist, Los Angeles, 1997-2000

Beach Cities AIDS Services
Contract Psychotherapist, Hermosa Beach, CA 1994-1998

Los Angeles Pediatric AIDS Network/AIDS Project Los Angeles Collaborative Children’s Mental Health Program
Program Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor and Lead Therapist, Los Angeles, 1994-1997

I Count Too! Children’s Bereavement Program, Visiting Nurse Association
Therapist, Los Angeles, 1993-1996

Kaiser Permanente Hospice & Bereavement Program
Medical and Clinical Social Worker, Bereavement Support Group Facilitator, Los Angeles, 1991-1994

Hollygrove Children’s Home
Children’s Therapist and Case Manager, Los Angeles, 1988-1991

Certificates & Awards

Spirit of InterPlay© Award
For work with Race Dances and Color Wisdom, 2013

Certified InterPlay® Leader
InterPlay © and Body Wisdom, Inc., Oakland, 2005-present

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LCS17051, California Board of Behavioral Sciences, 1994-present

Puffin Foundation
Grantee, How Do You Bend Without Breaking, Movement Workshops for Domestic Violence Workers, 2005-2006

Summer Residency, Community-Based Choreography
The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA, 2003

PEN Rosenthal Literary Fellowship
PEN Center USA West, Los Angeles, 2003-2004


Certificate in Sexuality and Religion (to commence Summer 2015)
Graduate Theological Union | Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley CA

Master of Fine Arts (to be completed Spring 2015)
Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco CA

Master of Social Work
Mental Health for Individuals, Families and Groups, University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Social Welfare, Berkeley CA, 1988

Post-Baccalaureate Studies
Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies, California State University, Long Beach, 1984-1986

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology | Minors in Sociology and Religious Studies
San Jose State University, 1983

Performance Studies

  • Movement for Humans – Joe Goode Performance Group, 2013-present
  • InterPlay/Body Wisdom – Improvisational Performance, Oakland, 2005-present
  • Enter the Stillness Arts/Oneness Butoh, Oakland, 2005-present
  • Movement Ritual with Anna Halprin, Kentfiled, CA 2005-2012
  • Solo Performance Workshop, San Francisco, 2005-2010
  • Taiko Drumming, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda, 2008-2010
  • Kinetic Storytelling, Eth-Noh-Tec, San Francisco, CA, 2008-2009
  • Motion Theatre, San Francisco and Berkeley, CA 2006-2007
  • Modern, Postmodern and Contemporary Dance, Los Angeles, Stockton, San Jose, Washington DC, San Francisco and Berkeley, 1979-2007
  • San Francisco Summer Dance Institute – Joe Goode Performance Group, Anne Bluethenthal, Erika Chong Shuch, San Francisco, 2005
  • Community-Based Choreography, Celeste Miller, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA, 2004
  • Text and Movement, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Tacoma Park, MD, 2002 and 2004
  • E Pili Kākou I Ho’okahi Lāhui, Lihue, Kauai’i and Sacramento, CA, 2002-2003
  • Kalo Project, TeAda Productions, Los Angeles, 1999-2001
  • Keali’i O Nālani and Ka Pa Hula O Wahineali’i (Hālau Hula), Los Angeles, 1997-2001
  • Dance and Religion, Pacific School of Religion/Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, 1980-1983

Creative Writing

  • The Sun, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry, Esalen Institute, 2010
  • The Writing Salon – Memoir and Poetry, 2007-2010
  • PEN Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellowship, Cross-Genre Fellow – Mary Rakow, Mentor, 2003-2004
  • Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective, Poetry, Jack Grapes, 1997-2002

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