About Rick Shiomi
Rick Shiomi has been a leader in Asian American theater for over thirty-five years, as a playwright, director and artistic director. He has written over twenty plays, including the award-winning Yellow Fever, Rosie’s Café, Fire In The New World, Mask Dance and Journey of the Drum. His plays have been produced at Theater Mu, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre in NYC, Asian American Theater in San Francisco, East West Players in Los Angeles, Canasian Arts in Toronto, and Haisho Theatre in Tokyo.
He was a co-founder of Theater Mu and the artistic director there from 1993 to 2013. He has directed at Theater Mu, InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia and the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco. For Mu he has directed Into The Woods and A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in Asia, The Mikado set in Edwardian England (with Skylark Opera) and Yellow Face at the Dowling Studio of the Guthrie Theater. He directed Caught by Christopher Chen and You For Me For You by Mia Chung for InterAct Theatre, receiving Barrymore Award recommendations as director for both. He most recently directed the hit production of Caught for Full Circle Theater at the Dowling Studio.
He was one of the founders of CAATA (Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists), has served on boards and panels for MRAC (Metropolitan Regional Arts Council), MSAB (Minnesota State Arts Board) and NEA and is presently an Artistic Associate at Park Square Theater in their new artistic leadership team. And his plays have been published by Temple University and Rutgers University Press.
He has received the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Vision, the Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement and the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award.