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Mu Performing Arts Honors Rick Shiomi at Mu Gala 2013 on April 27, 2013; Randy Reyes to Succeed Shiomi as Artistic Director

On April 27, 2013, Mu Performing Arts will pay tribute to Rick Shiomi’s legacy and body of work, at the Annual Mu Gala 2013, at The Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. Join hosts Sara Ochs and Eric Sharp for an evening of delicious food, exciting performances by your favorite Mu artists, and as always, the first peek into Mu Performing Arts upcoming 2013-2014 season. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Mu office at 651-789-1012. Single tickets start at $125.00. Visit for more details. Mu-Gala-2013-Banner-Varsity-Image-940x424

April 27, 2013
The Varsity Theater
1308 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

5:00 PM Doors open
5:00-6:30 PM Silent Auction
6:30-7:30 PM Three Course Dinner
7:30-9:00 PM Entertainment and Program

Ticket price includes complimentary valet parking, dinner, beer, and wine.

Rick Shiomi (Photo by Lia Chang)

Rick Shiomi (Photo by Lia Chang)

As the result of a national search for its next Artistic Director, Randy Reyes will succeed Mu Performing Arts co-founder Rick Shiomi in the company’s first leadership transition since 1993. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Shiomi arrived in the Twin Cities in the early 1990s. Under his guidance the company has grown from a handful of theater artists to one of the largest Asian American performing arts organizations in the nation. Mu Performing Arts’ business model is unique in North America as it is composed of Theater Mu, a professional theater company as well as Mu Daiko, a nationally recognized taiko drumming ensemble. During his tenure as Mu’s Artistic Director, Shiomi has been instrumental in developing the local pool of Asian American actors, directors, playwrights and designers, as well as an entire generation of taiko players. Shiomi received the 2012 Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement and will step down as Artistic Director on August 31, 2013.
Mu Performing Arts’ Artistic Director Rick Shiomi takes home Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement
From current Artistic Director Rick Shiomi:
“Over the past six years, Randy has been deeply dedicated to Mu as an actor, director, administrator, and member of our Core Artistic Group. A critical player in Mu’s success, he is blessed both with great artistic talent and organizational skills. It is my great pleasure to see him take Mu Performing Arts to the next level.”
Up Close and Personal with Rick Shiomi, Award-winning Playwright & Artistic Director of Mu Performing Arts

Randy Reyes

Randy Reyes

Randy Reyes is an award-winning multi-disciplinary theater artist who has called the Twin Cities home since 2005. He trained as an actor at The Juilliard School, The University of Utah, and with Anne Bogart’s renowned SITI Company. As a performer, Reyes has worked at theaters across the nation. In the Twin Cities, he makes regular appearances at Mu Performing Arts, Guthrie Theater, Ten Thousand Things Theater, and Workhaus Collective among many others. As a director and teaching artist, Reyes has directed Mu’s productions of Cowboy Vs. Samurai and Circle Around the Island (both in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio), and at many other theaters around the Twin Cities. In 2006 Mu was awarded a TCG New Generations grant. This funding provided the basis of Reyes’ administrative mentorship under Rick Shiomi for the following two years.

From incoming Artistic Director Randy Reyes:
“I am truly humbled and exhilarated to be asked to serve as Mu’s next Artistic Director. Rick Shiomi has been my mentor for over seven years and I’ve had the honor of seeing firsthand how his leadership has raised the company to its highest level of artistry and professionalism. I can only hope to build on that strong foundation. I feel ready to take on this wonderful challenge and I look forward to working with Mu’s artists, staff members, board of directors, funders, and all of our loyal supporters.”
Randy Reyes Embraces his Passion for Storytelling as an Actor, Director and Theater Educator

Other articles on Mu Performing Arts:
Kurt Kwan, Sara Ochs, Eric Sharp and More Set for Mu Performing Arts production of R.A. Shiomi’s Yellow Fever in Guthrie’s Dowling Studio, March 8-24, 2013
Mu Performing Arts Presents World Premiere of Lauren Yee’s The Tiger Among Us at Mixed Blood Theatre, January 24 – February 10, 2013
Mu Daiko Performs at The Cowles Center in Minneapolis, November 8-11, 2012
Photos: Yellow Fever Playwright Rick Shiomi Explores New Territory with An All-Female Cast
Mu’s landmark 21st Season features a brand new Taiko Concert, Lauren Yee’s The Tiger Among Us, and Rick Shiomi’s Award-Winning comedy Yellow Fever
Rick Shiomi helms Mu Performing Arts’ Asian American Cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, July 17-August 5, 2012
Randy Reyes directs Mu Performing Arts’ production of EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM by A. Rey Pamatmat at Mixed Blood Theatre, March 13-April 1, 2012
Mu Performing Arts’ Little Shop of Horrors on 2 ‘Best of’ Lists; Women in Arts Panel on 1/29, in Conjunction with Mu Daiko’s 15th Anniversary Concert and Tour
Mu Daiko 15th Anniversary Concert and Minnesota Tour, February 9-19, 2012
Photos: Opening Night of Mu Performing Arts’ Katie Hae Leo’s Four Destinies
Photos: Backstage at Mu Performing Arts’ Four Destinies by Katie Hae Leo
Photos: On the town with Rick Shiomi, Co-Editor of “Asian American Plays for a New Generation”, in D.C. & NY
Temple Press: Rick Shiomi recounts his tour for “Asian American Plays for a New Generation”
Mu Blog: Rick Shiomi’s Book Tour Logbook Reading on the road inside the book tour Photo Flash: Library of Congress’ IN REHEARSAL Exhibit
Lia Chang Theater Portfolio at Library of Congress Features Photos of Thom Sesma’s Makeup Transformation as Scar in Disney’s The Lion King Las Vegas, Robert Lee and Leon Ko’s Heading East Starring BD Wong, David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish, and Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri’s Bakwas Bumbug! on View Through August 2
“Asian American Plays for a New Generation”, A New Anthology of Asian American Plays Is Subject of Book Talk

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
Photos: All-Access Pass to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running with John Earl Jelks, Harvy Blanks, Chuck Cooper, Anthony Chisholm, Owiso Odera, Roslyn Ruff and James A. Williams
Jose Llana, Ruthie Ann Miles, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Conrad Ricamora, Kelvin Moon Loh and More Set for World Premiere of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love at The Public, April 2 – May 19, 2013
Keith David, January LaVoy, John Douglas Thompson, Glynn Turman, Lillias White and More Set for Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum, April 24 – June 9, 2013
Chuck Cooper, Austin Pendleton, Nicholas L. Ashe, Kyle Beltran, Grantham Coleman, Jeremy Pope, and Wallace Smith Set for MTC’s World Premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy, June 18- July 21, 2013
Albee, Hwang, Enos, Taylor, Wilson, Clarke and Jacobs-Jenkins Set for Signature Theatre’s 2013-14 Season
Signature Theatre’s Revival of David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and The Railroad Set for Wuzhen Theatre Festival in Wuzhen, China, May 9-12, 2013
Photos: David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and The Railroad Opening Night at Signature Theatre
Photos: Partying with the Cast of David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Oskar Eustis, BD Wong, Brian d’Arcy James, Francis Jue, Jennifer Lim and Leigh Silverman at WNYC’s The Greene Space
Hold These Truths Opening Night at Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s Tenney Theatre with Daniel Dae Kim, Joel de la Fuente and Jeanne Sakata
Photos: All-Access Pass to Disney’s Aladdin at The Muny with Thom Sesma, Francis Jue, Robin De Jesus, John Tartaglia, Jason Graae, Curtis Holbrook, Eddie Korbich, Samantha Massell and Ken Page
Performing Arts Images from the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection on Display at the Library of Congress to Celebrate APA Heritage Month
Photos: Yellow Fever Playwright Rick Shiomi Explores New Territory with An All-Female Cast
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Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. She is a Signature Theatre alumni who was in the cast of Sam Shepard’s Chicago, during his Signature 1996-1997 Playwright-in-Residence Season.
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