Playwright Rick Shiomi honored with 2015 McKnight Distinguished Artist Award and Commemorative Book
The McKnight Foundation has named Minnesota playwright, director, producer, theater artist, and musician Rick Shiomi as the 2015 McKnight Distinguished Artist, in recognition of artistic excellence spanning four decades.
It is the opening night performance of Katie Hae Leo’s Four Destinies, presented by Mu Performing Arts, the second largest Asian American Theater Company in the U.S., at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, and the lobby is buzzing with excitement.
Lia Chang Photos: Backstage at Mu Performing Arts’ Four Destinies by Katie Hae Leo,10/15-10/30
Lia Chang: Up Close and Personal with Rick Shiomi, Award-winning Playwright & Artistic Director of Mu Performing Arts
For nearly 30 years, groundbreaking Asian-North American playwright Rick Shiomi has worked as a successful theater and taiko artist, a theater director, and a composer. The Toronto native is the author of more than twenty plays, including my favorite, the award-winning Yellow Fever.
Over lunch in NY, Shiomi talked about the good old days with fellow Asian American pioneering playwrights Philip Kan Gotanda and David Henry Hwang, how he became a playwright, his path to success, the genesis of Mu Performing Arts, the Library of Congress, projects in the works and what’s in store as the company celebrates its 20th anniversary.