Crossing Borders III, Commission, San Diego State University, 2019-Present.
Production, Tea, Hero Theatre, Directed by Rebecca Wear, 2022.
Staged Reading, Setting the Table, The Road Theatre Company, Directed by Stewart J. Zully, 2021.
Moment Theatre Festival, Oh, I Remember the Black Birch, Directed by Marya Mazor, Dramaturge & Producer, Keren M. Goldberg
Guest Artist, Berklee College, Boston, 2021.
Guest Artist, State University of New York-Geneseo, 2021.
Guest Artist and Panelist, "Intersections of Asian and Black Cultures in Theatre," East Asian Studies, University of Southern California, 2021.
Guest Artist and Panelist, "The Asian-Black Question Up Close in Drama," East Asian Studies, University of Southern California, 2021.
Staged Reading, Setting the Table, East Asian Studies, USC, directed by Rena Heinrich, 2021.
Guest Artist and Panelist, Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions & Culture, USC, 2021.
Staged Reading, Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions & Culture, USC, directed by Tamara Ruppart, 2021.
Staged Reading, Setting the Table, Playwrights' Arena, directed by Stewart J. Zully, 2021.
Guest Speaker, The Justice Play Project, Institute for Theatre & Social Change, Dramatic Arts-Public Policy restorative justice arts project, 2021.
Staged Reading, Setting the Table, The Road Theatre Company, directed by Stewart J. Zully, 2021.
Staged Reading, Oh, I Remember the Black Birch, VS Theatre, directed by Marya Mazor, 2020.
Guest Artist, Berklee College, Boston, 2020.
Production, Tea, GENseng Asian American Performance Ensemble, SUNY Geneseo, Directed by Brodie McPherson, 2020.
Guest Lecturer, Aoyama Gakuin Daigaku, Tokyo, Japan, 2018.
Staged reading of The Mexican Friendship Circle at Border Field, San Diego Rep, Amigos Del Rep, Directed by Michael Arabian, March 19, 2019.
Crossing Borders II, Everywhen, Commission, The Parodos Festival, Toronto, 2018.
Oh, I Remember the Black Birch, Commission, Bonnie Franklin's Classic & Contemporary American Plays, 2018.
Tea in Future Classics Festival, Hero Theatre, Los Angeles, December 2018.
Special presentation of Little Women: A Multicultural Transposition by Velina Hasu Houston coming in December 2018. A production of Playwrights' Arena & the Japanese American National Museum at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum in celebration of the Christmas season and Los Angeles history. Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera, Artistic Director, Playwrights' Arena.
Hapa.me @ Japanese American National Museum. Hapa Panel with Amy Hill, Jamie Ford, and Velina Hasu Houston, moderated by artist Kip Fulbeck of Hapa.me, September 8, 2018, 2 pm, Japanese American National Museum.
Civilization in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, 17th Annual New Works Festival, August 2018
Book Signing, Life As A Playwright: A Survival Guide by Jon Klein with an essay by Velina Hasu Houston, Samuel French Bookstore, 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, July 21, 2018, 2:00 pm PST.
Path of Dreams, a film directed by Tamara Ruppart; produced by Eleven Arts, Inc., and True Heart Films in association with Minx Pictures. Screening in Los Angeles at Nibei Foundation, June 19, 2018.
Crossing Borders I by Velina Hasu Houston & Alex McSweeney at The Parodos Festival, Toronto, June 16-17, 2018. Velina's contribution: Where Shadow Chases Light
Crossing Borders I by Velina Hasu Houston & Alex McSweeney. International commissioned theatre project directed by Dr. Peggy Shannon and Dr. Gill Foster. Cast: Tetsuyoshi Alex Aoki and Amir Ibrahim. At Martin Massman Theatre, June 1, 2018, 8 pm PST. England-Canada-Iran-U.S.
Guest Panelist in conjunction with Kip Fulbeck's "hapa.me" exhibit at Japanese American National Museum. September 2018.
Site-specific theatre event, Kensington, Playwrights' Arena, Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera; Dramaturge, Adrian Centeno; Cast: Tamlyn Tomita, Krista Marie Yu, Leah Zhang. At Chado Tea Room, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. May 20, 2018.
Guest Artist, Kip Fulbeck's "hapa.me" exhibit at Japanese American National Museum. April 2018.
Staged reading of Where in the World Is Vivian Song? The Chronicles of an All-American Woman, Chronicle 1: The Case of the Dirty Boba, The Pasadena Playhouse, November 28, 2016.
Staged reading of Empress Lily, Playwrights' Arena, November 10, 2016.
Lecture, "Asian American Culture: Transforming the View," Kyoto University, Institute for Research in the Humanities, "Trans-Pacific Japanese American Studies" International Seminar, October 22, 2016.
Keynote Address, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Building Demand for the Performing Arts, New York, October 14, 2016. Via Web.
Workshop/Staged Reading of Little Women, The Pasadena Playhouse, June 15, 2016.
Public unveiling of The Pasadena Playhouse's Ozomatli project, April, 2016.
Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, Kobe, Japan, April 2016.
Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre, February 2016.
USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions & Culture, "Rising Sun, Rising Soul: Mixed Race Japanese of African Descent," February 2016.
The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute held a book signing for Houston's book, Green Tea Girl in Orange Pekoe Country. October 2015.
Houston has been commissioned by The Pasadena Playhouse to write a book for a new musical about the Grammy Award-winning band, Ozomatli.
Houston's play, Tranposition of the Air, was presented as a revisitation of "Feuchtwanger Re-freshed: New Stagings of Classic Works," at The Doheny Library, University of Southern California, September 19, 2015.
Houston's play, A Spot of Bother, was presented at Theatre 40, Beverly Hills, California, directed by Stewart J. Zully, on September 6, 2015.
Houston participated in a U.S.-Japan dramatic arts exchange with Tokyo-based composer/conductor Hideaki Hirai and other distinguished dramatists and cinema artists at the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions & Cultures, August 2015. The artists discussed Mr. Hirai's Kaguya-hime Japanese language opera, as well as his opera about Ono no Komachi, along with Path of Dreams, a film about Komachi produced by True Heart Films and its Ms. Tamara Ruppart and Eleven Arts, Inc., and its Mr. Ko Mori (and penned by Houston).
Houston served as a judge for the 75th Anniversary Nisei Week Festival Coronation ceremonies.
Houston's play, The Matsuyama Mirror, has been published by YouthPLAYS, www.youthplays.com.
Houston's play, The American Women, was presented in Antaeus Theatre Company's ClassicsFest, in July 2015, directed by Gregg T. Daniel.
Houston, the recipient of a Fulbright grant, served as a Fulbright scholar at Aoyama Gakuin Daigaku, in June 2015. (Project: “Adapting Greek Drama to the Contemporary Stage: The Intuition of Iphigenia as Theatre and Opera, and Post-disaster/Post-war Survival," Aoyama Gakuin Daigaku, Tokyo, Japan). Houston also participated in a research symposium at Keio University.
Houston's play, The Mexican Friendship Circle at Border Field, had a staged reading on May 19, 2015, at Playwrights' Arena @ Los Angeles Theatre Center, directed by Diane Rodriguez.
Houston's play, Tranposition of the Air, was presented at "Feuchtwanger Re-freshed: New Stagings of Classic Works," at the Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades, California, April 24, 2015.
A collection of Houston's plays, Green Tea Girl in Orange Pekoe Country, is available on Amazon.com, published 2014. http://www.amazon.com/Green-Girl-Orange-Pekoe-Country/dp/131251079X
Houston is published in Mixed Race 3.0: Risk and Reward in the Digital Age, available on Amazon.com, published 2015, http://www.amazon.com/Mixed-Race-3-0-Reward-Digital-ebook/dp/B00SNXJBJM
Houston is published in One on One: The Best Monologues for Mature Actors, Applause Books, Edited by Stephen Fife, Avalable on Amazon.com. 2015. http://www.amazon.com/One-Monologues-Mature-Actors-Applause/dp/1480360198
Houston will be published in 2015 in Monologues for Actors of Color, Routledge, Volume II.
Houston's play, Like the Flow of A River, had a staged reading at Playwrights' Arena @ Los Angeles Theatre Center, April 12, 2015, directed by Tamara Ruppart.
Houston's play A Spot of Bother was presented at The Road Theatre Company as a staged reading directed by Stewart Zully on March 30, 2015.
Houston was a guest speaker for the Asian Pacific American Alumni Association, University of Southern California, March 2015.
Houston's play The American Women was featured in The Pasadena Playhouse's HOTHOUSE in January 2015, directed by Seema Sueko.
Houston and Nathan Wang, composer, workshopped their operetta, The Intuition of Iphigenia, in Toronto, Canada, directed by Peggy Shannon, in January 2015.
Houston spoke at the Mixed Remixed Festival, Japanese American National Museum, June 14, 2014, on a panel, "Mixed Race 3.0," curated by Marcia Alesan Dawkins, Ph.D.
Tea had a concert reading at the Japanese American Citizens' League, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, June 8, 2014, directed by Ernest Figueroa and produced by Giselle Gilbert.
In August 2014, Cinnamon Girl (Book & Lyrics by Houston and music by Nathan Wang; Playwrights' Arena, directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera) was featured at the Peking University Musical Theatre Festival in Beijing, China.
Houston read from her works and engage in a conversation with Dr. Nayan B. Shah as the featured writer in The Provost's Writers' Series, University of Southern California, October 2014.
Houston presented from her documentary, Rising Soul, on the panel, "Red and Yellow, Black and Brown," at the 2014 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, Chicago, November 2014.
Houston's play, Kokoro (True Heart), directed by Tamara Ruppart, was produced April 24-27, 2014, USC Scene Dock Theatre.
Houston attended a Mixed Roots Japan picnic event, Kyoto, Kamogawa Delta, on May 10, 2014.
Houston's new opera, The Intuition of Iphigenia, composer Nathan Wang, directed by Peggy Shannon, had a special workshop presentation at Los Angeles Opera on April 30, 2014.
Houston was an invited speaker at Interart Theatre Annex, New York, in response to her play, "Tea," October 2013.
Houston was an invited speaker at the "Between African Americans and Japanese: Traveling Texts" conference at NYU Gallatin School, October 2013.
A staged reading of "Tea" took place at Interart Theatre Annex, New York, directed by Bryan Close, October 2013.
A staged reading of "Tea" took place at Actors' Theatre, Burbank, California, directed by Kaz Matamura. Kokoro (True Heart) by Velina Hasu Houston will be produced in 2014 (two productions), one by Edgemar Center for the Arts, Santa Monica, California; and a second by the USC School of Dramatic Arts.
Cinnamon Girl, Book and Lyrics by Velina Hasu Houston, Music by Nathan Wang, directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera, had a first public presentation, a reading, as part of Playwrights' Arena's New Pages playwright residences on April 29, 2013, at Los Angeles Theatre Center; and a second Playwrights' Arena workshop at Greenway Court Theatre on September 30, 2013.
Cinnamon Girl will have its world premiere at Playwrights' Arena, Artistic Director Jon Lawrence Rivera, in spring 2014, directed by Rivera.
Brown Girl in the Ring, Book and Lyrics by Velina Hasu Houston, Music by Nathan Wang, directed by Michael Arabian, had its first public presentation in May 2013, supported by a grant from Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Southern California. Community partners: East West Players (producing partner), California African American Museum, and Pasadena Playhouse.
Houston was an invited guest speaker at the Nibei Foundation, Los Angeles, June 2013.
Houston was an invited keynote speaker for the Geary Community Schools Foundation, Junction City, Kansas, May 2013.
Houston served on an invited panel, Hapa Japan Literary Panel, at the Hapa Japan 2013 Festival, http://hapajapan.com, April 4, 2013, 4 pm, East West Players, 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, California 90012. Also on the panel: Ruth Ozeki, Sesshu Foster, and Carlos Yushimito del Valle.
Look for news about Path of Dreams, a film by Tamara Ruppart and Velina Hasu Houston: http://pathofdreamsfilm.com.
For other events, see below.
Cinnamon Girl, Book & Lyrics by Velina Hasu Houston, Music by Nathan Wang; Playwrights' Arena workshop directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera at Greenway Court Theatre, September.
Turbulence (formerly The Territory of Dreams), Pasadena Playhouse, Hothouse, Director: Michael Arabian
Tea, With Music, East West Players, Composer: Nathan Wang, Director: Jon Lawrence Rivera
USC Global Conference, Hong Kong, October 13-15, 2011, presenting on a panel, "The Power of Arts in Cultivating Cultural Landscapes."
Bliss at Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, as part of exhibit, "Posing Beauty in African American Culture," Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera.
Calligraphy in Chicago at Silk Road Theatre Project, August 25-29, 2011, Directed by Lisa Portes.
International Federation of Theatre Research Conference, Osaka, Japan, August 7-12, 2011, presenting Made in Japan in collaboration with presentations by Professor Mariko Hori Tanaka and Professor Eriko Hara.
Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, June 11, 2011, to receive the Loving Award.
National Asian American Theatre Conference & Festival, Los Angeles, Keynote Panel, June
Kokoro (True Heart), Directed by Tamara Ruppart, The Barber Theatre, Cunningham Theatre Center, Davidson College.
The DNA Trail: A Genealogy of Short Plays about Ancestry, Identity, and Utter Confusion, Directed by Steven Scott, A Concert Reading at Bovard Auditorium, Produced by Silk Road Theatre Project in conjunction with Visions and Voices Arts & Humanities Initiative, University of Southern California.
Guest Artist, Center for Japanese Studies, University of California at Berkeley, Japanese hybridity symposium
Bliss (formerly The Life and Times of the Tragic Mulatto), Performance Reading as part of the exhibition "Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present," based on Deborah Willis' book of the same title, Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera, Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California.
Calligraphy World Premiere at LATC produced by Playwrights' Arena and Latino Theatre Company. Director, Jon Lawrence Rivera. Dramaturge, Luis Alfaro. Assistant Director, Alison De La Cruz. Stage Manager, Jaclyn Kalkhurst. Scenic Design, Ann Sheffield. Lighting Design, Debra Lockwood. Sound Design, Robert Blackburn. Costume Design, Drew Bird. Original Music, Nathan Wang. Cast: Melody Butiu, Kevin Daniels, Fran De Leon, Emily Kuroda, Jeanne Sakata. November 12-December 12, 2010.
Hula Heart, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York.
Guest Artist at Bellarmine Forum, Women in Theatre panel with Beth Henley, Amy Madigan, and Ellen Geer, Loyola Marymount University
Guest Speaker, Directors Lab West at Los Angeles Theatre Center
Guest Artist, LATC Youth Summer Conservatory
Performance Staged Reading, The Life and Times of the 'Tragic Mulatto', Directed by Luis Alfaro, Produced by Project Remix, Asian Pacific American Student Services, El Centro Chicano, Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, USC Student Affairs
Production, Playwrights' Arena (Artistic Director, Jon Lawrence Rivera) in association with Latino Theatre Company (Artistic Director, Jose Luis Valenzuela) at LATC (Los Angeles Theatre Center), Calligraphy, World Premiere, November 2010, directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera; Dramaturg, Luis Alfaro
Production, Silk Road Theatre Project in association with the Goodman Theatre, The DNA Trail, March 2010
Staged Reading, Civilization, Green Beetle Reading Series, Hollywood, March 2010
Guest Speaker, Parkside International Residential College, University of Southern California, March 23, 2010
Guest Speaker, Culture of Peace Distinguished Lecture Series, Soka Gakkai International-USA, March 13, 2010
Guest Speaker/Panelist, US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange international conference, Tokyo, Japan
Guest Speaker, Artists' Roundtable, LATC Playwrights' Festival, January 2010
Guest Speaker/Panelist, US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange international conference, Tokyo, Japan
Research Advisor, Studies on Modernization of Classic Greek Theatre and Myth in Contemporary British, Irish, and American Poetic Drama and Theatre, funded by a Grant-in Aid for Scientific Research, Curator: Mariko Hori Tanaka, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan
Guest Artist/Presenter, Keiro Senior Healthcare annual benefit dinner, Los Angeles
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To contact Velina Hasu Houston by email or post:
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