SUN MEE CHOMET (playwright/actor, “How to Be a Korean Woman”) is a St. Paul-based actor, dancer and playwright. As an actor, Sun Mee has worked with the Guthrie Theater (The Burial at Thebes, Macbeth, Tony Kushner’s world premiere: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Naomi Iizuka’s world premiere: After 100 Years); Mu Performing Arts (WTF, Cowboy vs. Samurai, Asiamnesia, Circle Around the Island, Mask Dance); History Theater (100 Men’s Wife); and many other theaters locally and nationally. In 2008, Sun Mee’s first play, Asiamnesia, was voted Best New Script by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and she was chosen as one of City Pages’ Artists of the Year. Asiamnesia was recently published in the anthology: Asian American Plays for a New Generation.
KATIE HAE LEO (playwright/actor, “N/A”) is a playwright, poet, essayist, and performer whose work has appeared in journals such as Asian American Literary Review, Water~Stone Review, Kartika Review, Asian American Poetry & Writing, and Midway Journal. Her available chapbook, Attempts at Location, was a finalist for the Tupelo Press Snowbound Award and is through Finishing Line Press. Her produced plays include Four Destinies (Mu Performing Arts), Bride/price (with MaMa mOsAiC) and adaptations of Baseball Saved Us and A Single Shard (Stages Theatre Company). Her solo performance pieces include N/A, which debuted at Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, and Cane Girl, a humorous piece about disability. She has received The Academy of American Poets James Wright Prize and a Gesell Award for nonfiction, as well as support from The Loft Literary Center and MN State Arts Board. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota.
ZARAAWAR MISTRY (director and dramaturg) Born in India, Zaraawar Mistry is an actor, writer, director, teacher and producer in the Twin Cities. He was co-founder of the Center for Independent Artists (2001-2005), and an Associate Artistic Director at Theater Mu (1997-1999). His one man play Sohrab and Rustum was selected by City Pages as one of the year’s 10 Best in 2002. His play Indian Cowboy, also a solo performance, was presented at Mixed Blood Theater in January 2006 and selected as “Outstanding experimental theater work” in the Star Tribune‘s Best of Twin Cities theater in 2006, and has been published in Asian American Plays for a New Generation. Both plays have been presented at Asia Society in New York and at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston. Zaraawar regularly performs a storytelling program Children’s Stories from India at schools and libraries in the Twin Cities. His newest solo play, The Other Mr. Gandhi, premiered at Dreamland Arts earlier this year and was presented as part of Illusion Theater’s Fresh Ink series in July. Zaraawar has an M.F.A. in Theatre from UC, San Diego and a B.A. from Bennington College in Vermont.
BRI HEU (musician, “How to Be a Korean Woman”) is excited to be a part of The Origin(s) Project: Memoirs in Motion at Dreamland Arts a second time around. She recently took part in Mu Performing Arts’ production of Into the Woods this past summer and is currently studying Marketing and Advertising at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She still plans to act and perform locally, though, because she can’t seem to get away from theater.
EMMA HYEONJIN VALENTINE (tech assistance) is excited to be a apart of this project after seeing it last year. Emma is a graduate of the Perpich Center for Arts Education and received a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota. She has worked with Mu Performing Arts for the last 5 years: Taiko Fash (SM), New Eyes Festival (playwrite), Soul of the Drum (Mu Daiko intern), Little Shop of Horrors (ASM), WTF (sound board), Flower Drum Song (ASM), Taiko Party (SM), Ching Chong Chinaman (ASM), Under the Porcelin Mask (sound board), Q&A (ASM), Walleye Kid: The Musical! (costume intern). Six Elements Theatre: Valhalla Tales from the Hall of Heros (Ass. Dir.). Seoul Players (South Korea): 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (ASM). U of MN with student group Tongues Untied: Fierce Love (dir. Harry Waters Jr.)