Created by Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), Hmong Elders Center, Shades of Yellow (SOY), Wilder, and Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) and facilitated by renowned puppet artist Masanari Kawahara, Immigrant Journey Project, directed by Randy Reyes, explores the 21st-century immigrant experience using puppetry, movement, and masks. In this devised work, community members will perform original stories alongside theatre professionals.


imageMasanari Kawahara is a performer, educator and Butoh practitioner who incorporates puppetry, mask and movement into his work. His latest work as a performer/writer/designer was a solo performance piece Little Boy, commissioned and developed by Pangea World Theater’s Alternate Vision series, performed in fall 2014 at Pillsbury House Theatre. He was a company member of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) from 1998 to 2009. At HOBT, Masanari collaborated on numerous productions such as his latest production with HOBT is The Story of Crow Boy (2016). He also created, A Path Home: A Story of Thich Nhat Hanh(2009) which was chosen as outstanding puppetry by Lavender. He was the co-creator and designer of GOTAMA: Journey to the Buddha (2006), recognized by City Pages as one of the ten great sets/scenic designs of the year. Masanari Kawahara is a Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theater Artist Fellow (2010-2011).

Katie Bradley*, Eric Sharp*, Sara Ochs, Phasoua Vang, Xena Lee, Pa Lee Thao, Pa Chang, Cher Pao Vang, Sherman Her, Khin Oo, Anta Thosaengsiri, Tiwonge Kafera, Lya Xiong

* denotes member of Actors Equity
Randy Reyes
Lead Artist/Props Designer
Masanari Kawahara
Cultural Consultant
May Lee-Yang
Assistant Director
Cassey Kivnick
Stage Manager
Amy Abrigo*
Assistant Stage Manager
Ming Montgomery
Scenic Designer
Sarah Brandner
Lighting Designer
Mike Wagner
Costume Designer
Stacey Palmer
Musical Director/Composer
Kyle Legacion
Technical Director
Thelmore Jackson
Production Intern
Morgan Leigh
Production Intern
Ashley Yin Willison

* denotes member of Actors Equity