traci kato-kiriyama is an award-winning artist, community organizer, and cultural producer. In community, traci is the Director/Co-Founder of Tuesday Night Project (presenter of art+community series, Tuesday Night Cafe, now in its 20th year and the longest-running Asian American mic series in the country). She is also a steering committee member of the VigilantLOVE Coalition, working against Islamophobia and for safety through solidarity and healing initiatives. In career, traci is an actor and principal writer for PULLproject Ensemble, and has received recognition from several institutions and juries including two consecutive national grant awards from the Network of Ensemble Theaters. Their current show in development, Tales of Clamor, is both a call to action and an analysis of silence and the collective clamor necessary to show up for self and other in the name of solidarity, safety, and justice. Tales of Clamor will have its world premiere in January of 2019 in Downtown Los Angeles.
Recently, she was the springtime Teaching Artist-in-Residence for Grand Park and Arts & Culture Consultant for NeighborWorks America. She was the Artist-in-Residence for the AARC at Pomona College and was a guest lecturer for three years at Pitzer College, focusing on creative, counseling, and community paths in radical wellness & healing. Throughout each year for over the last two decades, she has toured to hundreds of venues throughout the country as a performer/actor, writer, theatre deviser & collaborator, writing/storytelling and ensemble performance facilitator, educator, speech & speaking coach, cultural producer, and artist-in-residence [Presenters include The Getty Foundation (L.A.), Skirball Cultural Center (L.A.), The Smithsonian (D.C.), The Ford Amphitheater Inside The Ford (L.A.), LaMaMa Cabaret (NYC), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia), EnWave Theatre (Toronto)]. Her writing and commentary have been featured by numerous print and online publications including Elle.com for Melissa Harris-Perry; The Hollywood Reporter; Entropy; Regent Press; The Rafu Shimpo; Heyday Books; Tia Chucha Press; Chapparal Canyon Press. Her forthcoming book of writing & poetry will be released by Writ Large Press.