Tamiko Washington

Co-Founder / Artistic Director

Tamiko Washington received her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of California, Irvine.  Her specialization is Voice and Movement for the actor as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and in the area of Suzuki Movement.

 

In the late nineties, she created American Noh Theatre, a movement art form based on the traditional movements of Japanese Noh Theatre and Suzuki Master, Tadashi Suzuki.  She is also a Professor of Theatre at Chapman University in Southern California.

 

In the early nineties, she toured her one-woman show, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, throughout Orange County, CA, both Kansas City and Logan, MO and Independent Kansas to sold-out audiences.  The performances also received the height of recognition through excellent reviews.

 

In August of 2009, she was invited as a participant in the Master Director/ Designer Workshop with Ming Cho Lee at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  The national and international world renowned scenic designer Ming Cho Lee is a long time professor at the Yale School of Drama.  He designed over 30 productions of Joseph Papp at the Public Theatre.  Mr. Lee has been one of the greatest influences and inspirations in Tamikos directorial endeavors.

 

Just a year later, Tamiko was also invited to present a workshop entitled "American Noh Theatre, An Innovative Form of Theatre Movement at the International Conference Performing Arts Training Today in Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria. This global conference was sponsored by International Universitys  "Global Theatre Experience" (IUGTE) and the ArtUniverse Company.

 

Some of her Television credits include Co-Starring and Recurring roles on Vanishing Son, Silk Stalkings, High Tide, Pensacola, Extreme Blue, Kidnapped, and Two Voices.  She has also been directed by revered playwright August Wilson in his play The Piano Lesson at the Old Globe in England.

 

Tamiko is now the Artistic Director and a founding member of Actors Circle Ensemble and OC-Centric, Orange Countys New Play Festival.