Mieko Ouchi

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Mieko Ouchi (b. 1969) is an actor, writer, and director. She is currently Artistic Director of Concrete Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta.

Life and Career

Mieko Ouchi graduated from the acting program at the University of Alberta in 1992. She is one of the founders of Concrete Theatre (1989). In 2015, she was commissioned by PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres) to write the official Canadian message for World Theatre Day.

Residencies

  • Workshop West Theatre – Playwright in Residence – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (2000)
  • Banff playRites Colony – Residency The Red Priest – Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada (2002)
  • Banff playRites Colony –France-Banff Literary Exchange Translation Program Jeremy Fisher, Residency The Blue Light (2005)
  • Banff playRites Colony – Residency Nisei Blue (2008)
  • Stratford Shakespeare Festival – Playwright in Residence Nisei Blue – Stratford, Ontario, Canada (2009)
  • Faith Broome Playwright in Residence – University of Oklahoma-School of Drama, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A. (2009)
  • Banff playRites Colony – Residency Nisei Blue (2011)
  • Hedgebrook – Writer in Residence - Whidbey Island, Washington, U.S.A. (2012)
  • Citadel Theatre Playwrights Forum – Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (2012-2014)
  • NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival – Festival Dramaturg and Playwright in Residence – I Am For You (2013)
  • Banff Playwrights Colony – Senior Playwright in Residence – I Am For You and Makepeace (2013)
  • Banff Playwrights Colony - Residency Makepeace (2014)
  • SpiderWebShow - Thought Residency (2014)
  • Banff Playwrights Colony - Residency Makepeace and Mariam (2016)
  • Banff Playwrights Colony - Residency The Silver Arrow (2017)

Works

Playwright

  • The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye) (2000)
  • The Blue Light (2006)
  • The Dada Play (2007)
  • The Tofu Wars (2010)
  • Nisei Blue (2011)
  • I Am For You (2013)
  • Consent (2018)
  • The Silver Arrow (2018)

Translator

  • Jeremy Fisher (2007)

Director

  • Nami Namersson, The Viking Who Liked to Name Things
  • The Plum Tree
  • The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito
  • Are We There Yet?
  • Naomi’s Road
  • The Cloister (2007)
  • Smokescreen (2012)
  • Bello (2017 & 2018)
  • Consent (2018)
  • Concord Floral (2018)
  • Harun (2018)

Actor

  • The Guard (TV Series)
  • The War Between Us (Movie)

Awards

Won

  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Fringe Director for Slowly, An Exchange Is Taking Place (2002)
  • The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for her contribution to the arts community in Edmonton (2003)
  • The Carol Bolt Award for The Red Priest (2005)
  • The Betty Mitchell Award - Outstanding New Play for The Blue Light (2006)
  • The Betty Mitchell Award - Outstanding New Play for Nisei Blue (2011)
  • The Dora Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Routes (2011)
  • The Enbridge Award - Established Canadian Playwright (2013)

Nominated

  • The 4 Play Series at The Old Vic in London
  • The Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for The Red Priest (2004)
  • The City of Edmonton Book Award - Outstanding Book by an Edmonton Author for The Blue Light (2008)
  • The Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award - Best New Drama for The Blue Light (2008)
  • The Carol Bolt Award - Outstanding New Play for Nisei Blue (2011)
  • The Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award – Writers Guild of Alberta for Nisei Blue (2012)
  • The Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award - Writers Guild of Alberta for I Am For You (2017)
  • The Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award - Outstanding New Play for The Silver Arrow (2018)

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