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 Literary Arts - Crime Fiction Residency (2016)
  • Banff Playwrights Colony - Residency Makepeace and Mariam (2016)
  • Banff Leighton Colony - Canada... It's Complicated (2017)
  • Banff Playwrights Colony - Residency The Silver Arrow (2017)
  • Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre - Playwright in Residence - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (2018/2019)

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)
  • Burning Mom (2019)

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)
  • I Am For You (2013)
  • The Tashme Project (2015)
  • Bello (2017 & 2018)
  • Consent (2018)
  • Paper Song (2018)
  • Concord Floral (2018)
  • Harun (2018)
  • CTRl ALT DEL (2019)
  • The Antyssey (2015 & 2019)
  • Songs My Mother Never Sung Me (2019) Co-Director
  • After Juliet (2019)

Actor

  • The Guard (TV Series)
  • For The Love of the Child (TV Movie)
  • Trouser Accidents (Dramatic Short)
  • The Orange Seed Myth and Other Lies Mothers Tell (TV Pilot)
  • Silent Cradle (TV Movie)
  • Two (TV Series)
  • The War Between Us (Movie)

Filmmaker

  • Minor Keys (TV Documentary)
  • Assembly (Dramatic Short)
  • Samurai Swing (Dramatic Short)
  • By This Parting (Experimental Short)
  • Shepherd's Pie and Sushi (TV Documentary)

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)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for I Am For You (2014)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences for Consent (2018)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Artistic Achievement TYA - playwright/director for Consent (2018)

Nominated

  • The 4 Play Series at The Old Vic in London
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding New Play for The Red Priest (2003)
  • The Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award - Writers Guild of Alberta for The Red Priest (2004)
  • The Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for The Red Priest (2004)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding New Play for The Blue Light (2006)
  • The City of Edmonton Book Award - Outstanding Book by an Edmonton Author for The Blue Light (2008)
  • The Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award - Writers Guild of Alberta 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 Sterling Award - Outstanding New Play for The Silver Arrow (2018)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Fringe Director for Concord Floral (2019)
  • The Sterling Award - Outstanding Artistic Achievement in TYA - director - CTRL ALT DEL (2019)

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