Courses and Workshops

Available Courses (college level)
Courses often offered through the following departments: Theater, Performance Studies, Visual Arts, Film and Media Studies, Asian American Studies, Ethnic and Border Studies, Women and Gender Studies.  Special courses created upon request.

Intermedia Performance: Performing Borders and Liminal Spaces
An introduction to interdisciplinary performance. Course locates dangerous, questioning and precarious spaces in identity, memory and contemporary society.  Includes studying works by William Pope L., Ana Mendieta, Ai Weiwei, Luis Alfaro, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Yoko Ono, Marina Abromnovic.  Students simultaneously create individual and group works in this studio and theory course.

The Body, Moving Image and Narrative
Examining contemporary narratives in film, video and performance, locating the body as a central site for discourse. Close readings, theory and writing. Studying works by Merideth Monk, Pina Bausch, Coco Fusco, Wayne Wang and Rea Tajiri.

Narratives on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Students conduct close readings of works that move beyond the typical memoir or “identity story.”  Exploring poetry and narrative by Sesshu Foster, Luis Alfaro, Lê Thi Diem Thúy and films Thomas Allen Harris and Alfonso Cuarón.

Memory and the Occupied Body:
Individual and collective narrative, gender and the post-colonial body

Investigating works by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Ana Mendieta and the personal narrative embedded in the body; interdisciplinary studio and theory course.

Artists as Writers: Reading, Interpreting and Writing About Your Work & the Work of Others
Studying the works of contemporary visual artists, writers and filmmakers; finding language to articulate group and individual projects on the page and in class.  Includes grant proposal writing.

Teaching History 
Memory and the Occupied Body
Claremont Colleges (Pitzer, Scripps and Pomona), California, Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies; Artist/Activist in Residence (2012)

Intermedia Performance
Arizona State University, School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (2012)

Asian American Performance & Writing (Intermedia and Site Specific Performance)
Studio and theory, site specific work; Asian American Studies, University of California, Irvine (2001-2009)

Artists as Writers: Reading, Interpreting and Writing About Your Work & the Work of Others
Studio Art, University of California, Irvine, Spring (2001)

Performance Art Workshop: Performing individual and shared memory
Studio and Theory; University of California, Los Angeles, Dept. of World Arts & Cultures (2004)

Performance Creative Toolbox
California State University Summer Arts Program, CSU Fresno, Interdisciplinary Performance Art & Writing, Summer (2000 & 2003)

Workshops for Museums, Literary Centers and in the Community

Writing the Home (now available) – Investigations into memory and the body as sites for home; writing and micro-installations.

Performance and Contemporary Visual Art
Museum of Contemporary Art – Los Angeles, MOCA Education Department High School Apprentices Program (2004).

Make it Big! and My Body is My Home
Workshop for children (using paper mâché) in conjunction with the Timothy Hawkinson and architecture exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Rad Asian Sisters Workshop Series
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 18th Street Arts Center, Highways Performance Space, Electric Lodge,  an annual 10-week performing/writing workshop and presentation for Asian women and men (1998 – 2002)

Divination Bus #217: Writing, Performance and Mass Transit
Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Beyond Baroque, Poets & Writers residency,  an eight-week writing/performance course, focused on personal narrative, memory and objects (1999)

Three Rooms: Performance Workshop for Women
Highways Performance Space, three-day intensive course, co-taught with performance artists Nancy Agabian and Danielle Brazell, LGBT focus, April (1998)

Women’s Work: Performance Art Workshops
Highways Performance Space, 10-week workshop, co-taught with Danielle Brazell, performance series for women of diverse cultural backgrounds, funded by the City of Santa Monica (1997)

Oral History Interdisciplinary Workshops
Okinawan oral history workshop (2004)
Beyond Baroque writing and performance, as Poets and Writers “Writer on Site” (2000)
La Boca halfway home for women (with Sacred Naked Nature Girls)
Senior Oral History Project (1993)

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