SUN MEE CHOMET

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website: www.sunmeechomet.com

EDUCATION

M.F.A. in Acting
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, 2002
Chair: Zelda Fichandler, Head of Acting: Ron Van Lieu

B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology
Earlham College, 1994

Thesis “Adoptee Siblings: Sustaining Racial Identities”
Dr. Stephen Butler, Dr. Joann Martin

Ethnographic Study “Indigenous Theater Movement in Mexico: Building Community”
Mexico City and Oaxaca, Mexico, 1992

Zenon Dance Company and School
Minneapolis, Minnesota
student and performer, 1995-1999 and 2005-2009

SELECTED AWARDS

  • McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship recipient, 2013-14
  • Jerome Travel and Study Grant recipient (DPRK), 2013
  • Minnesota State Arts Board: Community Collaboration Grant, 2013
  • Jerome Foundation, General Program: Support and Development of How to Be a Korean Woman, 2013
  • “Best Solo Performance” for How to Be a Korean Woman, Lavender Magazine, 2012
  • “Top Ten Shows” for The Origin(s) Project: Memoirs in Motion, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2012
  • Minnesota Regional Arts Council: Community Arts Grant, 2012
  • Rimon Foundation’s Norman Ackerberg Travel Study Grant (Vienna, Austria), 2009
  • “Outstanding New Script” for Asiamnesia, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2008
  • “Artist of the Year” Minneapolis City Pages, 2008
  • Laura Pels Award in Acting, New York University, 2002
  • Sylvia Deutscher Kushner Award in Acting, New York University, 2001

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

Artistic and Teaching

Instructor, Playwriting and Acting
Stories Program, Mu Performing Arts
2006-ongoing

Instructor, Beginning Playwriting
Seats to Stage Program, History Theatre
upcoming March 2013

Instructor, Beginning Playwriting and Performing
Artist Residency, History Theatre
2011-2012

Instructor, Beginning Acting
Guthrie Theater
2007-ongoing

Instructor, Theater Games
Guthrie Theater
2007-ongoing

Instructor, Your Story: Memoir Writing
Guthrie Theater
2009-2012

Instructor, Beginning Acting and Playwriting
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent
2009-2011

Director and Playwright, Family Portraits
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent
Spring 2010

Instructor, Beginning Acting and Playwriting for QLGBT Youth
New York University
Spring 2002

CREATIVE WORK

Playwriting

How to Be a Korean Woman
Playwright and Performer
Director and dramaturg: Zaraawar Mistry
Named Best Solo Performance by Lavender Magazine (2012)
Named in Top Ten Shows by Minneapolis’ Star Tribune (2012)

Upcoming Performing Engagements:

Adoption Policy and Reform Conference (APRC)
Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota
November 2013
International Korean Adoptees Association Conference (IKAA)
Seoul, South Korea
August 2013

Past Performances:

7th Annual Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium

Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Conference Theme: “Ethnicity, Identity, and Hybridity; The work of the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Asian and Asian- American Playwrights”
February 2013

Rochester Civic Theatre

Rochester, Minnesota
January 2013

Asian Arts Initiative

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Artists Exchange
December 2012

Dreamland Arts

St. Paul, Minnesota
May-June and October-November 2012
presented as part of The Origin(s) Project: Memoirs in Motion, an evening-length pairing of two one-woman shows

Asiamnesia
Playwright and Performer
Director: Randy Reyes
Producer: Mu Performing Arts

    • Named Best New Script by Minneapolis’ Star Tribune (2008)
    • Premiered at Playwrights’ Center
    • Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • September-October 2008

Acting (Representative Roles)

Upcoming

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare), Director: Michelle Hensley
    Ten Thousand Things Theater
    Role: Oberon/Hippolyta
  • Elemeno Pea (Metzler), Director: Mark Valdez
    Mixed Blood Theatre
    Role: Devon

2002-2012

  • How to Be a Korean Woman (Chomet), Director: Zaraawar Mistry Dreamland Arts
    Role: One-woman show
  • Burial at Thebes (Sophocles, translation: S. Heaney), Director: Marcela Lorca Guthrie Theater
    Role: Antigone
  • WTF (Katie Ka Vang world premiere), Director: Randy Reyes Mu Performing Arts
    Role: True
  • Cowboy vs. Samurai (Golamco), Director: Randy Reyes
    Mu Performing Arts
    Role: Veronica
  • Macbeth (Shakespeare), Director: Joe Dowling
    Guthrie Theater
    Role: Lady Macduff
  • The Intelligent Homosexual…(Tony Kushner world premiere)
    Director: Michael Greif
    Guthrie Theater
    Role: Sooze
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare), Director: Joe Dowling
    Guthrie Theater
    Role: Julia
  • Asiamnesia (Chomet: actor and playwright), Director: Randy Reyes Mu Performing Arts
    Role: Anna May Wong
  • After 100 Years (Naomi Iizuka world premiere), Director: Lisa Portes
    Guthrie Theater
    Role: Narin Rath
  • 36 Views (Iizuka), Director: John Heimbuch Walking Shadow Theatre
    Role: Setsuko Hearn
  • 100 Men’s Wife (Jeany Park world premiere), Director: Suzy Messerole History Theatre
    Role: May Seen
  • Metamorphoses (Ovid, adapted by M. Zimmerman),
    Director: Mary Zimmerman, staged by Eric Rosen,
    Hartford Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis,
    Kansas City Repertory
    Role: Myrrha
  • Khmer Amerika (Avant), Director: Kym Moore Lincoln Center Theater
    Role: Phong
  • M. Butterfly (Hwang), Director: Robert Moss
    Syracuse Stage, Charlotte Repertory Theatre
    Role: Comrade Chin/Suzuki
  • Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare), Director: Patrick Page
    Shakespeare Sedona
    Role: Juliet
  • for colored girls… (Shange), Director: Kym Moore
    Penumbra Theatre
    Role: lady in red
  • Oedipus Rex & Oedipus at Colonus, Director: Ronald Larsen Courtyard Shakespeare Company
    Role: Antigone
  • The Three Sisters (Chekov), Director: Giovanna Sardelli
    NYU
    Role: Irina
  • In The Blood (Parks), Director: Michael Sexton
    NYU
    Role: Welfare/Bully
  • Red Noses (Barnes), Director: Christopher Bayes NYU
    Role: Sonnerie
  • Don Juan Comes Back From the War (von Horvath), Director: Liviu Ciulei NYU
    Role: Grandmother

Publications

Asiamnesia

  • Asian American Plays for a New Generation,
    Editors: Don Eitel, Dr. Josephine Lee, and Rick Shiomi
    Temple University Press, 2011
  • excerpt in Asian American Poetry and Writing
    Editor: Lee Herrick
    May 2009

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Asian American Theater NOW!” National Performance Network Annual Meeting
Performer, Asian Arts Initiative Resident Artist
Philadelphia, PA, December 2012

“Essential New Voices from the Midwest: Korean Adoptee and Hmong Theater”
Panelist, 3rd National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival,
Los Angeles, CA, June 2011

“The Other Side of Korean Adoption”
Panelist, University of Minnesota’s Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy
Minneapolis, MN, May 2011

“A Mini-Festival of Asian American Performance”
Performer and Playwright, Asiamnesia excerpt
2nd National Asian American Theater Festival
Minneapolis, MN, June 2008

“Chorographers’ Evening”
Dancer, Cara Krippner Company
Walker Arts Center
Minneapolis, MN, November 2007

“The Next Big Bang: 1st National Asian American Theater Festival”
Performer and Playwright, Sun Mee, You American Girl
Los Angeles, CA, June 2006

SERVICE ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Panelist, Minnesota State Arts Board, 2013
Artistic Ambassador, AK Connection, 2012-present
Panelist, Pillsbury House Theatre’s Naked Stages Program, 2011
Theater Communications Group, 2011-present
Actors Equity Association, 2002-present
National Performance Network, 2012-present

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