Meet our latest Refocus interviewee: Sofia Dominguez, a Latinx actress and playwright! Sofia recently won ACT Theatre's Young Playwrights Program for her ten-minute play, "Estrella." Her play sheds light on the experiences of undocumented immigrants and their families; through this piece, Sofia hopes to dispel stereotypes about the Latinx community.
While, unfortunately, this play cannot be produced through ACT Theatre this year due to coronavirus-related health concerns, you can support Sofia and her work by watching the video below.
Our latest interviewee is Shree Balasubramaniyan, a South Asian singer and musician. Shree performs Carnatic music through NK Tunes and also sings in Vocalpoint! Seattle, an all-girls choir that performs 80s pop numbers at concerts throughout the year. Rehearsals are intense, with thirty-hour weeks before shows, but Shree wouldn't trade Vocalpoint! for the world. Check out the video below to learn more about Shree's journey!
So sorry for the delay in posting this video! College applications got away from us...
Nikko Johnston started out by acting in Red Eagle Soaring, a performance organization for indigenous youth. He has since gone on to perform in high school theater, 14:48 HS, and the Young American Theater Company. Nikko also participates in high school jazz choir. Now, as a senior, he's dedicated to using his power as an upperclassman to create space for teens of color in the arts. Watch his video below to learn more about his journey!
Our most recent video interviewee is Kaylyn Ready, a hip-hop dancer from the Westlake Affiliates dance team. Kaylyn initially started her arts journey with drama, performing in plays and musicals at her high school, Nathan Hale. She then moved to hip-hop dance in sophomore year, inspired by her mom, a contemporary dancer with her own dance company, Evoke Productions. Kaylyn speaks about her performing arts experience, and why she chose to focus on hip-hop for the past few years. Watch the video below!
We recently published our first video, featuring J'Dyn Plater! J'Dyn, a recent Lakeside High School graduate who will be going to Emory in the fall, has been performing from a young age. She's participated in many plays and musicals; this year, she is one of the National Finalists for the August Wilson Monologue Competition (hosted by Seattle Rep). We interviewed J'Dyn to learn more about how her race has affected her artistic career so far. Check out the video below!