Soomi Kim Performing artist 2015 production of Chang(e) at HERE Arts Center Photo by Bryce Cutler
Soomi Kim is an actor/movement artist. As a performer and lead artist she has created a trilogy of hybrid plays inspired by Asian American visionaries, whose lives were cut short. Chang(e) (2015, based on Kathy Change, a political activist and performance artist), Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky (2012- adaptation of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee) and Lee/gendary (2008, based on Bruce Lee and 3 NYITA wins). All three shows were featured workshops at the 1st, 3rd and 4th National Asian American Theater Festivals and were directed/collaborated by Suzi Takahashi. Kim’s career expands from downtown and regional theater, indie film to live staged martial arts industrials. Soomi has been featured in The Drama Review (MIT Journal), Huffington Post, NYTimes, Timeout NY, The Philadelphia Inquirer, NPR’s WHYY radio, KoreAm Journal, The Korea Times and the L.A. Times. Other artist in residencies: HERE Arts Center (2012-2015), Mabou Mines (2014), the Hemispheric Institute (Performance and Politics, 2013) and Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia (2011 & 2012). Kim is a 2015 NPN Creation and Forth Fund recipient for Chang(e). Guest artist appearances include: Harvard U., NYC Asian American Student Conference and Oregon State University. Kim’s autobiographical solo show MLCG (My Little China Girl) was commissioned by Dixon Place (November 2017) in NYC.