WITH YOU! is a queer sports rom-com about a college rugby team's love for the game and each other, brought to the stage via one woman's body. The newest semi-autobiographical comedy from award-winning performer/playwright Una Aya Osato.
New York, NY
Una Aya Osato (writer/performer) was born and raised in the East Village of New York City, where she currently works as a performer, writer, and educator who dynamically merges her art and politics. Una began her performance career at the age of seven, dancing with the world renowned Jose? Limon Dance Company which toured in the U.S. and Europe, and worked on television shows such as Sesame Street, Ghost Writer, and Nickelodian PSA’s. She also appeared on network television as a repertory member of CityKids, before going on to graduate from LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, where she was awarded the level one prize in theater by the U.S. Arts Recognition Talent Search (now known as YoungArts), and named a finalist for the Presidential Scholar in the Arts award. She was invited to participate in the Sundance Theater Laboratory, where she performed in Julia Cho's 99 Histories, and has since gone on to collaborate with award-winning playwrights, performers, and companies such as Taylor Mac (2009) and the Mettawee River Theatre Company (2013).
Since graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in American Studies, Una has been writing, performing, and producing her award-winning original work, touring for over 11 years both nationally and internationally at theaters, festivals, schools, community organizations, and prisons.
Una's love for fully embodying her politics in her art lead her to burlesque performance. She goes by the names exHOTic other and Norms, and has performed in theaters and nightclubs from NYC’s iconic Slipper Room to the bright lights of Vegas for the Miss Exotic World/Burlesque Hall of Fame competition. She is also a co-founder of the new super company brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque.
She facilitates workshops and trainings in correlation with the themes raised in her theater and burlesque shows, (such as “Full-bodied Storytelling: Loving Your Body & Finding Your Story”; “Political Performance: Sharing Stories That Matter to Us All”; and “A One Woman Show: The In’s & Out’s of Creating, Performing & Self-Producing Your Work”). She has taught for over 15 years at every level of educational institution throughout the U.S
In addition to leading workshops she has also performed at the following institution throughout the U.S.: Yale, Princeton, Wesleyan, Oberlin, Brown, Cornell, Swarthmore, Middlebury, Vassar, Bryn Mawr, Sarah Lawrence, Rutgers, Williams, Haverford, Brandeis, NYU, the CUNY Grad Center, Queens College, Brooklyn College, California State: Monterey Bay, University of San Francisco, Laney College, Mount Holyoke College, and Carlton College.
Una’s foundation in performance and popular education provides a framework that allows her to create uniquely engaging spaces for students to experience learning, where they often find new understanding of themselves and the world. Una's work as an educator is an extension of her artistic work, all of which explores and addresses social justice issues through embodying knowledge, performance and storytelling.
Una and her sister/collaborator Michi Ilona Osato were recently featured in a Huffington Post profile series: www.tinyurl.com/unaayaosatohuffpost
They were also featured in the “MSNBC Originals” series:
For more info: www.unaosato.com, www.facebook.com/una.aya.osato
Nelson T. Eusebio III (director) is a freelance director, producer and award-winning filmmaker. He is the former artistic director of Leviathan Lab, an Asian American creative studio. In 2008 he co-founded Creative Destruction, a NYC-based theatre collective. He has directed and developed work at theaters throughout the country, including the Public Theater/NYSF, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe, Playmaker's Repertory, and Ma-Yi Theatre Company. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and the Rhodopi International Theatre Collective, was a resident director at Ensemble Studio Theatre during the 2008-9 season and is a recipient of the 2009-11 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, and was the 2012 Phil Killian Directing Fellow at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has a B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine and an M.F.A. in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.
For more info: www.nelsoneusebio.com