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Classes & Auditions

Money will make you famous; Television will make you rich; But theatre will make you good."
–Terrence Mann

Acting Master Class & Stage Combat Basics

Charisma Industries


WHAT: Free Kumu Kahua Theatre Events in the new Kaka‘ako’s Agora
WHERE: 441 Cooke Street
WHEN: June 9, 16 and 25, 2014
COST: Free
INFO: 536-4441,

HONOLULU, HI — Once again, Kumu Kahua Theatre will partner with Interisland Terminal to bring theatre classes and a performance to Kaka‘ako. These free classes and event are offered courtesy of Interisland Terminal to kick-off the opening of Kaka‘ako Agora, a new community space.

Monday June 9, 6pm-8:30 PM Acting Class
Acting is Breathing – taught by Donna Blanchard. This master-class in character embodiment will focus on guiding experienced actors to a deeper understanding of their characters on an emotional and physical level. Please come with a monologue ready for work. (level: some experience-experienced)

Donna Blanchard received her BFA from the Professional Actors’ Training Conservatory Program of Wright State University and has acted in, directed, produced, taught acting classes and coached actors in theatres throughout the continental Midwest for more than 30 years. Her Hawai‘i stage debut was in The Vagina Monologues at The ARTS at Mark’s Garage in April 2014.

Monday June 16, 6pm-8:30 PM Stage Combat Class
Essential Stage Combat for Actors – taught by Tony Pisculli. Hand-to-hand stage combat instruction with an emphasis on safety. (level: beginner-some experience)

Tony Pisculli is Hawai‘i’s premiere fight director and has been teaching and choreographing stage combat for over 20 years. He is a Master Teacher with Dueling Arts International and has choreographed over 100 productions including stage, indie film, opera and burlesque. He has received three Po’okela Special Adjudicator awards for fight choreography. He is also the co-founder and producer of the Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival, now entering its 13th season. for Kumu Kahua Theatre he has choreographed fights for Emmalehua, Othello, Island Skin Songs, Love Three Times and Who the Fil-Am I?

Wednesday June 25, 6pm- 8:30 PM Season Announcement and Stage Reading of Kumu Kahua Theatre’s 44th Season Opener, Scot Izuka’s, Shoyu on Rice, directed by Harry Wong III
Shoyu on Rice – in a stage reading forum, Kumu Kahua Theatre actors bring you their season opener: a local comedy by Scot Izuka. The evening will open with announcement of the 44th season of productions at Kumu Kahua Theatre (open to anyone)

Harry Wong III graduated with an MFA in Direction from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Thereafter his theatre activity has centered around the Artistic Directorship of KKT, apart from the 1995-96 season which he spent in Washington DC as an Allen Lee Hughes Fellow with the Washington Arena Theatre. His KKT directing credits include the world premiere of Apio’s Kāmau in 1994 and Kāmau A`e in 1997 and acclaimed productions, including O’Malley’s To The Last Hawaiian Soldier, Sakamoto’s Fishing For Wives and a revival of Kāmau which toured to the 2008 Pacific Arts Festival in American Samoa.

Kumu Kahua Theatre exists to encourage local playwrights, produce work of local playwrights and/or plays dealing with some aspect of local culture, and to develop theatre artists and the audiences who appreciate this work.
The classes and event will be held at the new Kaka’ako Agora space at 441 Cooke Street. Class enrollment is limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information or to reserve a place in the classes, call the Kumu Kahua Theatre Business Office at 536-4222 or email For more information about this and Kumu Kahua productions, visit

Kaka’ako Agora is a park designed for 21st Century Honolulu. It is the first project of its kind in Honolulu, designed by internationally renowned architecture studio Atelier Bow-Wow to create a dynamic space for our local community and an architectural intervention, where forward thinking, collaborative design results in a much needed, open and accessible community gathering space.

Open/Public Hours at the Agora, beginning mid-June:
9:30am – 5pm Monday – Friday
10am – 5pm Saturday

Who is behind Kaka’ako Agora?
Interisland Terminal is a Honolulu-based non-profit arts collaborative. Our mission is to present exhibitions and programs in contemporary art, film and design and to advance the role of the arts in innovation. We rarely work alone. These are some of the key partners and collaborators who made Kaka’ako Agora a reality: Hui Kū Maoli Ola – Native Plant Nursery, Kāne‘ohe; Collaborative Studios – Architecture Practice, Honolulu; Heavy Metal Hawaii – Custom Metal Fabrication, Honolulu.

Kumu Kahua productions are supported in part by The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts; also paid for in part by the taxpayers of the City & County of Honolulu; the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts; The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawai‘i, Trustee); Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) Charitable Foundation and Hawaiian Electric Company; The Star Advertiser; and other foundations, businesses and patrons.