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Classes & Auditions

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

Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker Teaches Playwriting at Kumu

Charisma Industries

WHAT: Playwriting with Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker
WHEN: 6 classes; 9am to noon, Sunday, July 14 through August 18 (see complete listing of dates below)
WHERE: Native Books Nā Mea Hawai‘i in Ward Warehouse; 1050 Ala Moana Blvd Ste #1000
COST: $120.00

HONOLULU, HI: Kumu Kahua Theatre will be offering a playwriting class for adults with playwright Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker, beginning Sunday, July 14, 2013. This class is suitable for beginners through moderately experienced writers.

This class will include writing exercises to germinate ideas for scripting, developing characters, crafting dialogue, and creating scenes to build a one-act play.

As a playwright/director Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker’s work centers on the development of an indigenous Hawaiian theatre aesthetic and form. Her work also focuses on the revitalization of Hawaiian language and culture, covering the use of theatre as a tool for language learning, the empowerment of cultural identity through stage performance, and the works of Ka Hālau Hanakeaka, a Hawaiian medium theatre troupe she co-founded. Ka Hālau Hanakeaka’s productions have toured internationally and throughout the Hawaiian archipelago. In addition to her Hawaiian medium plays Baker’s English and Pidgin (Hawaiian Creole English) plays have been produced at various theatres in Hawai‘i. In the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa she oversees the MFA Playwriting program and is currently developing curriculum for the new Hawaiian Theatre program.

The class will be held at Native Books Nā Mea Hawai‘i in Ward Warehouse; 1050 Ala Moana Blvd Ste #1000, which is on the ‘Ewa end of the warehouse, under the Old Spaghetti Factory). Parking is available in the Warehouse parking lot and on Auahi Street.

All classes will take place from 9:00am to noon, on Sundays, July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, and 18 2013. Enrollment will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

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

Native Books Nā Mea Hawaii and are community resources. Places of
pride in and respect for Hawaiians and the Hawaiian culture. Because of this pride and respect, Native Books Nā Mea wishes to share information about culture, language and traditions with those who are interested in learning.

Kumu Kahua productions are supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii 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 Annenberg Foundation, McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawaii, Trustee); Hawaiian Electric Company; The Star Advertiser and other Foundations, Businesses and Patrons.