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46 Merchant St
Honolulu, HI, 96813
United States




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Kumu Kahua Theatre Announces Two Job Openings in Administration and Customer Service

Donna Blanchard

Kumu Kahua Theatre now has two part-time job openings:

Office Manager

The Office Manager reports to the Managing Director and is responsible for maintaining office services and operations efficiently through supervision of office volunteers and interns, bookkeeping, reporting and maintenance of office records.  The Office Manager will operate the box office during weekday hours, utilizing the box office software and customer services standards, assist with publicity, marketing and advertising for shows and events, assist with production program and advertisement printing and mailing, and assist with other production and organization related duties as assigned.  Hours: 30+ per week.

Production Box Office Associate

The Production Box Office Associate reports to the Managing Director and is responsible for providing performance box office services for Kumu Kahua Theatre, including customer service, effective use of ticketing software, coordination with Stage Manager and House Manager, Usher management and financial reconciliation for each performance at Kumu Kahua Theatre.  Hours: 16+ per week during production run (productions run Thursday-Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.  Please see our website for full schedule).

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Donna Blanchard

PA’I Foundation, in association with Kumu Kahua Theatre, presents a 3-day Playwriting Workshop for island writers, with Native American playwrights Larissa FastHorse and Ty Defoe. The workshop – designed to serve writers of all levels, from novice to experienced – will focus on jump-starting the writing process, exercises for the imagination, writing from your cultural perspective, and practical tips for completing and developing your work. Think of it as a crash course in getting started!

While the workshop is conducted by Native artists and geared toward their indigenous perspective, participants of all cultural backgrounds – Native Hawaiian, Asian/Pacific Islanders and everyone living in the islands – are encouraged to attend.

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Kumu Kahua Theatre Holds an Audition Workshop and Auditions

Donna Blanchard

Open auditions will be held to cast the world premiere of UchinaAloha, the first show of Kumu Kahua Theatre's 46th season.  The show will be directed by Reiko Ho and runs August 25 2016 through October 2, 2016, (taking a week off for Improvaganza Sept. 22-Sept 25.).

“Da Pidgin Guerrilla,” Lee Tonouchi brings us a warm tale of generations of an Okinawan family in Hawai‘i. 

David Tamashiro resists his grandfather’s sanshin lessons until he has the right motivation: a girl.  A pretty young lady from Okinawa helps David and his friends discover much about themselves and David’s enigmatic grandfather.

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Kumu Kahua Theatre Presents a Generation-Defining Comedy

Donna Blanchard

Returning home after trying to make it in New York, Emily tries to re-start her life in Hawai‘i.  Connected to the world through every electronic luxury, her un-plugged fantasy life bars her from a reality that might offer her a deeper sense of relationship and humanity.

Written in a unique style reflective of our current trends of social behavior, this play could very well define a generation.

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