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46 Merchant St
Honolulu, HI, 96813
United States




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Kumu Kahua Theatre Announces Job Opening in Administration

Donna Blanchard

Kumu Kahua Theatre now has a part-time job opening: Production Box Office Associate

The Production Box Office Associate reports to the Office Manager 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, House Manager and 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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Request for Submissions: 38 Minutes Last Saturday Morning

Donna Blanchard

There have been so many amazing stories and perspectives pivoting on the 38 minutes during which we were under the threat of a ballistic missile... we'd like to ask our playwrights to write pieces inspired by that Saturday morning.  

Selected pieces will be used as an anthology for a public reading and/or Dark Night performance, and potentially a spot in an upcoming main stage season at Kumu Kahua Theatre.

If you are interested, please submit a maximum of 10 pages (no minimum) concerning that 38 minutes.  Feel free to go wherever you'd like with it.

The deadline for submittal is 38 days from today - March 8, 2018.  Please send your script, in standard script format, as an attachment, to with the subject title: 38 MINUTES LAST SATURDAY MORNING.

We look forward to reading your work!

Kumu Kahua Theatre Offers an Evening of Mystery to Support The ARTS at Marks Garage

Donna Blanchard

Kumu Kahua Theatre is coming to the rescue of their neighbor, The ARTS at Marks Garage by offering a mini-fundraiser evening of murder, mystery, food, drinks and theatre.

Guests will gather at The ARTS at Marks Garage at 6:00 PM on Friday, September 8th for drinks and pupus provided by Bethel Union.  From 6:30-7:30, there will be an interactive murder mystery game. 

At 7:30 PM guests will be escorted to Kumu Kahua Theatre where they will have reserved seats for the production of Who Killed Gilbert Botello? by Garrick Paikai.

Earlier this month, The ARTS at Marks Garage engaged Consulting Director, Donna Blanchard, who announced that the organization is experiencing financial crisis.  Ms. Blanchard is also the Managing Director of Kumu Kahua Theatre and coordinator of this event.

“I used to perform in murder mysteries in Chicago” said Blanchard.  “They’re always so much fun for everyone and seemed like to perfect treat to offer people who would like to help support The ARTS at Marks Garage.” She continues "let me be perfectly clear, the situation is dire.  If you enjoy The ARTS at Marks garage and are happy it's here, now is the time to find a way to help support it."

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Two New Summer Playwriting Workshops from Kumu Kahua Theatre Starting This Saturday

Donna Blanchard

Tali Ariav is an adjunct professor at the Hawaii Pacific University and taught Playwriting and Acting at the University of Guam. She earned two Masters of Fine Arts degrees, in Literary Translation and in Playwriting, from the Playwriting Workshop at the University of Iowa. She was born and raised in Israel; she speaks, writes and reads English, Hebrew and Arabic. Tali was one of the founding members of Orto-Da, an award-winning street theatre group. Their 1999 performance of “Meta-Rabin,” an original, collaboratively written and performed street theatre work, won First Prize at the Akko Theatre Festival in Israel, followed by earning First Prize for Street Theatre at the Chalon dans la Rue Festival in Chalon, France. In Guam Tali was a guest host for several sessions of a political radio show, “Beyond the Fence,” on Guam’s Public Radio station, KPRG. Her guest sessions focused on local artistic issues in Guam. In the spring of 2016, Tali was an invited guest playwright at Fordham University. She has specific interests in advancing political theatre and the voice of the indigenous playwright–in Tali’s case, the voices of maturing playwrights in the Western Pacific.

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