Actor, writer, director and filmmaker, Mieko Ouchi received her professional training through the U of A BFA Acting Program. Mieko’s award winning plays include The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye), The Blue Light, Nisei Blue, I Am For You, The Dada Play, Consent and The Silver Arrow. As a co-founder and the current Artistic Director of Concrete, Mieko has directed productions of Consent, Bello, Paper Song, The Antyssey, The Early Bloomer, I Am For You, Smokescreen, Under Cover, Routes, Apples and Oranges, Nami Namersson, The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, Are We There Yet?, The Plum Tree and Naomi’s Road for the company. Last season, Mieko was recognized with a Sterling Award (Artistic Achievement TYA) for her work as playwright and director of Consent. Mieko had a wonderful time beginning her ASL studies this year through NICA. She is thrilled to be working with this talented team on this amazing new inclusive opera.