Soomi Kim 2013—2014 Artist in Residence


Soomi Kim is a Korean born, New York City based actor/movement artist (dancer, stage combat/martialarts, choreographer, former gymnast). She has worked as a company member with several artists as well producing, creating and performing her own work, almost always in the collaborative setting. She has created 2 original full length productions as a lead artist (developed in collaboration with director Suzi Takahashi) and is currently developing a third (Chang(e)) as a HERE Arts Resident artist. Her pieces are: Lee/gendary (inspired by the life of Bruce Lee, winner for Outstanding Production of a Play and Takahashi for Outstanding director at the 2009 NYIT Awards), Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky (presented at the 3rd National Asian American Theater festival in LA 2011 and Women Center Stage in NYC- 2012).

Chang(e) is a political theater performance piece inspired by the life of Kathy Change, a Chinese American performance artist who self immolated in front of the Peace sculpture on the campus of U Penn in 1996 as an act of protest. For 2 years straight Kim has participated in the Asian Arts Initiative’s Artist Exchange residency, where her work is presented in Philadelphia, PA. A workshop of Chang(e) was recently shown at HERE’s annual Culturemart festival of new work by current HARP artists. Soomi has been featured in KoreAm Journal, Asiance magazine, Kung Fu magazine, The Korea Times, Tsing Tao newspaper, the L.A. Times and has appeared as a guest on PBS's show Asian America, Art on Air radio station and on podcasts.