Stacy Makishi

Stacy Makishi is a transplant from Hawaii. Like a bonsai plant, Stacy is small but old. She has been making art for over 30 years. A cross-fertilization of theatre, comedy, film and visual art, her work is as complex as it is accessible; humorous as it is challenging; visual as it is literate. It ranges across solo performances for stage, large-scale outdoor participatory projects and intimate one-to-ones. Also a teacher, director and mentor in international demand, Makishi believes in art’s transformative power and strives to share her creative process with others in order to put more aloha into the world.

Her recent solos for theatre include the trilogy Making Bull, The Falsettos and Vesper Time, all of which have toured extensively in the UK. She has recently developed a new strand directing devised works, notably with Contact Manchester Young Company. Commissioned by Contact as a performance response to the Wellcome Collection’s 2015 exhibition Sexology, Under the Covers examined young people’s attitudes to sex, questioning myths and breaking down taboos. Initial performances at Contact were followed by Southbank Centre and the Traverse Edinburgh.

"I wasn't expecting such a delicate and sophisticated piece of work. It left me deeply moved; humbled by the willing transparency of the performers to tell their truth with humour and sometimes bewilderment. I can be afraid for newer generations; how in the midst of this hyper sexualised society with its expectations and assumptions, will they find their way? I wept at the end of their performance in relief and pride. It seems, we're going to be okay."
– Dr. Rachel Morris, Sex Therapist and broadcaster

Stacy has since made a second piece with Contact, this time with their international exchange project for young people. 

Selected recent work

The Falsettos (2013 – 14)
Solo show for theatre co-commissioned by Chelsea Theatre, Colchester Arts Centre and The Basement which toured the UK and to BRUT, Vienna.

The Making of Bull: The True Story (2010 - 13)
Solo show for theatre which toured to New York, Turkey, Slovenia, Austria, The Netherlands and around the UK

And The Stars Down So Close (2012)
Large-scale participatory work with an audio walk and installation on and around Newington Green, London

Skin (2012)
A Body Pods audio piece with dermatologist Michael Klaber commissioned by Fuel and the Wellcome Trust

When I Fell For You I Fell Like The Bomb (2010)
Performance for LOUDER THAN BOMBS at Stanley Picker Gallery

Love Letters to Francis (2009)
Film made with Nick Parish commissioned by TATE Britain and B3 Media

Around The World In A Lunar Day (2009)
An elegiac tale of love, loss and moonlight performed in Poet in the City at Southbank Centre

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