Stacy Makishi is a transplant from Hawaii who found paradise in Dalston, East London. Like a bonsai plant, Stacy is small but old. She has been making art for over 30 years.
A cross-fertilisation 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, Stacy 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 past solos for theatre include The Comforter, The Falsettos and Vesper Time, all of which have toured extensively in the UK. She also directs 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 past works
The Comforter (2017-18) Touring solo show for theatre commissioned by The Marlborough, The Yard, Colchester Art Centre, Norwich Arts Centre.
Vesper Time (2015-17) Touring solo show for theatre co-commissioned by Chelsea Theatre and Colchester Arts Centre supported by the National Theatre Studio.
Under the Covers (2015) Directed by Stacy Makishi and devised with Contact Young Company, supported by Contact, the Wellcome Collection and SICK! Festival. Toured to Southbank Centre, Battersea Arts Centre, Traverse Edinburgh.
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.
Love Letters to Francis (2009)
Film made with Nick Parish commissioned by TATE Britain and B3 Media.
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|7 September 2021||Psychic Encounter||The Yard||London|
|19 May 2021||Artsadmin Youth: Stacy Makishi|
|6 February – 13 March 2021||Saturday Night Live Art Fever||Creative Folkestone Quarterhouse|
|31 January – 7 March 2021||Church of the Latter Day Sinners||Creative Folkestone Quarterhouse|
|6–20 December 2020||Homeward (house) Bound|
|5–7 November 2020||Homeward (house) Bound|
|17 May 2020||The Promise||The Yard Online|
|21 November 2018||The Comforter||Word of Warning's WTF Wednesdays, The Lowry||Manchester|
|11 October 2017||Vesper Time||Glasgow|
|27 May 2017||Vesper Time||Normal? Festival of the Brain, Folkestone Quarterhouse||Folkestone|
|9–10 February 2017||Vesper Time||In Between Time, Arnolfini||Bristol|
|16 November 2016||Vesper Time||BUZZCUT : DOUBLE THRILLS at CCA, Glasgow||Glasgow|
|11 November 2016||Vesper Time||Compass Festival||Leeds|
|6 June 2015||#2DegreesFestival | Climate Couch||Toynbee Studios|
|6–7 February 2014||The Falsettos||Toynbee Studios|
|1–2 February 2014||Killing Time||Toynbee Studios|
|18 October 2013||Killing Time||Arnolfini||Bristol|
|22–23 June 2013||Instructions with Stacy Makishi||Southbank Centre|
|24–25 May 2013||The Falsettos||Chelsea Theatre||London|
|20 May 2013||The Making of Bull: The True Story||Chelsea Theatre||London|
|16–17 May 2013||The Making of Bull: The True Story||MC Theatre||Amsterdam|
|18 November 2012||There's A Hole In My Heart That Goes All The Way To China||The Pound||Corsham|
|13–14 October 2012||Killing Time||The Basement||Brighton|
|8 May 2012||The Making of Bull: The True Story||International Blacksea Theatre Festival||Trabzon|
|8 March 2012||The Making of Bull: The True Story||Contact||Manchester|
|1 March 2012||Midlife Cowboy||Toynbee Studios|
|11 February 2012||The Making of Bull: The True Story||Coastival||Scarborough|
|10 February 2012||Bull: Your Own True Lies||Coastival||Scarborough|
|24 November 2011||The Making of Bull: The True Story||Chichester Showroom||Chichester|
|5 November 2011||The Making of Bull: The True Story||Colchester Arts Centre||Colchester|
|21 August 2011||The Making of Bull: The True Story||Mladi Levi Festival||Ljubljana|
|9 June 2011||The Making of Bull: The True Story||Seven Arts Centre||Leeds|
|10 November 2010||The Making of Bull: The True Story||Chelsea Theatre||London|
|27–29 August 2010||There's A Hole In My Heart That Goes All The Way To China|
|13 March 2010||When I Fell For You I Fell Like The Bomb / Sleeping With Your Enemy (performance)||Stanley Picker Gallery||London|
|9 March 2010||When I Fell For You I Fell Like The Bomb (workshops)||Stanley Picker Gallery||London|
|22 February 2010||Telling Stories In The Dark||Tate Modern||London|
|1 February 2010||Around The World In A Lunar Day||Turbine Hall, Tate Modern|
|24–25 October 2009||Artsadmin Weekenders||Toynbee Studios|
|24–29 August 2009||Stay!||The Zoo (Venue 124)|
|11–13 May 2007||Bull: The True Story||Brewery Arts Centre||Kendal|