MFA (University of Hawaii), BFA (York University)

Colleen has been directing, choreographing and performing internationally for over two decades in shows of every variety. She has a BFA in Theatre Performance from Toronto's York University and an MFA in Asian Theatre and Directing from the University of Hawaii.

Colleen was based in Tokyo in from 1995 to 2001, where she studied nihon buyoh (Japanese classical dance) and noh (Medieval Japanese theatre). She is a founding member of Theatre Nohgaku, an international group which performs noh in English. While in Tokyo, she also worked as a performer, director, choreographer and acting instructor. She founded Kee Company, a group dedicated to intercultural, collaborative performance focusing on the Pacific Rim, which produced shows and performance events in Japan, Hawaii, Australia and Canada. She also worked as a voice actor, and can be heard on many video games, animated films and also on The Iron Chef.

Colleen is now based in Vancouver, Canada, where she is the Artistic Director of TomoeArts, a company that focuses on nihon buyoh and contemporary work connected the aesthetics of this form, and has choreographed and performed two dance-theatre pieces: Ten Nights of Dream created with composer/musician Alcvin Ramos, and The Komachi Variations which played in Vancouver and Tokyo). In Vancouver she was movement director for Pi Theatre’s The Eighth Land, worked on interdisciplinary shows with Indian classical dancer Anusha Fernando, and regularly teaches at various universities. For the UFV Theatre Department, Colleen teaches the upper level course Theatre for Young Audiences.


Colleen Lanki in The Paper Bag Princess


Most recently she created an outdoor dance-theatre piece called EN (circle/fate) which was part of the City of Vancouver’s Bright-Light project in the Downtown Eastside, choreographed a short piece for a production of MISHIMA Yukio’s kabuki play The Sardine Seller in Portland, Oregon, performed the title character in the English-language noh-play Crazy Jane in Bloomsburg Pennsylvania, and produced and danced in Odori: The World of Kabuki Dance, a fully costumed nihon buyoh performance featuring master artists from Japan at UBC.


Colleen Lanki in Ten Nights of Dreams (2009)


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