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

Colleen has been directing, choreographing andColleen Lanki headshot performing ‌internationally for over two decades in shows of every variety. Colleen was based in Tokyo for 7 years where she studied nihon buyoh (Japanese classical dance), and noh (Medieval Japanese theatre) and founded Kee Company, a group dedicated to intercultural, collaborative performance. She also worked as a voice actor, and can be heard on many video games, animated films and also on The Iron Chef. She has recently directed Kishida Rio’s avant-garde masterpiece, Thread Hell for the University of Hawaii; co-translated Kutsukake Tokijiro (NYC off-off Broadway production); directed Shadow Catch, a new-music chamber opera set in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; choreographed MISHIMA Yukio’s kabuki play The Sardine Seller in Portland, Oregon, and performed the title character in the English-language noh-play Crazy Jane in Bloomsburg Pennsylvania.  Colleen is currently the Artistic Director of TomoeArts, a company that explores traditional Japanese arts and interdisciplinary performance creation.

Colleen Lanki in "Ten Nights of Dream" photo: Eugene Lin

Tristan Holmes & Qiaoer Zheng in "Thread Hell" directed by Colleen Lanki. U of Hawaii. photo: Chesley Cannon


Colleen as Jane in "Crazy Jane." photo: David Surtasky


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