Mieko Ouchi is an actor, writer, and director working in theatre and film/TV. Her plays The Red Priest (Eight Ways To Say Goodbye), The Blue Light, The Dada Play, Nisei Blue and I Am For You have been finalists for the 4 Play Series at The Old Vic in London, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award and the City of Edmonton Book Prize, winning the Carol Bolt Award and several Betty Awards. Mieko is a co-founder and current Artistic Director of Concrete Theatre, an Edmonton-based nationally recognized TYA Touring Company, for whom she writes, dramaturgs and directs. She is currently completing a new adult play called Makepeace, which has received support from the Citadel Playwrights Forum, the Banff Centre and the Stratford Festival, starting a TYA commission for Concrete for teens about sexual consent and co-writing a one-woman play with a Syrian refugee, Amena Shehab, called Mariam. She is thrilled to now also start digging into Burning Mom, a new one-woman play about her mom’s journey to Burning Man with the support of Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, which had a debut reading at Fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre’s Walk the Walk Festival in Toronto in June.