Program Head, Theater; Assistant Professor of Practice of Theater
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BFA Drama, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Research Areas: directing, devising, new work development, live composition, design, music composition, facilitation, collaborative governance, producing
Tomi Tsunoda is a multi-disciplinary theater artist, and has been standing faculty with the NYUAD Theater Program since 2014. She was previously Directing Faculty and head of the Devised Theater Program at NYU, Tisch’s Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and has been a resident director and faculty at Vassar College’s Powerhouse Apprentice Program since 2006.
Tomi was the co-founder of multiple arts production and theater community organizations in New York City, including Breedingground Productions, through which she co-produced over 200 projects between 2000-2010. Her performance projects have included productions of classic and modern dramatic texts, new plays, devised works, and concert and installation performances, and have been showcased at venues such as LaMama, Ensemble Studio Theater, Lincoln Center Institute, and Brooklyn Museum. She has collaborated with a wide range of artists from France, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Lebanon. Tomi has been a member of the International Soundpainting Think Tank since its inception in 1998, and has pioneered using the language with actors in theatrical works, originating more than 100 gestures and gesture concepts in the language and functioning as a core consultant for interdisciplinary translation of existing gestures. She founded the Brooklyn Soundpainting Company in 2009, and is one of 17 people worldwide certified to train both performers and composers in all disciplines of the language at advanced levels.