Saturday, May 31, 2014
Spotlight On...Wi-Moto Nyoka
Hometown: Cuernavaca, Morelos/ Portland, OR
Education: UArts, Tanzhaus NRW, Life
Favorite Credits: www.duskydiana.com
Why theater?: It's my first love.
Tell us about Hero How To: It is the live installment to the online graphic musical series The Last Days of Kartika. Hero How To is a graphic musical prequel to a webseries that uses Funk, Soul, and Hip Hop music to tell the stories of the citizen of Kartika. It serves as the origins story of the would-be hero Dusky Diana, newest recruit to the on-going rebellion in Kartika, and is told live in a concert reading at The Brick's Comic Book Theater Festival. Check us out.
What inspired you to write Hero How To?: Many things, but mainly a need to create and to see diversity of representation and storytelling, in theater and other media.
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: What speaks to me is theater that works to tell new stories and create new archetypes. What inspires me is travel, collaboration, friendship, struggle, and at times, frustration. I also get inspired by laughing really hard and sunshine.
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Janelle Monae, Cee-Lo Green, Bryan Cranston, Dael Orlandersmith, the entire cast of "American Horror Story: Coven", the creators of "Game of Thrones", my friend Ayo, I could go on. I like making work basically.
What show have you recommended to your friends?: Whatever shows my friends and colleagues are doing/producing/writing. Yea..it's like that :)
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: I'd rather make a eight other movies and plays about something else, and cast artists who aren't always getting opportunities based on discriminatory guidelines.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: "Teen Wolf"
What’s the most played song on your iTunes?: "Hit Me" by Mystikal
If you weren’t working in theater, you would be _____?: Someone else
What’s up next?: Finding/conjuring the funds to finish season one of "The Last Days of Kartika", writing a musical for young audiences, finding an adequate survival job, sunbathing.