» Tamiko S. Washington
Associate Professor

College of Performing Arts; Department of Theatre
Tamiko S. Washington
Acting, Voice and Movement
Office Location:
Moulton Hall 135
Phone:
714-628-7219
Email:
Education
Alliant International University, Bachelor of Fine Arts
University of California, Irvine, Master of Fine Arts in Theatre
Biography
Professor Tamiko Washington holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of California, Irvine.  Her seventeen-year history as an accomplished actor, voice, and movement teacher lead her to originate American Noh Theatre based on the traditional movements of Japanese Noh Theatre and Suzuki Master Tadashi Suzuki.  Her proven effective vocal methodology can be accredited to her extensive study with Linklater and Fitzmaurice specialists such as Dudley Knight, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Isabel Kirk, Dennis Krausnick, Tina Packer, Christine Adaire, Keely Eastley, Margaret Jansen, Lisa Wolpe, Adrienne Johns, and Louis Colaianni.  She continues to perform her (twelve-year) highly acclaimed one-woman show (Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, OC Weekly, Logan Daily News, Kansas City News) Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs (adapted for the stage by Deanna Sidoli and Kent Kirkpatrick) with help from the Irvine Foundation and Pacific Bell Telesis Foundation.  Her performance of the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet with Shakespeare Orange County in 2007 won critical acclaim in the Los Angeles Times.  She also has appeared in notable Actors’ Equity Association performances at South Coast Repertory, the Old Globe Theatre, the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Orange County, Stages Theatre, the Vanguard Theatre, and Pacific Theatre Ensemble, among others.  Her television credits include co-starring and guest artist roles in the television shows Pensacola, Silk Stalkings, High Tide, Extreme Blue, and Vanishing Son, and two Lifetime Movie Network films, Two Small Voices and Kidnapped.  She also can be seen in her supporting role as Anna Mae in the independent film A Few Breaths of Freedom

Professor Washington is a private vocal consultant in Los Angeles, California.  She is a professional respondent for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region VII, Circuits I and III.  In 2009, as a member of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company she was honored, with the company, in receiving the Margaret Hartford Award for sustained excellence in theatre.  In 2005, she was awarded the Kennedy Center American/College Theatre Excellence in Education for her work at Chapman University.  In 2004, she was the recipient of the Achievement of Excellence in Teaching from Chapman University, and in 2001, the recipient  of the Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, Creative Work, and Service especially for innovative teaching techniques and promoting successful award-winning performances at Chapman University.   She holds memberships in the Actors‘ Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, and VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Inc.).

Professor Washington’s philosophy of teaching includes three core principles for students in their quest for knowledge: 1) students must strive for excellence 2) students must remain teachable, and 3) students must “perform for something greater than themselves.”  These core principles govern her consistent approach to seeking, discovering, and implementing new and innovative techniques to ensure quality training in her teaching methodologies.

Directing Credits include: 
A new play titled Kvetcher in the Wry, Forum Theatre-Festival Arts (fall 2008), a new play titled Ode to Provence by Andrea Sloan Pink, Stages Theatre (spring 2009), Conversations Among the Ruins (KC/ACTF), Antigone, the Nixon Theatre (UCI), and UCI Undergraduate Scene Workshop (UCI)

Directing Credits at Chapman University include: 
Trojan Women, The School for Scandal (Oxford University Press approved adaptation for stage/publication by Tamiko Washington), A Night of Noh Theatre (Kantan, Hagoromo), He Who Gets Slapped, Ragged Dick (Neal Bell), Marisol, BFA Actor Showcase, Elizabeth Almost by Chance a Woman, Waiting for Godot (XXXV KC/ACTF finalist production), A Streetcar Named Desire, Atsumori & Ikuta (XXXII KC/ACTF finalist production)
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
In May of 2016, I was commissioned by the Chance Theater (Artistic Director Oanh Nguyen) to direct a New Play Lab by their 2016 resident playwright, Jenny Connell Davis. The New Play Lab provides new playwrights with an opportunity to develop his/her new play via scriptural analysis by critically vetting conflict, plot, story, and character development that ultimately results in a developed new playscript. The New Play Lab allowed Ms. Davis to develop her new play titled “Alice and Frank," a quintessential argument about the creativity of art between Frank O'Hara, the infamous poet and curator of the Museum of Modern Art in the 1960s and Alice Neel, the controversial American painter, who is also identified as one of the greatest American painters of the 20th century, as well as "a pioneer among women artists." . Ms. Davis' plays have been developed and/or produced with The Playwrights Center, ScriptWorks, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Ars Nova, NAATCO, Theater MITU, Articulate Theatre, New York Stage and Film, Shrewd Productions, and The Gift Theatre, among others. She has been a finalist or semi-finalist for the Heideman, PlayPenn, Seven Devils, BAPF, the Nicholl Fellowship and the O'Neill, has performed in theaters throughout Chicago and Austin, and appeared as Joe in Geoff Marslett’s Loves Her Gun at SxSW. Jenny's short film, Fatakra, with writer/director Soham Mehta, played at over 75 festivals worldwide, including Toronto and SXSW, and was recognized with more than a dozen audience awards and jury prizes, including the Student Academy Award. She currently has screenplays in development with Maven Pictures and Circle of Confusion. Jenny is a Core Member of The Playwrights Center, and a proud alumna of Ars Nova Play Group, UT Austin's MFA Playwriting program, The School at Steppenwolf, the Court Theatre Resident Apprentice program, and The University of Chicago. "Alice and Frank" was performed on May 26 at 7:30pm, May 28 at 3:00pm, and May 29 at 7:00pm at the Chance Theater in Anaheim, California.
In February 2016, "The Case of Conrad Cooper," the International Short Film I Co-Directed, received Critics Choice in the Shorts Showcase competition presented by KCVR Public Television and was screened in March 2016 for KVCR's Award Winning Film series at the at the Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City, California.
In the summer of 2016, I was the Artistic Director of OC Centric Orange County's New Play Festival. The festival's mission is to produce new plays by Orange County playwrights. This year's festival, now in its sixth year, fully produced four new plays for production. The plays include two full-length plays: Love All by Lauren (Lojo) Simon and Night Moths on the Wing by Kimberly Kalaja, and two one-acts: Kill A Better Mousetrap by Scott K. Ratner and Left Behind, Waiting by Joshua David Vega. The festival hired four professional directors, two professional stage managers , two student stage managers, five professional designers (costume, lighting, scenic, sound, scenic artist), three student running crew members, and sixteen professional an student actors (featuring Chapman's Theatre majors Lena Romano, Jeremy Howard, Andrew Gandy, and Chapman Theatre Alumni Sean Burgos and K.C. Marie Pandell). Actors Circle Ensemble (Tamiko Washington) and Eric Eberwein (Artistic Director of Orange County's Playwrights Alliance) produce the festival. The festival has become the premiere new play festival in the Orange County Theatre community. Joel Beers, a highly respected and recognized OC Weekly theatre critic states, "Some like to pontificate that it takes 10 years to firmly establish yourself in any setting. That, of course, is kind of stupid, since it didn't take Mike Trout a decade to become major league baseball's best player, and it only took Henry Vi eight months to become King of England--at the age of eight months. And it hasn't taken a decade for Orange County's lone theater festival that focuses on new and original plays from current or transplanted Orange Countians to forge a name for itself. Now in its sixth year, OC-Centric will feature two original full-length plays and two one-acts receiving fully realized productions during the two-weekend festival at Chapman University's Moulton Theatre."
In the summer of 2016, I directed the new one-act play "Kill A Better Mousetrap" by Scott K. Ratner. The play was performed in OC Centric Orange County's New Play Festival 2016 at Chapman University. Recognized theatre critic Jordan R. Young of Examiner.com wrote, "The one-act program is a treat. Scott K. Ratner’s “Kill a Better Mousetrap” concerns the longest-running play in theatre history, a chestnut of questionable merit perpetrated by Agatha Christie. It’s a wild ride that gives Sean Burgos the opportunity for a manic rant of epic proportions, with the director’s reins in the inspired hands of Tamiko Washington."
During Interterm 2016, I directed "A Flea in Her Ear," A New Version of Georges Feydeau's Farce by David Ives. This 208-hour commitment focused on researching and utilizing American Vaudevillian comedy to transform Georges Feydeau’s classic farce into a contemporary new version of riotous clandestine assignations. I also invested twenty-one hours to provide consistency feedback to actors. The production was performed in the Waltmar Theatre on February 19-20 and 25-27, 2016.
During the fall of 2015, I was invited by Dr. Theresa Dudeck to participate as a performer in the Staged Reading of "Katrina: The K Word" by Lisa S. Brenner and Suzanne M. Trauth. This Staged Reading was part of a nationwide Activism Project to connect theatre with civic engagement to honor the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Participants that produced/performed this project include Chapman University, Augustana College, Texas Tech University, the University of San Diego, and Walla Walla University in 2015. Casting included professional and student actors performing multiple roles. I performed multiple roles including the role of Vivie, the narrator of "Katrina: The K Word." The Stage Reading was directed by Connor Duffy, a graduating Bachelor of Arts Theatre Studies major, under the supervision/coordinator of Dr. Theresa Dudeck. The Staged Reading was performed on September 21-23 at 7:30pm in the Moulton Hall Studio Theatre, Room 149. "Talk Backs" with the audience followed each performance.