Tammy Hailiʻōpua Baker – Hawai‘i
Theater Director, playwright, Assistant Professor, Theater Program, Department of Theater and Dance, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker’s work concentrates on the development of indigenous Hawaiian theatre and the revitalization of Hawaiian language and culture. As co-founder of Ka Hālau Hanakeaka, a Hawaiian medium theatre troupe, she has written, produced and toured productions internationally and throughout the Hawaiian archipelago. In addition to her Hawaiian medium plays, Baker also writes and produces plays in English and Pidgin (Hawaiian Creole English).
Baker’s academic work, including her senior thesis (Kaluaiko‘olau: Ke Kā‘e‘a‘e‘a o nā Pali Kalalau) and MFA production (Māuiakamalo: Ka Ho‘okala Kupua o ka Moku), draw upon her experiences using theatre as a tool for language learning and cultural empowerment. Aside from contributing to the development of contemporary Hawaiian theatre, this work makes important contributions to scholarship in the fields of theater, performance, Hawaiian, Pacific Islands and Indigenous Studies.
At the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa she oversees the MFA Playwriting program and is currently developing a new program in Hawaiian Theatre. Her latest full length Hawaiian language production, Lāʻeikawai, premieres at the UHM Kennedy Theater in February 2015.