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Ynika Yuag

By Steven Franco

Ynika Pocopio Yuag is a Filipino, Indigenous, and Queer theatre artist focusing in directing, intimacy choreography, and new work development. They center trauma-informed and consent-based practices, and feel most excited about works by and for marginalized peoples. Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, she proudly continues a lineage of storytellers from Siquijor and the Ifugao people of Banaue, Philippines. Previously, they were a company member and Production Manager of Face Off Theatre Company in Kalamazoo, where they co-created/instructed the Youth New Play Project. Favorite directing credits include Fabulation by Lynn Nottage at Face Off Theatre Company (Kalamazoo, MI), Kokoro (True Heart) by Velina Hasu Houston (Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College, MI), and the annual devised project The Abortion Monologues at Kalamazoo College. Favorite intimacy choreography credits include Indecent by Paula Vogel at Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids (MI) and Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea by Nathan Alan Davis at Western Michigan University. BA: Psychology and Theatre Arts (Kalamazoo College). They are a Taurus sun and stellium, Virgo moon, Pisces rising, eldest daughter, and hot fries enthusiast.
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