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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 are most excited about work by and for messy marginalized peoples, and the pursuit of new work as a human right. Previously, they were a company member and Production Manager of Face Off Theatre Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where they co-created/instructed the annual Youth New Play Project and now proudly serve on the Board of Directors. Favorite directing credits include Fabulation by Lynn Nottage (FOTC), Kokoro (True Heart) by Velina Hasu Houston (Kalamazoo College, MI), and the annual devised project The Abortion Monologues at Kalamazoo College. Favorite intimacy choreography credits include Indecent by Paula Vogel (Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids, MI) and Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea by Nathan Alan Davis (Western Michigan University). Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, they proudly continue a lineage of storytellers from Siquijor and the Ifugao people of Banaue, Philippines. They are a Taurus sun and stellium, Virgo moon, Pisces rising, eldest daughter, and hot fries enthusiast. BA: Theatre Arts and Psychology (Kalamazoo College). ynikayuag.com.