Miki (Hirabayashi) Bellon is the Co-Founder of Contemporary Asian Theatre Scene (CATS) and launched it’s founding mission to produce the work of nationally recognized and aspiring new Asian American talent in the San Francisco Bay Area.
CATS was inspired by Miki’s passion for theatre and the dissatisfaction with the limited roles and opportunities for talented Asian American theatre artists in the Bay Area. By creating a threefold design embodying the Present, Past, and Future, she hoped to build a “home” where artists could explore their voice, refine their skill and contribute to the legacy of Asian American Arts.
CATS was designed to produce the work of existing and emerging artists; honor, document and share the cultural and historical experiences of our past; and to nurture and foster youth regarding Asian American theatre and provide future generation with opportunities to attend and participate in CATS productions and workshops. Under Miki’s leadership, she advanced CATS to be the frontrunner Multi-Cultural Arts organization for the City of San Jose.
Miki is now a proud Mom, Wife, Auntie, Arts Advocate, and Business Advisor in the Silicon Valley.
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