DAWN AKEMI SAITO, writer, actress/performance artist, director and Butoh dancer/choreographer has collaborated with major innovative artists performing her own work and theirs in the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America. She received the prestigious international Uchimura Prize, for her overall contribution to creating theater related to Japanese culture. She has also received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council. As a member of the Asian-American Playwrights Group at Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre, Ms. Saito staged readings of her plays Hatchi and Bobbi and Karaoke Above the Clouds. She has taught at Columbia University, New York University, University of Massachusetts, Juilliard, Bard College, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and international institutes and workshops in France, Romania and Italy. Currently Ms. Saito is Artist-in-Residence at Fordham University at Lincoln Center.