Alison De La Cruz

Alison M. De La Cruz is a multi-disciplinary theater artist, facilitator, producer, and cultural space maker living in Los Angeles, CA. De La Cruz’s original performance work has been presented at venues around the country including: the Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA; Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, PA and the Smithsonian American History Museum in Washington, DC. Her written work has been included in such anthologies as: Completely Mixed Up: Mixed Heritage Asian North American Writing and Arts (Rabbit Fool Press 2015); Coming Home to a Landscape (Calyx Books, 2003) and In our blood: Filipina/o Spoken Word and Poetry From Los Angeles (LA ENKANTO Collective, 2000). De La Cruz is the Director of Performing Arts and Community Engagement at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.

Updated September 2016

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Catching Up With Tad Nakamura

I had a chance to sit down and talk with filmmaker Tad Nakamura about his newest documentary Mele Murals and its L.A. Premiere, co-presented by the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and Visual Communications at the Aratani Theatre on August 5, 2016.

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Alison De La Cruz (AD): Can you tell me what was the biggest surprise or learning moment for you on the Mele Murals documentary?

Tad Nakamura (TN): Sure. This project was the first time I really worked with people within the current movement to revive Hawaiian language and culture. As a student in Asian American Studies, and ...

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