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Scott Keoni Shigeoka

I’m an artist, storyteller and creative producer. My art enables people to confront their fears, lean into tensions and counter stereotypes. It often engages with my identities as a queer, Asian and Hawaiʻi-born man.

I directed and wrote Second Chance, an immersive theater piece that used creative technology and live performances to help participants face death. I founded Saga Fest, a multi-day arts and music experience on a farm in Iceland. I also ran a community arts space in Oakland, contributed music stories for The Washington Post, and have performed poetry on stages worldwide.

My forthcoming book focuses on my two-year road trip across the United States conversing with people across social and political divides. From small towns in the South to big cities in the Midwest, I’m trying to uncover how to bridge our differences.

I’ve been awarded fellowships and funding from Fulbright, the Sundance Institute, U.C. Berkeley, MTV Networks, the Rauschenberg Foundation and National Arts Strategies. My work has been highlighted by publications like Variety Magazine, KQED and The Atlantic.

I’ve collaborated with organizations like Airbnb, Facebook, Mozilla, IDEO, Meow Wolf, the Hewlett Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, and the National Geographic Society. I studied multimedia storytelling at Washington State University, Maine College of Art and the University of Montana. I’ve also taken courses on creative coding.