theatre director | arts leader
SEEMA SUEKO grew up in Honolulu, surrounded by the political passion, groan-worthy humor, and inventiveness of her Pakistani father and a Japanese American mother who could read people in an instant, but was more interested in kindness than judgement. Their influence can be found in large and small ways in all of Seema’s work as a theater director and arts leader who also loves R&D and engaging new communities in the theater.
Seema currently serves as Deputy Artistic Director of Arena Stage in Washington, DC, where she drives the season-planning process, directs plays, oversees artistic programs and created the Theater Artists Marketplace. Her R&D work includes developing the Consensus Organizing for Theater methodology, creating the Green Theater Choices Toolkit, and researching the neuroscience of theater. Previously, she was Associate Artistic Director at Pasadena Playhouse and Executive Artistic Director at Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, which she co-founded in San Diego. She has directed and acted at theaters across the U.S. including Arena Stage, Denver Center, Ford’s Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, People’s Light, The Old Globe, Yale Rep, 5th Avenue Theatre, Native Voices, and Mo`olelo, among others. Her work has been recognized by the Chicago Jeff Awards, NAACP San Diego, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater, San Diego Craig Noel Awards, and the California State Assembly. Seema serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Washington Diplomat: Show Must Go On: Arena Stage Transitions to Virtual Events
American Theatre: Arena Stage Launches Artists Marketplace