Seema's directing work is represented by:
Partner, A3 Artists Agency
SEEMA SUEKO grew up in Honolulu, with a Pakistani father and a Japanese American mother. Conversations about the arts, politics and community wove through her upbringing, stitching the tapestry of her core belief: theater is transformative and can contribute to building successful communities when we intentionally activate this art form for the public benefit. Now based in the Washington, D.C. region, Seema directs stage, film, consensus organizing and R&D projects and productions for theaters, think tanks, and the greater good.
Current projects include:
Germantown Plays Pericles, Shakespeare in Clark Park
Smart People by Lydia Diamond, George Washington University
Imagine a U.S. without racism, Mixed Blood Theatre
Field Advisor and Consultant for Management Consultants for the Arts
Seema previously served as Deputy Artistic Director of Arena Stage where she created the Theater Artists Marketplace, drove the season planning process, led the commissioning and new play development work, ran the resident artist program, managed the artistic development budget, staff and fellows, and spearheaded the Power Play Summit. At Arena, she directed the film Veterans Day 2020 in partnership with the Atlantic Council think tank, the world premiere of Sharyn Rothstein's Right to be Forgotten, revivals of The Heiress and The Price, and Lydia Diamond's Smart People, .
Other past leadership positions include Associate Artistic Director of Pasadena Playhouse and Co-Founder & Executive Artistic Director of Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego. In addition, she has directed or acted in plays and musicals at theaters across the U.S. including Denver Center, Ford’s Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, People’s Light, The Old Globe, Yale Rep, 5th Avenue Theatre, Mo`olelo, Native Voices, among others.
Recognition and awards include: SDCF Zelda Fichandler Finalist, Chicago Jeff Awards, NAACP San Diego Lorraine Hansberry Award, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Artistic and Cultural Achievement Award, Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater Artist of the Year, San Diego Craig Noel Awards, and the California State Assembly Shirley N. Weber Award.
Seema earned her M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago and she serves on the Boards of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. Seema has served as a panelist for the Yale Drama Prize, the Susan Blackburn Smith Prize, Creative Lab Hawaii, Playwrights' Center, National Endowment for the Arts, and other grants and prizes.
Interview: (January 11, 2021) Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts Art Restart Podcast
Broadway World: (December 30, 2020) Sharing Their Stories- An Interview with Seema Sueko
American Theatre: (June 24, 2020) Arena Stage Launches Artist Marketplace