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Director of Stories


Sueko, along with this cast, finds the humor and humanity and awe in asking the big questions when we’re just small humans. And she understands the excitement and awe when you’ve got a piece of an answer that leads to even more wonderful questions.
- Mary Ann Johnson, Jan 30, 2020, review of Silent Sky at Ford’s Theatre, Maryland Theatre Guide

Whether working in live theater, online platforms or film, Seema begins her directing work with the questions: Why is this story necessary today? Who is transformed? Interrogation of each character’s arc surfaces a primary action which informs tone, style, shape, and a distinct and clear vision for the production. Seema pulls together expert teams of playwrights, dramaturgs, actors, scenic, costume, sound, lighting, projection designers and voice, dialect, text, fight, and intimacy coaches as necessary. She collaborates with each artist to optimize their work and elevate complex and truthful performances. Her consensus organizing methodology ensures each production is speaking to, engaged with, and informed by a diversity of communities that build stake in the project.

Please find below production photos, videos, press coverage and reviews of some of

Seema’s directing projects over the past ten years.

Veterans Day 2020, a filmed adaptation of the stage play War Words

By Michelle Kholos Brooks 

Atlantic Council and Arena Stage, Washington, DC

Available to view here starting November 11, 2020.

Welcome remarks from Adrienne Arsht begin at 0:54; General David Petraeus speaks at 4:51.
The film starts at 10:57, 37 minutes long, followed by a talkback.

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Creative Team: Virtual Multimedia Designer: Jared Mezzocchi | Sound Design and Original Music: Andre Pluess 

Cast: Shaun Baker as Nash | Jacqueline Correa as Amy | Ramón De Ocampo as Nate | Angel Desai as Emily | Justin Emeka as John | Brian Lee Huynh as Dan F. | Alyssa Keegan as Kimberley | Thomas Keegan as Danny | Brian Letscher as Chase

The 51st State, a filmed docudrama

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

Todd Scofield in "On Faith, Love, and Jesus the Revolutionary" by Dane Figueroa Edidi

The 51st State features stories from and perspectives on the protests following the murder of George Floyd. Ten Washington-based playwrights were commissioned to write monologues inspired by the lived experiences of a diversity of individuals in our community. Seema directed actor Todd Scofield in "On Faith, Love and Jesus the Revolutionary" by Dane Figueroa Edidi and actor Michael Glenn in "Michael" by Caleen Sinnette Jennings.

The complete film can be viewed here.

May 22, 2020, a filmed docudrama

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

Holly Twyford in "A Boiling Frog"

Dawn Ursula in "Joy"

May 22, 2020 captures one day in the life of DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ten individuals were interviewed by 10 DMV playwrights, from which they composed original monologues performed by 10 professional DMV actors. Filmed outdoors with new SAG-AFTRA safety protocols, these two monologues, "A Boiling Frog" and "Joy", were directed by Seema Sueko.

 

The complete film can be viewed here.

SILENT SKY  by Lauren Gunderson

Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC

January 24 -February 23, 2020

Creative Team: Scenic Design: Milagros Ponce de Leon | Lighting Design: Rui Rita | Costume Design: Ivania Stack | Sound Design: Andre J. Pluess | Choreography: Karma Camp | Hair and Wigs: Anne Nesmith | Dialects and vocal direction: Lisa Nathans | Directing Assistant: Katie Ciszek | Stage Manager: Brandon Prendergast

Cast: Laura C. Harris as Henrietta | Jonathan David Martin as Peter | Holly Twyford as Williamina | Emily Kester as Margaret | Nora Achrati as Annie

RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN by Sharyn Rothstein

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

October 11 – November 10, 2019

Creative Team: Scenic Design: Paige Hathaway | Projection Design: Shawn Duan | Lighting Design: Adam Honore | Sound Design: Andre Pluess | Costume Design: Ivania Stack | Voice and Dialect Coach: Zach Campion | Dramaturg: Jocelyn Clarke | Directing Assistant: Gregory Keng Strasser | Stage Manager: Kurt Hall

Cast: John Austin as Derril Lark | Melody Butiu as Marta Lee | Rachel Felstein as Annie Zahirovic | Guadalupe Campos as Eve Selinsky | Shubhangi Kuchibhotla as Sarita Imari | Edward O’Blenis as Alvaro Santos

THE HEIRESS by Ruth and Augustus Goetz

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

February 8 – March 10, 2019

Fichandler Stage – In-the-round

Creative Team: Costume Design: Ivania Stack | Scenic Design: Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams | Sound Design: Emma Wilk | Lighting Design: Sherrice Mojgani | Wig Design: Anne Nesmith | Voice and Text Coach: Jan Gist | Directing Assistant: Malek Mayo | Stage Manager: Susan R. White

Cast: Laura C. Harris as Catherine Sloper | James Whalen as Austin Sloper | Nancy Robinette as Lavinia Penniman | Jonathan David Martin as Morris Townsend | Janet Hayatshahi as Elizabeth Almond | Lorene Chesley as Marian Almond | Lise Bruneau as Mrs. Montgomery | Kimberly Schraf as Maria | Nathan Whitmer as Arthur Townsend and Coachman

VIETGONE by Qui Nguyen

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

August 24 - September 30, 2018

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: Jason Sherwood | Lighting Design: Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew |Costume Design: Valerie Bart | Sound Design: Andre Pluess | Rap Consultant: Bianca Mikahn | Fight Choreographer: Geoffrey Kent | Associate Fight Choreographer and Intimacy Consultant: Samantha Egle | Assistant to the Director: Bettina Mueller-Tuescher | Stage Manager: Chris Ewing

Cast: Lisa Helmi Johanson as Tong | Glenn Morizio as Quang | Melody Butiu as Huong and others | Brian Lee Huynh as Nhan and others | Jordon De Leon as Playwright and Others

THE PRICE by Arthur Miller

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

October 6 – November 19, 2017

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: Wilson Chin | Lighting Design: Allen Lee Hughes | Sounds Design: Roc Lee | Costume Design: Ivania Stack | Voice and Dialect Coach: Zach Campion | Wig Design: Anne Nesmith | Stage Manager: Trevor A. Riley

Cast: Hal Linden as Gregory Solomon | Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Victor Franz | Rafael Untalan as Walter Franz | Pearl Sun as Esther Franz | Ricardo Frederick Evans as Victor Franz (extension)

SMART PEOPLE by Lydia Diamond

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

April 14 – May 21, 2017

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: Misha Kachman | Lighting Design: Xavier Pierce | Projection Design: Jared Mezzocchi | Sound Design: Andre Pluess | Costume Design: Dede M. Ayite | Wig Design: Anne Nesmith | Vocal Coach: Zach Campion | Stage Manager: Kurt Hall

Cast: Gregory Perri as Brian White | Lorene Chesley as Valerie Johnston | Sue Jin Song as Ginny Yang | Jaysen Wright as Jackson Moore

THE FANTASTICKS by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt

The Pasadena Playhouse

September 6 – October 2, 2016

Creative Team:  Music Director: David O. | Choreographer: Kitty McNamee | Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Lighting Design: Josh Epstein | Sound Design: Joe Huppert | Costume Design: Shirley Pierson | Fight Director: Tim Weske | Stage Manager: Lurie Pfeffer

Cast: Philip Anthony Rodriguez as El Gallo | Ashley Park as Luisa | Conor Guzman as Matt | Alyse Rockett as Mute | Gedde Watanabe as Hucklebee | Regi Davis as Bellomy | Hal Linden as Henry | Amir Talai as Mortimer

Press

Los Angeles Times: Pasadena Playhouse tweaks 1960s’ ‘The Fantasticks’ for a post-9/11 era

South Pasadenan: Incandescent ‘The Fantasticks’ at Pasadena Playhouse

Broadway World: Forever Entertaining FANTISTICKS Receives a Sterling Production at Pasadena Playhouse

Video: Trailer

Video: Tom Jones Speaking about working with

Seema on Re-writes of THE FANTASTICKS

A SINGLE SHARD by Linda Sue Park, adapted by Richard Schenkkan

People’s Light, Malvern, PA

April 27 – May 29, 2016

Creative Team:  Choreographer: Jungwoong Kim | Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Lighting Design: Porsche McGovern | Costume Design: Moria Sine Clinton | Sound Design: Daniel Perelstein | Dramaturg: Gina Pisasale | Stage Manager: Kate McSorley Fossner

Cast: Brian Lee Huynh as Tree-Ear | Graham Smith as Crane Man | Thom Sesma as Master Potter Min | Jeanne Sakata as Min’s Wife / Ensemble | Jade Wu as Min’s Wife replacement/Ensemble | Jungwoong Kim as Deer/Fox/Ensemble | Greg Watanabe as Master Potter Kang/Ensemble | Kevin R. Free as Emissary Kim/Ensemble | Aaron Bell as Apprentice 1/Ensemble | Taysha Canales as Apprentice 2/Ensemble

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES by Josefina Lopez

The Pasadena Playhouse

September 8 – October 4, 2015

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Lighting Design: Josh Epstein | Sound Design: Cricket Myers | Costume Design: Abel Alvarado | Props Master: Marissa Bergman | Community Organizer: Victor Vazquez | Stage Manager: Jessica R. Aguilar

Cast: Santana Dempsey as Ana | Cristina Frias as Estela | Blanca Araceli as Carmen | Diana DeLaCruz as Rosali | Ingrid Oliu as Pancha

STOP KISS by Diana Son

The Pasadena Playhouse

November 2014

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Sound Design: Joe Huppert | Lighting Design Lap Chi Chu | Costume Design: Dana Rebecca Woods | Stage Manager: Hethyr “Red” Verhof

Cast: Angela Lin as Callie | Sharon Leal as Sara | John Sloan as George | Brandon Scott as Peter | Amanda Carlin as Mrs. Winsley/Nurse | Jeff De Serrano as Detective Cole

EXTRAORDINARY CHAMBERS by David Wiener

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego, CA

June 2013

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Lighting Design: Jason Bieber | Sound Design: Joe Huppert | Costume Design: Jeannie Galioto

Cast: Greg Watanabe as Dr. Heng | Esther K. Chae as Rom Chang | Albert Park as Sopoan | Erika Beth Phillips as Mara | Manny Fernandes as Carter

KITA Y FERNANDA by Tanya Saracho

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego, CA

September 2012

Creative Team:  Co-Director: Robert Castro | Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Sound Design: Joe Huppert | Lighting Design: Jason Bieber | Costume Design: Jeannie Galioto | Props Design: Jenny Fajerman | Dramaturgy: Taylor Wycoff | Stage Manager: Elizabeth Stephens

Cast: Cynthia Bastidas as Kita | Gabriela Trigo as Fernanda | Olivia Espinosa as Concha/Jessica/Chela | Melba Novoa as Dona Silvia

HOW I GOT THAT STORY by Amlin Gray

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego, CA

February 2012

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Lighting Design: Stephen Terry | Costume Design: Jeannie Galioto | Sound Design: George Yé | Props Design: Will Widick | Peking Opera Choreographer: Sainu Ma | Stage Manager: Elizabeth Stephens

Cast: Greg Watanabe as The Historical Event | Brian Bielawski as The Reporter

26 MILES by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego, CA

September 2011

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Projection Design: Marilia Maschion | Lighting Design: Chris Rynne | Sound Design: Joe Huppert | Costume Design: Jeannie Galioto | Props Design: Jenny Fajerman | Dialect Coach: Micha Espinosa | Stage Manager: Meghan Bourdeau

Cast: Hannah Rose Kornfeld as Olivia | Cassie Benavidez as Beatriz | Jacob Bruce as Aaron | Raul Cardona as Manuel

YELLOW FACE by David Henry Hwang

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego, CA

October 2010

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Lighting Design: Jason Bieber | Costume Design: Ingrid Helton | Dramaturgy: Taylor M. Wycoff | Stage Manager: Jess Slocum

Cast: Greg Watanabe as DHH | Brian Bielawski as Marcus | Albert Park as HYH and Others |Jacob Bruce as (NWOAOC and Others) | Michelle Wong as Leah and Others | Maggie Carney as Jane and Others

Seema Sueko / © 2020 

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