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An Interview with Seema Sueko as she leads her socially conscious and politically engaged Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company into its exciting eighth year of operation By Donnie Matsuda

Seema Sueko

It’s a good thing Seema Sueko rarely does things by the book. Her unique and unconventional approach to building her own theatre company has paid off nicely: the now 7-year old Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company is well respected and nationally recognized for its socially engaging work, its commitment to new theatrical innovations, and its community outreach to diverse and disenfranchised populations. Now, coming off a red banner year in 2011 (garnering The American Theatre Wing’s National Theatre Company Award and Equity’s Ivy Bethune Award), Mo`olelo is ready to launch its most ambitious year yet, offering a full season of three ethnically diverse and socially relevant plays. And still at the helm of it all is the compassionate, broad-minded, and fiscally prudent Sueko, who is proud of her past achievements, but at the same time cautiously optimistic about the future of her ever-growing company. Recently, I sat down with her at The 10th Avenue Theatre where Mo`olelo performs to learn more about what inspires her, what plays capture her interest, and what she thinks is the secret to her success.

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