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Participated in BAPF46 Honorable Mention PlaySlam, a celebration of exceptional works by this year’s honorable mention playwrights, which took place live over Zoom.

May 7, 2024


EMALANI workshop

Stage directions reader and musician for Lee Cataluna's workshop reading of EMALANI, commissioned by Arena Stage as part of their Power Plays Initiative, Women's Voices Cycle.  Directed by Kat Yen.

May 3, 2024 


End of Play 2024 Mid-Point Check In - Panel Discussion & Mixer


Featured speaker on a virtual panel discussion + speed networking event with Prentiss Matthews and Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin.


Q&A discussion facilitated by Nate Cozens with several mid-career theatre writers on things they wish they knew when going into their first production, and the process of creating the first draft. 


April 18, 2024



Wedding gig. Kualoa Ranch, with Mango Season

April 1, 2024

World premiere of my full-length play, Beretania Snapshots at Kumu Kahua Theatre

March 28, 2024


 

Attended TYA/USA National Conference in Atalnta

March 2024


 

One Uddah Mids'ummah  Tour 

Actor, Director

Remounted the show from the 2023 Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, co-produced as Kamamo House and presented by Kahilu Theatre.  Played the roles of Paka and Pila.

March 2024


 

Volunteer Workshop Leader, Hawaii Thespian Fest 2024


I Want To Write A Play But Don't Know Where To Start And/Or I Don't Know What The Heck I'm Doing

Instructor: Sean-Joseph Choo


This workshop, led by theater artist, Sean Choo, will give participants some tools (and hopefully some confidence) to take the steps towards writing a play. Bring something to write on/with, some ideas, and a willingness to create.

January 2024


 

World Premiere of Super Aunty by Lee Cataluna, Music and Songs by me

Composed music and wrote songs for Honolulu Theatre's production of Super Aunty as part of the BIPOC TYA Superhero Project

December 2023

 

Kamamo House Playreading Fundraiser for Lahaina

Hosted a pā'ina and playreading to raise funds for families affected by the fires in Lahaina.  Directed a reading of Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl's Emmalehua.


November 26, 2023

Graphic by Leimomi Bong

 

Sound Designer, CRY IT OUT by Molly Smith Metzler 

Significant Productions, The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol

Fall 2023

 

8x8 Commission Source

One of sixteen artists featured in Shangri La's 8x8: Source show. This fourth installment of 8x8 brings together eight visual artists and eight performing artists based in Hawaiʻi to create new work inspired by their encounters with Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, & Design. Sparking a generative force to this year’s exhibition, the theme “source,” has been interpreted by these sixteen artists to produce commentaries on topics ranging from sustainability and ancestry to rising and return.

 Developed Fall 2023, exhibition from January to June 2024

 

Weaving a Narrative, commissioned artist


I was one of three Pasifika commissioned artists as part of Weaving a Narrative, a workshop series created in collaboration with the Übersee Museum (Germany) and the Pacific Virtual Museum Project (New Zealand) connecting the topics of meta-data, storytelling and community engagement.

Fall 2023

 

Director,  One Uddah Mid'summah, Hawaii Shakespeare Festival

Summer 2023

 

Played "The Trickster" character at a one-night immersive event

May 2023

 

Workshop and reading of my play the isle is full of noises as part of The Playwrights Realm's Native American Artist Lab

May 2023

 

The Kiln

Actor and musician in SONG OF THE EXILE adapted by Seema Sueko at People's Light.

April 2023

 

Sound Design, UNDER THE BLUE

Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Spring 2023

 

Attended Kumu Kahua Theatre's STAGES educational course for directors led by Harry Wong III 

Spring/Summer 2023

 

Hawaii Thespian Festival Workshop Leader

January 2023

Offered two workshops:

Generating Soundscapes for the Theatre

Synopsis:

How does sound amplify or distract in storytelling?  Workshop facilitator Sean-Joseph Choo will share his experiences, philosophies, and insights exploring this question, talking story about his compositions and sound designs made for productions here at home and in the continent.  No musical background needed to take this workshop.


Playwriting Basics

Synopsis:

It’s said the writer creates jobs.  That’s powerful.  But as Uncle Ben said, “With great power comes great responsibility”.  Workshop facilitator Sean-Joseph Choo will guide students thru core ideas surrounding writing for the theatre, with a local and global audience in mind, exploring what it means to use this writing power with wisdom.

 

Consultant for Center for Tomorrow's Leaders

Gave public speaking pointers with dramatic exercises and skills for staff to utilize with students.

December 2022


 

Christmas in Hawai‘i: Kimié Miner & Friends Tour

Musician on tour with Kimié

Winter 2022

 

Works in Progress Kamamo House Gathering

Featuring works by Tsuyuno Amos, 'Imipono Kalai Kane, Christina Leilani Campbell, and myself.

December 2022

 

BIPOC TYA Superhero Project

Commissioned to write a musical with Lee Cataluna for Honolulu Theatre for Youth

November 2022

 

Musician for dance concert for company 24-VII Danceforce 

December 2022

 

Sound Designer, The Chinese Lady

The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol

November 2022

 

Hapchang Immersive Art Experience

Created and performed an original movement piece inspired by traditional Korean dance and clowning, featuring art work by Lauren Hana Chai and Miryo and music by Dae Han.

October 2022

 

Sound Designer, HEARTSTRINGS by Lee Cataluna

Directed by Kat Yen, produced by Atlantic for Kids

Fall 2022

 

Kamamo House Works in Progress meeting

Offerings from Tsuyuno Amos, 'Imipono Kalai Kane, and myself.  

First public reading of my play the folly of icarus.

August 2022

 

The Playwrights Realm 2022-2023 Native American Artist Lab inagural playwright


Developed full-length play the isle is full of noises with mentorship by Rhiana Yazzie and Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl.


August 2022 - May 2023

 

 

Featured writer, premiere of short play, "tourist shell shock"

June 2022

 

Featured artist in Pan Asian Rep's NuWorks 2022 program, world premiere of one-person show, "i love my AAPI grandparents!"

June 2022

 

Co-producer, QASI Fest 2022

Celebrating queer art and community in Hawaiʻi with exhibits, installations, performances, a drag show, and more 🏳️‍🌈

Host, Kamamo House Short Playreading Festival

Funded by an American Rescue Plan Individual Grant and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the festival featured three short plays by queer/māhū identifying playwrights Tsuyuno Amos, ʻImipono Kalai Kane, and Sean Choo.  The plays were developed from January 2022 until June 2022, when the plays got a reading, with mentorship from Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl.

Photos by Mar Mizunaka

June 2022

 

Assitant Director, Blue

Opened May 26th, 2022 Kumu Kahua Theatre

 

ʻImi Ā Loaʻa

Deviser, Sound Designer
Spring 2022, Honolulu Theatre for Youth

 

Featured actor in Hawai‘i Nō Ka ‘Oi: A Sakamoto Celebration

as part of the Prime Time Series of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Kennedy Theatre

Playing the role of Toshio (Tosh) Kamiya in Ed Sakamoto's The Taste of Kona Coffee and Mānoa Valley.


Earle Ernst Lab Theatre at Kennedy Theatre
February 24-27, 2022

 

Musician and facilitator for the Hawai'i Lullaby Project 2022

Spring 2022

Sean participated in "These Sceptered Isles"  hosted by NY Shakespeare Exchange as an actor and interviewee.  The event was an exchange stories and views on identity, heritage, and mana (spirit), and explore how these stories intersect with the works and characters of Shakespeare's canon.

January 23, 2022

 

Original cast member, Polynesian AF, Honolulu-based Pasifika sketch and comedy group

October 2021

 

Mentor to Candice Sarangay, first Playwright in Residence at UH Mānoa's Late Night Theatre Company

Fall/Winter 2021

Sean premiered their show co-written with puppeteer Bonnie Kim: "Waves of Generations" , incorporating singing, traditional Korean dance, martial arts, puppetry and crankie box storytelling about their Korean grandparents and family members.  

Photos courtesy of O'ahu Fringe Festival.

Oahu miniFRINGE Fall 2021


Sean's ten-minute play, "kanpai kindness" (originally "dad & son") was featured in 

Reset Theatre Coalition July 17th, Episode 3

July 17 2021


Sean's new dark comedy, "tourist shell shock" was accepted to be a part of The Skeleton Rep(resents) Salon Series. 

Spring/Summer 2021

A dark, abstract, twist on the Japanese fairy tale Urashima Tarō, "tourist shell shock" is a short play that reimagines the tale as a frame for the relationship of tourists and residents in Hawai'i.

A few developmental meetings, notes, and finally a live reading were a part of this process.


Commissioned by TheaterWorksUSA, Sean contributed his storycrafting and music-making skills to TWUSA's Who Tells Your Story? series, featuring BIPOC songwriters creating new songs about BIPOC historymakers.  Currently streaming on TWUSA.TV, "Think Mink!" is an HTY Digital Production, created in association with Making Waves Films.


Additionally, Sean also moderated a panel for TWUSA with Kimberlee Bassford (documentary filmmaker, Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority) and Calvin Taumra (a puppeteer and artist who is also Patsy Mink’s cousin), and a few young kid friends of HTY.

Spring 2021



 

Assistant Directing the world premiere of Susan Soon He Stanton's Untitled TMT Project at Kumu Kahua Theatre

Spring/Summer 2021

Sean is excited to help take on interpreting this play of this timely topic, with director Harry Wong III, artistic director of Kumu Kahua Theatre.  Opening June 10th, 2021.

 

Just finished the inaugural 

CREATIVE LAB HAWAI'I Playwrights Immersive

April 26th to April 30th, 2021

Sean was one of three playwrights selected to participate in this immersive, getting valuable one-on-one coaching from Chay Yew, Susan Stanton, and more.

 

Co-produced the CREATIVE LAB Short-Plays Reading Festival, premiere of For Duque

April 24th, 2021

 Sean co-produced this online festival with playwrights from across the state of Hawai'i, including actors and directors from across the archipelago.  He premiered his play, For Duque, written in honor of his uncle, Douglas Paul "Sean Duque" Maligro.

 

 

 

Wrote a new one-act for 24-hour play fest

April 18th, 2021

Presented by Nothing Without a Company and Kumu Kahua Theatre, Sean wrote BAD TRIP BISHES for a twenty-four hour play fest, produced on Zoom, collaborating with artists from Hawai`i and Chicago.

 Composed music for filmed theatre piece.

April 15, 2021

Sean joyfully set words to music and made underscoring for Hawai`i Pacific University Theatre's production of Finegan Kruckeymer's fantastic play Where Words Once Were, directed by Alex Munro, with video production support by Brodie Kinder.