Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence

Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence is a writer and director based in New York City, hailing from Washington, DC and Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

As a storyteller, she operates in the historic black F.U.B.U. tradition (shoutout to Solange)—and is more concerned with building our own house than with breaking glass ceilings (shoutout to Ava).

She wants to see full, complicated, difficult, and beautiful renderings of blackness on stage and screen.

She wants us to see ourselves.

She understands the urgency of this task. And she knows that this making—this seeing—is always political.

Let’s build.

Projects:

Holding: A queer black love storya play on queer black mental health, (in)visibility, tenderness, and resilience in the post-election moment

I, Too, Am Harvarda play based on interviews with 60 black Harvard students, a viral photo campaign highlighting black students’ experiences of campus racism, an intercollegiate conference on black student activism

Black Magic: a play about queer black college students coming of age in the time of Black Lives Matter

Renegade: an art collective and magazine by and for people of color at Harvard