Roberta Uno

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Roberta Uno is a theater director, writer, and national arts leader. She is the Director of Arts in a Changing America, a national project on changing demographics and the arts based at the California Institute of the Arts. She was the Program Officer and then Senior Program Officer for Arts and Culture at the Ford Foundation 2002-2015. From 1979-2002, she was the founder and Artistic Director of the New WORLD Theater, a visionary theater dedicated to the work of artists of color, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Professor of directing and dramaturgy in the University’s Department of Theater. She directed, produced, presented, or dramaturged over 200 works at New WORLD Theater archived here. Her latest stage work is directing Try/Step/Trip by Dahlak Brathwaite, which received a NEFA National Theater Project award. Born in Honolulu, HI, she is a haumana of Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine and co-leads the NYC hālau extension, Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima o Nuioka. Her many publications include a new edition of the anthology, Contemporary Plays by Women of Color UK: Routledge.