Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker’s work centers on the development of an indigenous Hawaiian theatre aesthetic and form, Hawaiian language revitalization, and the empowerment of cultural identity through stage performance. Baker is also a playwright and the artistic director of Ka Hālau Hanakeaka, a Hawaiian medium theatre troupe. In the Department of Theatre and Dance she oversees both the Hawaiian Theatre and the Playwriting MFA programs.
Learn more about the Hawaiian Theatre Program at: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/hanakeaka/
THE KENNEDY CENTER MEDALLION OF EXCELLENCE - Presented to Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (May 2022)
"For her creation and development of the MFA in Hawaiian Theatre, her mentorship of indigenous theatre-makers, and for her daily active, practice of reclaiming the stories of generations of indigenous populations who have been repressed, diminished, or silenced. Dr. Baker’s transformative work shines brightly through the passion, voice, and aloha spirit of her students."