Perform in English and Hoike in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language. Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language.
Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language.

Acting

We believe that an actor needs as many artistic tools as possible. The Acting program at UHM allows the serious acting student to study forms and methods from the broadest array available at any university. Actors can study a range of world forms: the Stanislavski method of acting for stage and camera, Hawaiian theatre, dance, puppetry, clown, Shakespeare, period styles, dialects, stage combat & weaponry, musical theatre, devised theatre, and a rich variety of Asian traditions  including kabuki, kyogen, and noh from Japan; jingju and kunqu from China; and randai and wayang listrik from Indonesia. Actors work regularly with the College of Nursing in the HealthCAST patient simulation program. Students leave UHM with the unique knowledge of how these styles and experiences intersect, intertwine, and inform the art of live performance. Nowhere else can actors get the breadth and depth of theatrical experience found in the Acting program at UHM. 

Degrees offered: MFA (Acting)

The immersive class training that you’re able to experience with the seasoned faculty and guest artists is unlike anything from my undergrad. Throughout my MFA I had opportunities to learn and study theatre forms from Japan (Kyōgen and Kabuki), South East Asia (Randai and Wayang Listrik), China (Xiqu), and Hawai’i (Hana Keaka). Studying these forms has made me a diversely skilled performer and instructor.

—Christine Lamborn, MFA Acting 2020

(PC Tracy Wright Corvo)

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HealthCAST is a beautiful opportunity for an actor to practice their skills in improvisation, storytelling, vulnerability, and commitment. I believe both actors and healthcare learners benefit; the stakes are equally high for both parties as each attempts to commit fully by either portraying the symptoms of a patient or adequately diagnosing a patient.

—Christine Jamlig Chang, MFA Acting 2021

(PC Lisa Keating)

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In the MFA Acting we are given the freedom to pursue our interests. I would never have gotten the opportunity to work on puppets or props or makeup or costumes if the department wasn’t structured the way it was and the faculty weren’t as accepting as they are. I’m really grateful that I had the opportunity to explore this side of myself during my time here.

—Emily Wright, MFA Acting 2022

(PC Tracy Wright Corvo)

 

 

 

Note: The former concentration in Asian Performance-Acting has been integrated into the MFA Acting, which offers students the flexibility to pursue their interest in Asian performance forms.