This is part of a series about our 2016 Emerging Artists. They will perform selections from three powerful plays by Black women, August 5-7, for Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Showcase. Join us for this free show! LEARN MORE.

Maile Wong | Actor

Q: How did you first get involved with theatre?
A: I first got involved with theatre in elementary school taking classes and performing in school plays.  I always loved it, but also always thought theatre was temporary. Ill stop doing theatre in high schoolIll stop doing theatre in college Ill stop doing theatre after college.  I did not even declare a theatre major in college until the last possible day my senior year! What is inescapably and almost comically clear now, is that theatre is not only a lifelong passion but also the central focus of my professional life!

Q: Why is theatre important to you?
A: As an individual, theatre draws on all the elements of my background — the student, the athlete, the artist — and pushes the boundaries of my intellect, my body, my compassion, and my spirit.  As a community, theatre brings people together, inspires dialogue about the nature of the human experience, and provides an opportunity to practice compassion for others.  What could be better?!

Q: What excites you about the Emerging Artist Program?
A: Yesterday, I wrote in my journal, “it is inescapably, stupidly, and obviously clear to me that I couldn’t possibly be doing more important work at IEAP this summer.  Black Super Hero Magic Mama is a vitally important piece of art.  It is an honor and a humbling experience to work on it.  I am so grateful to be able to help tell this story.  Art, and theatre at it’s best serves to bring communities together, to start and facilitate difficult discussions, and even to prompt and foster social change.  It’s time for me to get to work.”

Q: What is one experience that stands out in the program so far?
A: At the end of the first week, we all presented a piece of research about one of Adrienne Kennedy’s inspirations from her book,People Who Led To My Plays.  We set aside several hours for the presentations, and honestly I thought it was going to be a long three hours.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  The range, creativity, and insight of everyone’s presentations was inspiring and thrilling! The landscape of the minds of the 2016 “Emergers” is vast, wild, varied, strange and breathtakingly beautiful. I can’t believe I get to share a room with everyone this summer!  

Q: What or who is your biggest inspiration?
A: My biggest inspiration is any person, who, when faced with another person, group, or society, who says, “You can’t. Youre not good enough,” responds with, “Watch me.”

Maile Wong is a Seattle native, and is thrilled to be one of Intiman’s 2016 Emerging Artists.  She is a graduate of Lakeside School and Wellesley College, where she studied Developmental Psychology and Theatre Studies.  Favorite past roles include: Poppy in Noises Off, New Mother inMotherhood OutLoud, Matt in Matt and Ben, and Alais in The Lion in Winter.  Maile would like to thank the Intiman family for this extraordinary opportunity, and her fellow 2016 Emergers for the inspiration, joy, and energy they have so generously given this summer.  

Join us for our Emerging Artist Showcase August 5-7 at Seattle Repertory Theatre. We will feature selections from three plays: The Owl Answers and A Movie Star Has To Star In Black And White by Adrienne Kennedy and Black Super Hero Magic Mama by Inda Craig-Galván. The show is free and open to the public. RSVP HERE.