I am a Chicago-based creative director, organizer, and multidisciplinary storyteller from Hanoi, Vietnam. When I was 17, I co-founded FRAGMENTS: a non-profit theatre company in Vietnam's Capital.
My explorations surround "fragments of time" because that is the form my memories take.
Being a Vietnamese third culture kid, I began learning Vietnamese and English through word of mouth and patchy conversations. I remember my 9th summer like it was yesterday but still piece in new fragments as I retranslate for what people actually said. Life can feel like scenes from a foreign film with subtitles I'm expected to write myself.
That being said, when retelling memories, I prefer to let each story choose the medium it wants to take. My multidisciplinary approach is led by Moment Work: the reconstruction of individual fragments of time. It allows me recreate a memory, then step out of it and observe; to ask what really happened?; to ask how else it wants to be seen?
Seeing a story take different mediums is like testing out different answers; of how humans can be one thing, so many others, and yet also nothing at all. I've been trying to understand that two things can be true at one time. I've been questioning where our minds can go without forgetting we are still watching from our bodies? How can new media be integrated and not pixelize but make reality even more human? And why are we eager to yet so damn afraid of telling one another how we feel?
Above all else, I am committed to the invitation of conversation: the conversations we have with ourselves and the conversations we have with one another. I am curious about the way people can exist apart when they are together and what would help us come together without picking each other apart. There are so many moments in the paths between creation, curation and conversation. I want to be the kind of director who lives between such moments, questioning the connection/transition from one conversation to another. I hope to craft fragments of time that will connect new and existing realities.
Perhaps you'll stay a while.
Events/Public Programs Management
Human Resources Management
Scripts Writing & Supervision
Poetry & Content Writing
Copywriting & Editing
Writing Workshops & Mentorship
Set Design & Styling
Media Management & Strategy
Adobe Creative Suite
John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
Stage Left Theatre
Creative Peaks Studios
The Locket Sisters
Genuinely Jo Photography
Pan is Drawing
Đại Nam Theater
Victory Gardens Theater
Lookingglass Theatre Company
Diminuendo Literary & Arts Magazine
Asterisk Arts Collective
Loyola University Chicago
RMIT University Vietnam
Vietnam Youth Theater
Chula Fashion House
The Happy Bookshelf
Vietnam National Model United Nations
Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam
United Nations International School Vietnam
Singapore International School Vietnam