We’re very excited to have members of the local arts community join us for discussions before our Pacific Voices concerts. Meet our guest panelists!
Alejandra Valarino Boyer is the Director of Programs and Partnerships at Seattle Opera where she leads their community engagement and learning programs initiatives. Her focus is on expanding the company’s civic impact, building future audiences, and enriching experiences for opera audiences.
Previously, she was Director of Community Programs at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she collaborated with community organizations to create culturally relevant events and programs. She is excited to explore Seattle and engage with the many communities of the Pacific Northwest.
Roger Tang is a veteran theatre producer of over four decades who began his career working with folks like Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang and Philip Kan Gotanda. He is a playwright, a producer of numerous Northwest and world premieres of Asian American plays, and a former board member for ReAct Theatre and the Northwest Asian American Theatre.
Dubbed the “Godfather of Asian American theatre” by A. Magazine, he received a 2016 Equity Award from the Equity In the Entertainment Industry Symposium at Stanford University, and he’s a member of the national board for the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA). He is also is the Literary Manager for SIS Productions and edits the Asian American Theatre Revue, the web’s foremost resource on Asian American theatre.
Reese Tanimura is the Managing Director of Northwest Folklife where she channels her personal passions into Folklife’s vision of “Strengthening communities through arts and culture.” She is also a Seattle Music Commissioner, deeply committed to making Seattle a thriving and sustainable ecosystem for artists and industry alike, while ensuring that racial equity continues to be held up as the standard for progress.
Previously the Program Director for Rain City Rock Camp, Reese continues to serve as a volunteer and evangelist of their mission to empower girls, women, and gender non-conforming individuals to engage their creative potential through music, champion equity, and thrive in a community of allies and activists.
Heidi J. Kim has served as the Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation for The Episcopal Church since 2014, and is one of the lead members of the Presiding Bishop’s staff charged with sharing best practices of Becoming Beloved Community; The Church’s Long Term Strategic Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation, and Justice Making.
Heidi has an extensive background in both secondary and higher education, having taught courses at the college level in Sociology, Anthropology, Women’s/Gender Studies, American Studies, and Ethnic Studies; and she is in frequent demand as a preacher, speaker, and facilitator. She also has extensive experience as a professional classical soprano, having sung with several of the nation’s top professional chamber choirs. She currently serves as our soprano section leader.
At both concerts, our guests will be joined by artistic director and conductor Karen P. Thomas, and Hannah Won, board officer, membership chair, and inclusivity advisory group member. Our moderator for both evenings will be board president Wes Kim.