» Tamiko S. Washington
Associate Professor

College of Performing Arts; Department of Theatre
Tamiko S. Washington
Acting, Voice and Movement
Office Location:
Moulton Hall 135
Alliant International University, Bachelor of Fine Arts
University of California, Irvine, Master of Fine Arts in Theatre
Professor Tamiko Washington holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of California, Irvine.  Her seventeen-year history as an accomplished actor, voice, and movement teacher lead her to originate American Noh Theatre based on the traditional movements of Japanese Noh Theatre and Suzuki Master Tadashi Suzuki.  Her proven effective vocal methodology can be accredited to her extensive study with Linklater and Fitzmaurice specialists such as Dudley Knight, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Isabel Kirk, Dennis Krausnick, Tina Packer, Christine Adaire, Keely Eastley, Margaret Jansen, Lisa Wolpe, Adrienne Johns, and Louis Colaianni.  She continues to perform her (twelve-year) highly acclaimed one-woman show (Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, OC Weekly, Logan Daily News, Kansas City News) Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs (adapted for the stage by Deanna Sidoli and Kent Kirkpatrick) with help from the Irvine Foundation and Pacific Bell Telesis Foundation.  Her performance of the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet with Shakespeare Orange County in 2007 won critical acclaim in the Los Angeles Times.  She also has appeared in notable Actors’ Equity Association performances at South Coast Repertory, the Old Globe Theatre, the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Orange County, Stages Theatre, the Vanguard Theatre, and Pacific Theatre Ensemble, among others.  Her television credits include co-starring and guest artist roles in the television shows Pensacola, Silk Stalkings, High Tide, Extreme Blue, and Vanishing Son, and two Lifetime Movie Network films, Two Small Voices and Kidnapped.  She also can be seen in her supporting role as Anna Mae in the independent film A Few Breaths of Freedom

Professor Washington is a private vocal consultant in Los Angeles, California.  She is a professional respondent for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region VII, Circuits I and III.  In 2009, as a member of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company she was honored, with the company, in receiving the Margaret Hartford Award for sustained excellence in theatre.  In 2005, she was awarded the Kennedy Center American/College Theatre Excellence in Education for her work at Chapman University.  In 2004, she was the recipient of the Achievement of Excellence in Teaching from Chapman University, and in 2001, the recipient  of the Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, Creative Work, and Service especially for innovative teaching techniques and promoting successful award-winning performances at Chapman University.   She holds memberships in the Actors‘ Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, and VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Inc.).

Professor Washington’s philosophy of teaching includes three core principles for students in their quest for knowledge: 1) students must strive for excellence 2) students must remain teachable, and 3) students must “perform for something greater than themselves.”  These core principles govern her consistent approach to seeking, discovering, and implementing new and innovative techniques to ensure quality training in her teaching methodologies.

Directing Credits include: 
A new play titled Kvetcher in the Wry, Forum Theatre-Festival Arts (fall 2008), a new play titled Ode to Provence by Andrea Sloan Pink, Stages Theatre (spring 2009), Conversations Among the Ruins (KC/ACTF), Antigone, the Nixon Theatre (UCI), and UCI Undergraduate Scene Workshop (UCI)

Directing Credits at Chapman University include: 
Trojan Women, The School for Scandal (Oxford University Press approved adaptation for stage/publication by Tamiko Washington), A Night of Noh Theatre (Kantan, Hagoromo), He Who Gets Slapped, Ragged Dick (Neal Bell), Marisol, BFA Actor Showcase, Elizabeth Almost by Chance a Woman, Waiting for Godot (XXXV KC/ACTF finalist production), A Streetcar Named Desire, Atsumori & Ikuta (XXXII KC/ACTF finalist production)
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
"The Case of Conrad Cooper," the International Short Film I Co-Directed, received the Winner Award for Excellence in the Best Shorts Competition in La Jolla, CA.
"The Case of Conrad Cooper," the International Short Film I Co-Directed, was selected for the Shorts HD Program for the Shorts Showcase Festival aired on The Shorts Movie Channel.
"The Case of Conrad Cooper," the International Short Film I Co-Directed, was selected for the Max- Ophüls-Preis Film Festival in Saarbrücken, Germany.
"The Case of Conrad Cooper," the International Short Film I Co-Directed, was selected for the Accolade Global Film Competition (La Jolla, CA) in the Experimental Short, Narrative Short, and Woman Filmmaker categories.
"The Case of Conrad Cooper," the International Short Film I Co-Directed, received an Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Film Review, Independent Film Awards in Los Angeles, CA.
I was invited and hired to direct the one-act opera Electra by Hugo von Hofmannsthal (music by Richard Strauss), English Version by Anthony Hose as a non-operatic Greek Tragedy for the Summer Spotlight Summer Intensive at Troy University in the Claudia Crosby Theatre (July 19-25, 2015).
In the summer of 2015, I directed a devised project entitled HamlEt, which is based on the Shakespearean play Hamlet. The forty-seven minute version places the character of Hamlet at the center of conflict in a tumultuous Denmark. The production was performed at the 2015 OC Centric Orange County's New Play Festival, which is sponsored by the Department of Theatre, performed in Chapman University's Moulton Hall Studio Theatre, and produced by Actors Circle Ensemble (Tamiko Washington) and Eric Eberwein. Jordan Young, veteran theatre critic for the LA Examiner, stated, "Caught an invigorating program of one-acts last weekend at OC-centric: Orange County’s New Play Festival (through Aug. 30 at Chapman University). “HamlEt,” directed by Tamiko Washington, takes the play you think you know and boils it to its essence, offering more intense, full-bodied performances than I’ve seen in many full-length productions. Josh Bross’ Hamlet and Jay David’s Claudius are impressive."
In the summer of 2015, I was the Artistic Director and Producer of OC Centric Orange County's New Play Festival. The festival's mission is to produce new plays by Orange County playwrights. This year's festival, now in its fifth year, fully produced six new plays for production. The plays include Grace Note by Rob Riemer; Fabulous Monsters by Diana Burbano, HamlEt Created band Devised by Tamiko Washington, Spoken Allowed by David Scaglione, Corrupt Impressions or The Dangerous Ones by Joni Ravenna, and Love's Lost Words by Leonard Joseph Dunham. The festival also hired five professional directors, three professional stage managers, two student stage managers (Chapman University Department of Theatre Technology students), three professional designers, (costume, lighting, scenic), three student running crew members (Kansas State University, Fullerton College, and University of Southern California), and thirty professional and student actors (featuring Chapman's Theatre majors Jeremy Howard, Drew Petriello, Chase Fleming-Hauser, and David Flack). Actors Circle Ensemble (Tamiko Washington) and Eric Eberwein (Artistic Director of Orange County’s Playwrights Alliance) produce the festival. The festival has become a recognizable and artistic presence in the Orange County Theatre community. Joel Beers, the veteran and well-known OC Weekly critic states, "Unlike staged readings, during which actors hold their scripts and sit in chairs or are rudimentarily blocked, these are all full-on productions, brought to fruition by directors and an ensemble of actors ranging from veterans of OC and Los Angeles storefront theater to fresh faces pulled from local colleges, particularly Chapman. At a time when new plays from local playwrights are harder to find on local stages than a kept promise on the campaign trail, OC Centric merits high marks for spurring local writers to write, as well as providing an opportunity to see their words elevated from their computer monitors to three-dimensional life."
"The Case of Conrad Cooper," the International Short Film that I Co-Directed, received the Best Experimental Short Award at the 2014 California International Shorts Festival in Los Angeles, CA.
"The Case of Conrad Cooper," the International Short Film that I Co-Directed, received the Best Inspirational Short Award at the Culver City Film Festival in Culver City, CA.
"The Case of Conrad Cooper," the International Short Film I Co-Directed, was selected for The Homeless Film Festival in the United Kingdom with screenings held at the Documentary Media Centre in Leicester, the Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, the Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, the London College of Communication in London, and The Dance House in Manchester.
In the summer of 2013, I was commissioned by Stiletto Rosso Productions to be the Assistant Director of a new international short film entitled The Case for Conrad Cooper.
2012/2013: Artistic Director/Producer and founder of OC Centric Orange County's New Play Festival. Duties include choosing new plays for yearly festival production and hiring stage directors, production designers (costume, lighting, and scenic), stage managers, stage technicians, and actors. Additional duties include the overall artistic supervision of all play productions, as well as the overall financial affairs of the festival.
2012/2013 Artistic Director/Producer and founder of Actors Circle Ensemble. Duties include choosing plays for company productions, hiring production designers, stage managers, and actors, as well as the overall artistic and financial affairs of the company.
In the spring of 2013, I directed the play Experiment by Melanie Wehrmacher (with my acting company Actors Circle Ensemble), which was invited (through proposal submission) to perform in South Coast Repertory's SCRamble Series in the Nicholas Studio Theatre.
In the summer of 2013, I directed the Experiment by Melanie Wehrmacher, which was performed by my theatre company Actors Circle Ensemble at Theatre Asylum at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
In the fall of 2012, I was commissioned by Dr. Lisa M. Gibbs, Director of the Program in Geriatrics at the University of California, Irvine (to return) as the director of two interactive doctor/patient short plays for the Educational Theatre in Medicine Program. In addition, I also participated on an Actors Studio Panel with medical doctors from the UC Irvine School of Medicine and the actors performing in the interactive doctor/patient short plays.