Comfort Food=Rice+Love

A seed by: Julie Tamiko Manning
Project: Main Pool
Bio Julie Tamiko Manning is an award-winning actor, theatre creator and playwright.  Selected acting credits include: Sin/ Zephon in Paradise Lost (Centaur Theatre), Marion in Team on the Hill (Blyth Festival Theatre), Annie in Jean Dit (Théâtre D’Aujourd’hui), Elena in Butcher (Centaur) and Emilia in Othello (Scapegoat Carnivale/Segal) Her first play Mixie and the Halfbreeds (with Adrienne Wong) is a vaudeville inspired play about mixed race identity in multiple universes. Her second play, The Tashme Project: The Living Archives, (created and performed with Matt Miwa) a verbatim one-act about the Japanese Canadian internment experience during World War II, toured to Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa and was published with Playwrights Canada Press in 2019. Julie is currently working on her third play, Mizushōbai: The Water Trade about Kiyoko Tanaka-Goto, a Japanese picture bride turned ‘underground’ business woman in 1930’s British Columbia. She is proud of her mentorship work with Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program and Imago Theatre’s ARTISTA, her facilitation work with Arrivals Legacy Project and her community work though NAJC-QC. She is an apprentice member of Arashi Daiko.


Theatre, Storytelling, Literature
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As I was building this meal, Michael’s movement piece played in my head. The actions of preparing, cooking and plating brought up feelings of love, comfort and family. Growing up with a language barrier between me and my grandparents- who played a huge role in my upbringing- the preparing, offering and eating of food was how we communicated. It was how I knew I was loved. My preparing of this meal became a movement piece in itself, deeply rooted in my ancestry.

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