Marianne Combs, MPR. The McKnight Foundation has named Minnesota playwright and director Rick Shiomi its Distinguished Artist of the year.
In 1993, Shiomi founded Mu Performing Arts (then Theater Mu) in St. Paul after seeing a dearth of venues for Asian–American voices.
Over the course of 20 years Shiomi, 67, nurtured local acting talent while commissioning new plays to perform. In 1997 he founded the company’s taiko drumming group.
The McKnight Foundation credits Shiomi with the growth of Mu Performing Arts “from a small start-up in an area where Asian American theater was almost nonexistent into a nationally recognized company.” …