Cold Tofu

Associate Artists

Associate Artists of Cold Tofu Improv. Artistic affiliates of Cold Tofu who perform with and help serve the organization.

associate artists

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stefanie lau
marketing manager

Stefanie Lau began as a student with Cold Tofu Improv in 2003, served as Managing Director from 2013-2015, and helped produce shows and fundraisers including Changing of the GuardTofu Exposed and Telemongol. An arts professional for almost 20 years, Stefanie is a founder and Producing Artistic Leader of Artists at Play, a theatre company dedicated to presenting plays from underrepresented communities, with a focus on the Asian American experience. She previously worked at Center Theatre Group, East West Players and Ford Amphitheater, among others, and is on the national board of the Consortium of Asian American Theatres and Artists.

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howard ho
musician

Howard Ho joined Cold Tofu in 2008 and has been its resident accompanist since 2015, performing as an improviser and keyboardist with the main cast and the Ensemble. Howard is a composer and sound designer and designed for over 20 shows in and around Los Angeles, including East West Players, Playwrights Arena and Company of Angels. As a writer, he is a 2017 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist, a 2016 Center Theatre Group Literary Fellow and a 2013 NY State Summer Writers Institute Scholarship. He is also the creator of the video essay series How Hamilton Works on YouTube, and his videos have had over a million views

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michi fu
producing artist

Michi Fu joined Cold Tofu in 2010. She’s performed in Cold Tofu’s Advanced Team and also performed/co-produced shows with Cold Tofu’s Ensemble. She belongs to costuming communities and enjoys traveling to explore various forms of dance, especially salsa and tango. She also facilitates tours to Asia to learn how wellness is expressed in other cultures. Michi writes and speaks on various topics related to improved relationships and communicating effectively with others. She’s led drumming circles to help participants learn how to communicate with one another. She’s published poetry and non-fictional works to share her passions with others.

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michelle sugihara
producing artist

Michelle K. Sugihara is the Executive Director of CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment). She is also an entertainment attorney, film producer, and adjunct professor for the Claremont Colleges’ Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies. She is the VP of Development and founding member of the Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre and a member of PBS-Southern California Asian Pacific Islander Community Council. She started training with Cold Tofu in 2010 and has performed in mainstage shows as an ensemble performer. She also co-produced both of the Cold Tofu Ensemble shows. 


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KURT YAMAMOTO
CTN COORDINATOR

Kurt has been training with Cold Tofu since 2010 and has performed in mainstage shows and with Cold Tofu's Ensemble. His hobbies include surfing, skateboarding, playing guitar and acting. He has understudied in theater productions including SUN SISTERS at Company of Angels and CHING CHONG CHINAMAN with Artists At Play. He performs in a Beatles cover band THE FOB FOUR and has performed at the Nisei Week Festival and has also opened for Cold Tofu's mainstage shows. You can catch him in the ocean, at a skatepark, or onstage performing improv and playing guitar.

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gary calvin
technical artist

Bio coming soon.

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shannon wong
teaching artist

Bio coming soon.