ST. PAUL — I want to thank all of you for making Mu such a success story over these past two decades.
Your work, donations, audience attendance, volunteer service and class participation, whether in taiko or theater, have contributed to this remarkable story. When many companies are running on empty, Mu is surging forward with new artists and leaders, new supporters and audiences, new energy and creativity.
So as I’m looking at my final days (yes it’s down to days!) at Mu, I’m truly grateful and reminded how far we’ve come. I am reminded of my first meeting with Randy Reyes where he told me he was simply looking for an artistic home in an Asian American company. I am reminded of an early taiko class where there were only three students, but one of them was Iris Shiraishi who is now the leader of Mu Daiko. I am reminded of audiences standing up to applaud the casts of Flower Drum Song and Into The Woods. I am reminded of how fortunate I have been to have been the Artistic Director of Mu.
And even as I leave, I am reminded of how important your support is to the ongoing health of our company. There has already been a great response to our summer letter but we continue to need your support. And a big thank you to those who have already contributed this summer. It is much appreciated and it really does have an impact.
Our fiscal year ends August 31 and we are hoping that you will join us in welcoming Randy Reyes as our new Artistic Director with an end of year gift. And he would love to hear from you. Feel free to send him an congratulatory email at [email protected]
We are so excited about this transition and I hope you are too. As I move from Mu staff to Mu supporter, I hope you will join me in making this community stronger, more vibrant and meaningful.
Former Artistic Director of Mu Performing Arts