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Lava Alapai

Director, WAYFINDING (2022)

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Salem Campus

Theatre Dept. Guest Artist
900 State St
Salem  OR  97301


Director, Wayfinding • Spring 2022

Lava is originally from Okinawa Japan and grew up Hawaii, where she learned and fell in love with Bunraku puppetry, theatre, and photography. She graduated with an MFA in acting from California Institute of the Arts and has been creating theatre in Portland for more than a decade.

Lava has been creating theatre in Portland for over a decade and some of her recent directing credits include  School Girls, Or; The African School Girls Play for Portland Center Stage at the Armory, Is God Is for Washington Ensemble Theatre, The Revolutionists and An Octoroon (co-direction) for Artists Repertory Theatre, ColumbinusCharlotte's Web and Locomotion for Oregon Children's Theatre. 

Lava is a Resident Artist at Artist Repertory Theatre, and a proud member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society).


Willamette University


M. Lee Pelton Theatre
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.