erika (she/they/e) 
b. yokohama, japan
currently elsewhere - all over
mail-to: softearth [ at ] proton [dot] me

erika is a mixed-discipline artist working with body-based performance-making, new media, language, and design research to investigate in/betweenness, ambiguity, and fluidity;  the interdependence of fear, desire, vulnerability, and (non)(be)longing; and the iterative process of moving in (more) right relationship to change.

through hybrid, transdisciplinary, inquiry-based process + practice, e seeks to (co)shape experiences, (inter)actions, realities, and futures that (re)imagine where and how we find pleasure, connection, meaning, power, and possibility.

RESIDENCIES + AWARDS 
2023LAKE Studios Artist Residency, berlin, germany (forthcoming march 2023.)
2023 Resilience Dance Company Choreographic Residency, st louis, mo (forthcoming january 2023.)
2022Residence Evil, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, saugatuck, mi
2010dean’s list scholar, northwestern university, evanston, il


SELECTED PERFORMANCES 
2022spiderdaddy, Ox-Bow Residence Evil, saugatuck, mi. solo performance.
2022a little crooked, artica festival, st louis, mo. solo performance.
2022a little crooked, cherokee street festival, st louis, mo. solo performance.
2022object(ification) of (my) desire, space station variety show, st louis, mo.solo performance.
2022not all these things are true, intersect arts center, st louis, mo. choreography by Elinor Harrison.
2022seed of dreams, edison theater, st louis, mo. choreographed by Jane Tellini. 
2021riding the maelstrom, edison theater, st louis, mo performer with modern american dance company. choreography by Carl Flink.
2021a magnificent grey, edison theater, st louis, mo. performer with modern american dance company. choreography by Natalie Williams.
2021miles (dia)logged, edison theater, st louis, mo. performer with modern american dance company. choreography by Belicia Beck, Darrell Hyche II, and Natalie Williams.
2021fragmented dreamscapes, space station summer residency, crestwood, mo. choreography by Josiah Gundersen.
2021and i’d have told you, link auditorium, st louis, mo. hosted by resilience dance company. solo performance.
2019innana’s dream, marcelle theater, st louis, mo. performing artist with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Jane Tellini.
2019arriving at enough, marcelle theater, st louis, mo. performing artist with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Kat Norton.
2019ikigai, marcelle theater, st louis, mo. performing artist with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Rafael Tillery.
2019purpose driven, marcelle theater, st louis, mo. performing artist with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Arica Brown.
2019slam underground, st. louis art museum, st louis, mo.
2019enfj, exchange choreography festival, tulsa, ok. choreography by Arica Brown. 
2019efflorescence, marcelle theater, st. louis, mo. performer with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Moxie Doctor.
2019enfj, marcelle theater, st louis, mo. performer with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Arica Brown.
2019femina, marcelle theater, st louis, mo. performer with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Ashreale McDowell.
2019brought forth by the sun, marcelle theater, st louis, mo. performer with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Mary Virtue Clermont.
2019worth it, kranzberg theater, consuming kinetics dance company, st louis, mo. solo performance.
2013peep show, striding lion performing arts, chicago, il. choreography by Stephanie Paul.

SELECTED CHOREOGRAPHY
2022bodies in (between) space and time, mildred lane kemper art museum, st louis, mo.
2022notes on a practice in listening, intersect arts center, st louis, mo
2020the underneath, consuming kinetics dance company, st louis, mo
2020is/nt it a sad day, consuming kinetics dance company teen dance program, st louis, mo.
2019we finally see, consuming kinetics dance company teen dance program, st louis, mo.
2019(what) right thing to do, west high school dance department, torrance, ca.

 
TEACHING (PERFORMANCE + DANCE)
2022advanced contemporary/modern dance, resilience dance company, st. louis, mo.
2021guest lecture, introduction to contemporary dance, washington university in st. louis.
2019-2020advanced contemporary/modern dance, consuming kinetics dance company, st. louis, mo.
2019-2020teen contemporary/modern dance, consuming kinetics dance company, st. louis, mo.


TEACHING (DESIGN)

2021-2022ux research methods for design, sam fox school of design & visual arts, washington university in st. louis.
2021interaction design: understanding health and well-being, sam fox school of design & visual arts, washington university in st. louis.
2020-2021visual principles for the screen, sam fox school of design & visual arts, washington university in st. louis.
2018-nowux academy, designlab, new york, ny.


SELECTED TALKS + PANELS, DESIGN + EQUITY
2021notes on design justice, talk, technology for a just society, princeton university.
2020designing equity, panel, st. louis public radio, st. louis, mo.
2018co-designing for racial equity, panel, reconstructing practice conference, los angeles, ca, july 2018.
2018introduction to equity-centered community design, talk, cleveland opportunity zones summit, cleveland, oh.
2018health leaders for community action and equity, panel, mad*pow health experience design conference, boston, ma, june 2018.


SELECTED DESIGN WORKSHOPS
2021introduction to user experience design, allied media projects, remote/detroit, mi.
2018transforming paper, pulitzer arts foundation, st. louis, mo.
2018who’s at the table? designing for equity, design + diversity conference, st. louis, mo.
2018creative leaders for design and equity, creative placemaking summit, denver, co.
2018design, dismantle, rebuild: introduction to equity-centered community design, design for america, washington university in st. louis.
2018rethinking history (to redesign our present), sxsw edu, austin, tx.
2018media leaders for design and equity, saxum, oklahoma city, ok.


OTHER  
2022senior design researcher + strategist, studio tomo, remote/new york, ny.
2021-2022ux designer, 22nd annual allied media conference, remote/detroit, mi.
2019-2022senior design researcher + strategist, briteweb ltd., remote/vancouver, canada.
2019-2020lead design strategist, believr, remote/oakland, ca.
2017-2018ux research team member, design justice network website redesign, remote/international
2017-2018manager of learning and education, creative reaction lab, st. louis, mo.
2016-2017digital experience designer, mikva challenge, chicago, il.
2015-2016high school success coach, freedom house, dorchester, ma.
2013-2015youth leadership coordinator, mikva challenge, chicago, il.
2012-2013research assistant, civic media immigrant voices project, school of education and social policy, northwestern university, evanston, il.


EDUCATION
2016depaul university, graduate course in design and human experience
2013northwestern university, bsed in education and social policy, summa cum laude
2012school for international training, madagascar, national identity and social change
2011school for international training, vietnam, culture, social change, and development


LANGUAGES

english (native)
japanese (native)
spanish (basic / conversational)