a documentary filmmaker, actor, producer and founder of The Purpose Project. directed and produced 40 short films for Gorgeous Entertainment documenting the lives of Japanese Americans living in NYC along with Japanese culture in the United States. those films were screened at a major cultural event in the United States, Japan Day@Central Park 2009/2010/2011 for audiences of over 50,000 people. was selected as a 5 x 5 emerging filmmaker for VisionFest 2010 and her short film, David, screened at Tribeca Cinemas closing night of the festival. served as associate producer on the rock musical Deep Cover debuting at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. as an actress, selected theater credits include: The Dinner Party (Lincoln Center Institute), 10 Billionth Baby (9Thirty Theater), The Infliction of Cruelty (NY Fringe Festival Winner). Selected Film: The Institution, Three Women, Particles of Truth, Deep Six, Passing Stones (IFC, Domani Vision Best Actress Award Winner). her voice can be heard in several popular video games and her face has been seen on billboards and ads throughout the US. She recently returned from Peru as cinematographer of a video campaign to raise funds for a future health clinic to serve the Q’ero people living in remote areas of the Andes Mountains. she performed her multi-media solo theater piece based on her inspiration for the documentary, The Purpose Project: Thao’s Library, at the All For One Theater Festival at the Cherry Lane this past fall in NYC. in addition, she has been a guest speaker at various venues across the country. is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.