Nobuko Miyamoto (Founder & Artistic Director) is a performing artist who has had a defining influence on the shape and content of contemporary Asian American arts and culture. Originally a dancer with stage and film credits, Miyamoto’s involvement in the social movements of the 1960s led her to re-conceptualize her role as an artist. Her performances, musicals and albums probe themes of Asian American history, identity and the intersection of cultures. She founded Great Leap in 1978, and her recent work includes “Collaboratory,” a series of innovative community residencies that gathers diverse groups of artists and community residents for story gatherings and performances and “What Can A Song Do?” a solo-performance piece that explores the evolution of voice and the creation of community. Miyamoto oversees all aspects of Great Leap’s operations, supervises staff and provides creative direction to Great Leap’s community of artists.