Keiko Green is the 2018 Amy Award Winner!

Keiko Green, 2018 Amy Award Winner

Bainbridge Performing Arts has named Keiko Green as the recipient of the 2018 Amy Award for Emerging Artists. Green was honored at BPA’s Encore event on May 15, 2018.

Keiko Green is a Bainbridge Island-based playwright and performer. She was a 2016 Core Acting Company Member of ACT Theatre and a member of the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s 2015 – 2017 Resident Writers’ Group. “I’m interested in racial and gender parity onstage and onscreen,” says Green. “I hope to create work that pushes boundaries yet is accessible to everyone.”

Keiko’s original work focuses on marginalized voices, specifically changing the narrative to centralize characters that are usually plot devices. In 2017, her play Nadeshiko won the Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play, as well as landing on the Honorable Mentions for the national Kilroys List, which lists the top underproduced plays written by women. She is a Finalist for both the 2018 – 2019 Many Voices and Jerome Fellowships at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, as well as a Semi-Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Foundation for her play Ballad of the White Tiger. Keiko has also had several world premieres at Seattle’s beloved Annex Theatre, among other venues, like Island Theater’s Ten-Minute Play Festival and NW Actors Lab’s One Act Festival on Bainbridge Island.

Keiko delivered a stirring speech at the event to celebrate her receipt of the Amy Award. She said, in part,

“I am so deeply humbled to join the wonderful group of artists that have received this award. Thank you to David, Caren, and of course Miss Amy Anderson — so many people have reached out to me to tell me about her. Thank you to everyone who has done so… When you see how a piece of theatre makes someone feel seen for the first time, gives someone an unexpected emotion for the day, or makes someone relate to someone from a completely different background, you know you’re doing something right. Muscles relax, brains and heart open up. Art creates empathy — something that is disappearing in our world. Art creates empathy. Art can change the world. If we let it.”

We couldn’t agree more. Cheers, Keiko!

The Amy Award

The Amy Award is a wonderful and giving way to bring awareness to the importance of support to the arts. I hope, as Bainbridge Island grows and grows, we will all continue to remember that we can all make a difference. I cannot thank the Anderson family, Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts and the Bainbridge Island community enough for their support!
– 2012 Amy Award winner Jherek Bischoff

The Amy Award is presented to a young adult under the age of 35, who is or has been an island resident, has compiled a body of work in the visual or performing arts, and whose work demonstrates a sense of quality, creativity, exploration and dedication. The Amy Award has been presented since 2001 to talented young artists who have continued to work in their chosen field including theater, dance, film, music, printmaking, jewelry making, mosaics, sculpture and photography.

The Amy Award is funded by an endowment established by David and Caren Anderson in memory of their daughter Amy. Amy Anderson was involved in the visual and performing arts and is remembered by many people today as a gifted young woman of great promise. The Amy Award is presented in her honor to provide encouragement and support to other young artists in our community.

Arts & Humanities Bainbridge manages the award program, and the honoree is chosen in alternate years by Bainbridge Performing Arts and The Art Project (formerly Bainbridge Arts & Crafts). The Amy Award winner is honored at a ceremony in late May and receives an unrestricted $4,000 cash award.

Award winners

2017: Adam Bentz

2016: Dove Cameron

2015: Wes McClain

2014: Liz Ellis

2013: Raquel Stanek

2012: Jherek Bischoff 

2011: Annie Huntley

2010: Wes Corbett

2009: Jonathan Hallet

2008: Claire Hosterman

2007: Gregory Glynn

2006: Vincent Palazzolo-Packard

2005: Tracy Lang

2004: Rain Ross

2003: Jessica Tuffley

2002: Solia Hermes

2001: Korum Bischoff