Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them) is a genderqueer, multi-disciplinary performer/creator, and first-generation Nikkei-Canadian settler proud to make Tkarón:to their home. Teiya comes from a background of over a decade of singing both traditional and contemporary operatic roles across North America and Europe, most recently praised as “a force of nature” (Toronto Star) and “an artist with extraordinary things to say” (The Globe and Mail). They combine opera, theatre, and taiko in their artistic practice and strive to center equity-seeking artists and their works through the initiative Amplified Opera. This season: Artist in Residence (Nightwood Theatre); THE WAGER (Theatre Gargantua); Cio-cio San MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Windsor Symphony); Assistant Director ALL THE LITTLE ANIMALS I HAVE EATEN (Nightwood), Soloist BEETHOVEN’S 9TH (Kingston Symphony). Next season their original work THE QUEEN IN ME will premiere in Toronto. Teiya is a co-founder/member of Queer AF Collective, founder/head coach of the Vocal Dōjō, an apprentice with RAW Taiko Drummers since 2017, and is a graduate of Generator’s Artist Producer Training, the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, and the University of British Columbia. For their full schedule and more info visit: www.teiyakasahara.com or follow @teiyakasahara.