Engaging. Creative. Inspiring.

Kiki Rivera (she, they, we, wrasse) is an internationally produced, award-winning theatre artist, educator, and arts activist with her BA in Theatre and MFA in Playwriting from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM). Original plays include Puzzy (featuring award-winning New Zealand Playwright Victor Rodger), and Faʻalavelave: The Interruption. Their work focuses on cultural and sexual identity and the effects of colonization. Kiki is one of many voices for Pacific Islanders in the diaspora and is published in Samoan Queer Lives edited by Yuki Kihara and Dan Talaupapa McMullin and believes in self-reflective storytelling from a contemporary indigenous perspective and creating space for marginalized theatre artists of color.


Experience & Expertise


Resident Playwright and Panelist at Breaking Ground:  Indigenous Playwright’s Festival in Wellington, NZ — June 2019

Pasifika Transmissions at Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM), Long Beach, CA — Sept. 2020


Fall 2016-Present

Center of Pacific Island Studies Dept., PACS 303: Thinking through Pacific Art, Ritual, and Performance, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Spring 2019

Filling the Void: Creating Playing Space for Today’s Pacific Islander Brown Bag Biography Series, University of Hawaii at Mānoa Center for Biographical Research, Apr. 19, 2018

Lecture/Guest Artist/Director University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo-Dept. Of English, Oct. 21-27, 2016

Teaching Artist

January 2008-Present

Workshop Facilitator


Writing for the Pacific Theatre. Words@Mānoa/Hawaiʻi Review Writing Conference, Oct. 19, 2019

Moving Through Words: Finding the Story in Our Body, Words@Manoa/Hawai'i Review Writing Conference, Nov. 18, 2017

Voice Over Talent


Gray Television Group Inc. 

Vein at Kakaʻako, Radio ad, 2019

Waikiki Health, Radio ad,  2019

Segway Hawaii, 2017

Queen Kapiʻolani, 2018

Hawaii Public Radio

Aloha Shorts, Voice Actor/Storyteller, 2009-2012, 2018 

Hawaii Dept. of Education/ PBS Hawaii

Ranching in Hawaiʻi, Narration, 2017

Hawaii News Now

Chaiʻs Island Bistro, Radio/television ad, 2017

Caring Across Generations, Radio ad, 2017


March 2019


Puzzy (one-act)

F.C.C. Workshop, Auckland, NZ. — Nov. 26, 2015

F.C.C. Staged Reading, Auckland, NZ.— Nov. 28, 2015

*Production, Basement Theatre, Auckland, NZ — Feb. 9-13, 2016

Staged Reading, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo— Oct. 25, 2016

*Production, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Honolulu, HI— March 30-April 30, 2017

*Production, Bishop Arts Theatre, Dallas, TX— March 21-April 7, 2019


Faʻalavelave The Interruption (Full-length)

  Staged Reading/Workshop, Paʻi Arts Gallery, Honolulu, HI —  May 3, 2017

*Production, Kennedy Theatre, Honolulu, HI—Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2017

*Production, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Honolulu, HI— Nov. 7-Dec.8, 2019


Plantation Plays (Commissioned short-play)

*Production, Leeward Theatre, Pearl City, HI— Feb. 18-26, 2017

Re-mount *Production, Leeward Theatre, Pearl City, HI— Nov. 4-19, 2017


Kumu Kukui (Commissioned short-play) 

Climate Change Theatre Action 2019 Play Readings

Douglas College, New Westminster, Canada— Sept.24

Greenfield, MA— Oct. 13, 14, 19, Dec. 7

Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK— Oct. 14

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA— Nov. 4, 8

Artworks Theatre, Waiheke Island, NZ— Nov.15

National School of Drama, Tripura, India— Nov. 17

Phil Tarro Theatre, Mt. Vernon, WA.— Nov. 22, 23

Eco-Design Charrette, Toronto, Canada—Dec. 2

Live On Air WPVM FM 103.7, Asheville, NC— Dec.12

To Our Black & Brown Babies of Ocean and Islands (Short scene)

Reset Theatre Coalition (Online)— July 10, 2020

Girl's Dance (Short story)

Reset Theatre Coalition (Online)— July 31, 2020  

Online MC

Los Angeles Asian American Pacific Island Film Festival (LAAPFF) Virtual Showcase

Pacific Cinewaves— May 3, 2020

Monday Night VC: Past Pasifika— May 11, 2020

The Rogers  Q&A— May 27, 2020

Born This Way Q&— May 27, 2020

C3: Pacific Cinewaves— Sept. 26, 2020

TeAda Productions

Coconut Wireless: Island Mama's Tutunap Hour— Sept. 20, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • Rolling the R's national cast reading
    Sat, May 09
    May 09, 2020, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    We are proud to announce the national cast of our May 9, 8pm zoom performance of R Zamora Linmark’s play based on his groundbreaking novel on growing up in Hawaii in the days of disco. Giselle Tongi Walters, Joi Barrios-Leblanc, Wilma Consul Jeannie Barroga, Maila Kaneaiakala, Tino Montero, Leilani
  • TeAda Talks Creative Lab Series
    Wed, May 06
    May 06, 2020, 4:00 PM – Jun 14, 2020, 4:00 PM
    TeAda Prodcutions hosts "Tips from artists on coping with isolation and dislocation" a TeAda Talks Creative Lab Series.


Get in touch for additional information about our upcoming event.

Redondo Beach, CA


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