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Kurt Sanchez Kanazawa


Kurt
SANCHEZ Kanazawa

Reel Dark Comedy FILM Opera

UPCOMING: LEAD ROLE, STANLEY HAYAMI, V/R PROJECT FOR JANM (SEPTEMBER 2019), DIRECTED BY NONNY DE LA PEÑA (EMBLEMATIC GROUP, SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, VENICE FILM FESTIVAL)
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Kurt Sanchez Kanazawa


Kurt
SANCHEZ Kanazawa

Reel Dark Comedy FILM Opera

UPCOMING: LEAD ROLE, STANLEY HAYAMI, V/R PROJECT FOR JANM (SEPTEMBER 2019), DIRECTED BY NONNY DE LA PEÑA (EMBLEMATIC GROUP, SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, VENICE FILM FESTIVAL)
MORE INFO HERE

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Biography


Biography


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Critics hailed Juilliard-trained opera singer Kurt Sanchez Kanazawa in The New York Times and Opera News, before a career-ending medical diagnosis lead to traumatic cancellations at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and Teatro Alla Scala's Accademia. After getting a third medical opinion in Italy, confirming his diagnosis of Vocal Dystonia, as a distraction, he began studying iPhone programming and computer database systems in Puglia (Università del Salento), struggling to find work as a Vogue photographer's assistant in Milan, and working a front desk job at a hotel near Piazza del Duomo - when he was unexpectedly approached by a TV/Film casting director from Rome, leading to a guest role on an Italian TV soap opera, RAI1's "Provaci ancora Prof 7" as an Italian-speaking Japanese tattoo artist named Ichiro. Now, he is an actor based in Los Angeles.

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THE STORY…

MASTERCLASS W/ DAME KIRI TE KANAWA & SHERRILL MILNES in Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

MASTERCLASS W/ DAME KIRI TE KANAWA & SHERRILL MILNES in Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

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Grey's


GREY’S ANATOMY

Grey's


GREY’S ANATOMY

09. Kurt Kanazawa, Keiko Agena in 'Sisters Matusumoto'. © L.A. Theatre Works. Photo by Matt Petit.jpg

Sisters Matsumoto


Sisters Matsumoto


16. Cast, Author, Director in 'Sisters Matusumoto'. © L.A. Theatre Works. Photo by Matt Petit.jpg

LA Theatre WORKS

starred in AWARD-WINNING AUDIOBOOK SISTERS MATSUMOTO by Philip kan-Gotanda DIRECTED BY TIM DANG (EAST WEST PLAYERS), INCLUDING all-star castmates:

  • KEIKO AGENA (GILMORE GIRLS, HULU’S THE FIRST)

  • JUNE ANGELA (THE KING AND I & Shogun, ON BROADWAY)

  • SUZY NAKAMURA (ABC’S DR. KEN, THE GOLDBERGS)

 
 
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Developing New Voices


DEVELOPING NEW VOICES

Developing New Voices


DEVELOPING NEW VOICES

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KIMBER LEE’S “UNTITLED F*CK MISS S**GON PLAY” Ojai Playwrights Conference, August 2019

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“NOTHING IS THE SAME”

by Y York, directed by Tim Dang (East West Players)
SIERRA MADRE PLAYHOUSE 2018

 

“SINKHOLE” by ERIN LA ROSA

This two-act play by best-selling author Erin La Rosa chaotically brings together sexual assault, liberalism, and suppressed family secrets with the unique power only a hurricane in Florida could reap. I played SIMON, with Skylar Schock as my wife, who’s secret past brings her ex-BFF, played by Kristina Wong, to our domestic doorstep. Also, my horrible mother, played by Jeanne Sakata, makes a unwelcome appearance herself. A four-hander play that was developed under Alice Tuan’s FEME group, it first received a reading at { S T R } in July 2018, and subsequently East West Players in August 2018, and will receive a future reading at East West Players [Counter-Culture] in 2019.

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“COCKS CROW” BY ALICE TUAN

First worked with Alice through the { S T R } Sunday Table Read series, which I produce with my co-producer and right brain Skylar Schock. We introduced her to Natasha Tina Liu, with whom I travelled to Ojai Playwrights Conference to perform in her play COCKS CROW, directed by Braden Abraham (Artistic Director of Seattle Rep). This play will get a staged reading at East West Players in March 2019, directed by Jennifer Chang (EWP’s VIETGONE, head of acting studies at UCSD) for potential investors and is also open to the public.

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“THE FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE OF HAWAII” by JEANNE SAKATA and Kurt kanazawa

My grandmother, Shimeji Ryusaki Kanazawa, is known as “The Florence Nightingale of Hawaii” for her efforts during WWII as Chief Liaison between the Japanese civilian population and the Martial Law Government after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Her story is uniquely Hawaiian, Female, and Historical - especially for broadening the understanding of Japanese-Americans in WWII in Hawaii, which was drastically different and more hopeful than the horrendous toll that incarceration took on mainland families. I look forward to developing her voice with the incredible playwright and actress Jeanne Sakata - author of the acclaimed one-man show “HOLD THESE TRUTHS”, which currently stars Joel De La Fuente from Amazon’s “MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE”.

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“A PRAIRIE TALE” BY GEDDE WATANABE

Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles) has been developing this incredible script that was a Top 10 Nicholls Fellowship Award Winner. We put together a reading with Tamlyn Tomita (The Good Doctor, Joy Luck Club) and François Chau (LOST), and I read the lead of Teddy Nakamura. Set on a desolate farm in Texas, 1941, this is a unique Japanese-American experience, outside of the incarceration camps - and it is a feature film that is ripe to be told with today’s wave of interest in Asian-Pacific Stories for an SVOD platform.

“FEMENA” Cast with Matt Cimber (The creator of “GLOW”).