Mieko Ouchi works as a writer, actor, and director in theatre, film, and TV. A graduate of the University of Alberta's BFA acting program, she has been working professionally across Canada since 1992. The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye), her first full-length play, has been produced across the country and was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award in 2004, winning the Carol Bolt Award from the Canadian Authors Association in 2005. The Blue Light, her second play, won the Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play in 2007. Her award-winning films Shepherd's Pie and Sushi, By This Parting, Samurai Swing, and Minor Keys have played at more than thirty film festivals across North America and aired on the CBC, W Network, Bravo!, and DUTV in Philadelphia. She is the artistic co-director of Concrete Theatre, a theatre for young audiences. Mieko was the recipient of a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 for her contribution to the arts. She lives and works in Edmonton.