Brooke Ishibashi

Brooke Ishibashi

Brooke Ishibashi (she/her/hers): A fourth-generation Japanese American, Brooke hails from a showbiz family. She originated/developed the role of “Neary” in Cambodian Rock Band and is passionate about exploring anti-racism, social justice, and trans-generational trauma in her work. Her grandparents and their families were all interned during WWII in the Manzanar and Poston concentration camps; her grandmother Mary Kageyama Nomura is famously known as the "Songbird of Manzanar," while her grandfather Shiro Nomura dedicated his later years to curating the Manzanar exhibit at the Eastern California Museum. Brooke has clowned with Taylor Mac at The Public, been plucked by DJ Nash and Pam Fryman to star in an NBC comedy, crashed American Idol as her sketch character “AKIKO!” and performed at La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Geffen Playhouse, Joe’s Pub, & more. Brooke is co-founder of the national, grassroots lobbying organization Be An #ArtsHero, core member of Fair Wage Onstage, and National Councilor for Actors’ Equity Association. She has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. BeAnArtsHero.com