Past Hilliard Discussion Scholars

Ms. Chisa Yamaguchi - 2016 Huffines Discussion Scholar

Ms. Chisa Yamaguchi - 2016 Huffines Discussion Scholar

Ms. Chisa Yamaguchi
DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion
“Play Everywhere: Healing Where We Hurt"

Chisa Yamaguchi, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, graduated from UCLA with two bachelor’s degrees in Asian American Studies and World Arts and Cultures. Ms. Yamaguchi is currently entering her seventh and final season performing with DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion®. In addition to dancing, Ms. Yamaguchi is a certified yoga instructor specializing in Vinyasa flow, pre and post-natal yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga Tune Up Ball Therapy and is a certified Reiki Master. 

She is a certified artist on the teaching roster through The Music Center of Los Angeles and has been the Tour Engagement Education Director for DIAVOLO for six years as well as the DIAVOLO Institute Co-Director for two seasons. With extensive training in the Visual and Performing Arts Standards along with arts education curriculum development, Ms. Yamaguchi has a myriad of teaching credits that include both national and international teaching residencies, numerous custom-designed lecture series’ given around the world, as well as being adjunct dance faculty at California State University, Los Angeles. 

In addition to her performance and teaching credentials, Ms. Yamaguchi is pioneering the position of Marketing Director for DIAVOLO, focusing primarily on product management and content creation. 

Ms. Yamaguchi was recently awarded membership to the At-Large Council for Emerging Arts Leaders in Los Angeles and is a regularly featured speaker/lecturer with Athletes and the Arts, advocating for healthcare reform and education for creatives and artists.



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