R.A. (Richard Alan) Shiomi is a third-generation Japanese-Canadian who’s plays have been performed in Canada, the U.S.A. and in translation in Japan. He has also written for television, co-authored two librettos, directed, and even designed sets early in his career. Shiomi was born in Toronto in 1947, earned a B.A. at the University of Toronto in 1970 and a teaching certificate from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. He was involved with the Powell Street Festival in Vancouver from its inception 1977 and went on to become a prominent member of the Asian American theatre movement. Rick Shiomi continues to be based in Minnesota where he has contributed to many theatrical ventures, most recently (November 2017) as co-artistic director of the Full Circle Theater Company in St. Paul, MN. Ryerson University Library & Archives has access to fourteen of the plays that Shiomi wrote or co-wrote via Alexander Street Press’s Asian American Drama Collection.