Makuyeika Colectivo


October 23 - 27, 2019

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

a WorldStage production from México
directed by Héctor Flores Komatsu 

About the Director

Héctor Flores Komatsu was born in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México. At the age of thirteen, he moved with this family to the United States of America. He is a proud immigrant of Mexican-Japanese roots.

In his late teens, Héctor returned to México where he made his directorial debut with the first Spanish-language production of Jason Robert Brown's 13 the Musical, which he also translated. 

He attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a BFA in Theatre Performance (Directing) from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, a minor in Translation Studies, and a minor in World Theatre and Ethnic Studies. At UM, he produced and directed multiple projects, and he served as founding and creative director of MOSIAC, the university's first intercultural performance ensemble. He also served on the Collaborative Student Assembly as a Vice-President, and on the Executive Board of Basement Arts.

In his time at Michigan, HFK was an ardent advocate for diversity and inclusion in the arts and the university as a whole. He was involved in the Coalition for Tuition Equality, speaking frequently for the rights of young, undocumented students. Furthermore, Hector also worked for various educational theatre groups on campus, using his theatre skills for social change.

Working with the University Musical Society (UMS), Héctor was chosen for the inaugural 21st Century Artist Internship, which placed him on a paid residency with Théâtre de la Ville, in Paris. With TDLV, he worked as a rehearsal assistant and supertitle designer for Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota's revival of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, and also assisted with the company's festival Chantiers d'Europe.

He's worked with UM's Prison Creative Arts Project, having twice served as a student ambassador to The Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. There, he facilitated theatre workshops at prisons and favelas, and he learned Portuguese.   

This past year, HFK worked with Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne as their directing apprentice on their latest project Battlefield, and then as an actor in the world tour of The Valley of Astonishment.

Currently, Héctor is on a year-long exploration of Mexico's hidden theatrical spirit, which he's conducting as an inaugural awardee of the Julie Taymor World Theatre Fellowship. Based in Oaxaca, he is currently developing an original work, inspired by his travels, to be presented in the upcoming year.


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