Words First

Thao P. Nguyen, Solo Artist

Produced and curated by Thao P. Nguyen.

Words First is a solo performance series featuring a rotating cast of Bay Area solo stars. Each month we invite a new line-up of the finest solo artists, comics, and storytellers to the CounterPULSE stage. Solo performance is a unique brand of theater: one person, one stage.  All of the pieces are written and performed by the solo artists themselves!

 

Monthly performances every first Wednesday at 7:30pm. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WORDS FIRST IS CURRENTLY ON HIATUS.

 

Interested in performing at Words First? See application instructions at the bottom of this page!

Interested in being a volunteer usher at Words First? All volunteers get to see the show for free! Email us to sign up!

 

Upcoming performances:

No upcoming performances.  Words First is currently on hiatus.

 


 

Past performers include:

November 2, 2011

W. Kamau Bell, Artistic Director

Martha Rynberg
Heather Marlowe
Vanessa Alabarces
Brian Rosen

September 7, 2011

Thao P. Nguyen
MK Nguyen
Diana Bui
Fong Tran

August 3, 2011

Kurt Bodden
Jeremy Greco
Marta Schultz
Vanessa Khaleel

June 1, 2011

Vanessa Alabarces
Deirdre Kennedy
Thao P. Nguyen
Martha Rynberg

May 4, 2011

Lisa Marie Newton
Sarita Ocon
Dominika Bednarska
Susan Ito

April 6, 2011

Maria Affinito
Louis Jackson
Nicole Maxali
Lisa Marie Rollins

Martha Rynberg, Solo Artist

March 2, 2011

Sarah Weidman
Vanessa Lee Khaleel
Ericka Lutz
Howard Petrick

February 2, 2011

Paolo Sambrano
Thao P. Nguyen
Joya Cory
Bruce Pachtman

November 3, 2010

Pidge Meade
Martha Rynberg
Sarah Weidman
Liza Raynal

October 6, 2010

Coke Nakamoto
Zahra Noorbakhsh
Thao P. Nguyen

August 4, 2010

Nicole Maxali
Debra Netkin
Bruce Pachtman
Kim Page

July 7, 2010

Deirdre Kennedy
Ericka Lutz
Mia Paschal
David Jacobson

Bruce Pachtman, Solo Artist

June 2, 2010

Colin Mahan
Meldy Hernandez
Michael Katz
Bruce Pachtman

May 5, 2010

Sigal Shoham
Sarah Weidman
Mary Samson
David Caggiano

April 7, 2010

Monica Bhatnagar
Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
Howard Petrick
Enzo Lombard

March 3, 2010

Thao P. Nguyen
Zahra Noorbakhsh
Bruce Pachtman
Lisa-Marie Rollins

February 3, 2010

Nicole Maxali
Ericka Lutz
Enzo Lombard
Zahra Noorbakhsh
Martha Rynberg

Vanessa Khaleel, Solo Artist

December 2, 2009

danceNAGANUMA

November 4, 2009

Carolyn Doyle
Thao P. Nguyen
Enzo Lombard
Jabari Davis

October 7, 2009

Cherry Zonkowski
Mark Kenward
Lambeth Sterling
Wayne Harris

September 2, 2009

Kenny Yun
David Allen Moss
Bruce Pachtman
Mary Van Note

August 5, 2009

Janine Brito
Alex Koll
Les Milton
Zahra Noorbakhsh

July 1, 2009

Coke Nakamoto, Solo Artist

Paolo Sambrano
Virginia Harrington
Martha Rynberg
Colleen “Coke” Nakamoto

May 6, 2009

Debra Netkin
Thao P. Nguyen
Enzo Lombard
Jenny Overman

April 1, 2009

Nicole Maxali
Jawad Ali
Vanessa Khaleel
Jabari Davis

March 4, 2009

Shaun Landry
Selena Polston
Erica Campbell
Colin Mahan

February 4, 2009

Mike Capozzola
Katie Rubin
Alicia Dattner
Brian Malow

January 7, 2009

Tim Lee
Mark Silverman
Janine Brito
Alex Koll
Bruce Pachtman

 


 

About the Producer

THAO P. NGUYEN (writer / performer / producer) has been writing and performing solo shows since she joined the Solo Performance Workshop in 2007. She debuted her full-length one-woman show, “Fortunate Daughter” in the Fall of 2011. Her director, the critically acclaimed W. Kamau Bell (selected Comedian of the Year by SF Weekly, SF Bay Guardian, East Bay Express, and 7×7 Magazine), has awarded her with the coveted “W. Kamau Bell Solo Performance Black Belt,” a distinction which to this date has been awarded only four times. Thao has produced such successful shows as ”DIS-ORIENTED: A trio of Middle Eastern and Asian American women”, “A Mother’s Day Special: See Mom, I Didn’t Forget!”, “Best Feeding” by Martha Rynberg, “City Solo” at Off-Market Theater, and, of course, San Francisco’s premier solo series, “Words First” at CounterPULSE.

 


 

Application to Perform

Words First is currently on hiatus and is not taking any applications to perform.

Thank you for your interest in performing at Words First. The producers of this showcase are always looking for new, fresh talent! When the application process opens again, please send the following information via email:

(a) Your name (and your stage name, if different),
(b) Your contact information,
(c) Artist resume and/or bio (one page max, no head-shot necessary),
(d) A short (two or three sentence) description of the 10- to 15-minute piece you are interested in performing at Words First,
(e) Information on any of your upcoming performances, and
(f) A link to a 5-minute clip of your work posted online (e.g., on youtube.com).

Please check back here to see when the application process opens again.

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