Dr. Justina Mattos

Justina Mattos

Directing Credits

  • Wailau, an online storytelling series, created/hosted by UH Hilo, multiple episodes, spring 2020-present.
  • Scary Scenarios 2021, an online offering of original monologues, fall 2021.
  • Banyan, UH Hilo, shared online Fall 2021.
  • E Hoʻomau: Endure, a living history presentation in collaboration with Kumu Kahua Theatre Dark Night Series, shared online summer 2021.
  • Lā Makuahine, an online community collaboration celebrating moms, spring 2021.
  • Sanctuary, Creative Lab Hawai'i statewide online play festival, spring 2021.
  • The Conversion of Ka'ahumanu, UH Hilo, shared online spring 2021.
  • Virtually Yours, Valentine Vignettes online, UH Hilo, spring 2021.
  • Kalikimaka 2020, an online community collaboration for the holidays, Fall 2020.
  • MOORE: A Pacific Island Othello, UH Hilo, shared online Fall 2020.
  • Scary Scenarios 2020, an online theatrical event via ZOOM webinar, Fall 2020.
  • The Hawaiian Nutcracker, directorial consultant for Dance Extravaganza, Fall 2019.
  • Scary Scenarios 2019, an environmental theatre event, Fall 2019.
  • Moʻo Huelo: Tale of a Tail, a Hawaiian language musical by Justina Taft Mattos, KEAKA Hawaiian Language Theatre Festival, UH Hilo, summer 2019.
  • Rent, a rock-musical, UH Hilo, Spring 2019.
  • Scary Scenarios 2018, a serial-theatre event featuring student-written one-act plays, UH Hilo, Fall 2018.
  • Aloha Las Vegas, a pidgin comedy by Edward Sakamoto, UH Hilo, Spring 2018
  • ʻEkolu, a bi-lingual Hawaiian/Pidgin touring production for Hilo after-school programs. UH Hilo, spring 2018.
  • Scary Scenarios 2017, a serial-theatre event featuring scenes & monologues written by students, UH Hilo, Fall 2017.
  • Kakahiaka, a Hawaiian language musical by Justina Taft Mattos, KEAKA Hawaiian Language Theatre Festival, UH Hilo, summer 2016.
  • The Trial of Liliʻuokalani, a historical drama by Maurice Zimring, Hilo Community Players at East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center, fall 2013.
  • Go, Dog. Go! a children’s musical by Allison Gregory & Steven Dietz, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, fall 2011.
  • Once Upon One Noddah Time, a pidgin musical by Lisa Matsumoto, Downtown Hilo’s Historic Palace Theater, fall 2008.
  • Once Upon One Time, a pidgin musical by Lisa Matsumoto, Volcano Art Center, summer 2007.
  • Another Heaven, a historical drama by Eric Anderson, University of Hawai’i at Hilo, fall 2005.
  • Burn This, a contemporary drama by Lanford Wilson, Ulua Theatre at Pu Mu, Volcano Hawai’i, summer 2005.
  • Aloha Friday, a pidgin comedy by Lee Cataluna, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, fall 2004.
  • You Somebody, a pidgin musical by Lee Cataluna, Volcano Art Center, summer 2004.
  • The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, the Palace Theatre in Hilo & Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu, 2004.
  • Much Ado About Nothing, a comedy by William Shakespeare, Hilo Community Players’ Shakespeare in the Park, summer 2003.
  • ‘Ohana: Through the Eyes of the Children Hilo Community Players’ Children’s Theatre Workshop, spring 2003.
  • Stew Rice, a pidgin comedy by Edward Sakamoto, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, fall 2002.
  • One Uddah Midsummah Assistant Director, Hilo Community Players’ Shakespeare in the Park, summer 2002.
  • Hilo Rains, a pidgin mystery by Justina Mattos, Mahina Productions in Hilo, Hawai‘i 2001.
  • Lessons from Mother Adele’s Faith, Mission and Action by Justina Mattos, Chaminade University of Honolulu, 2000.
  • Santa and the Efficiency Expert, a children’s play by Frances B. Watts, Our Redeemer Lutheran High School in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 1994.
  • Life Under Water by Richard Greenberg, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, 1989.

Playwriting

  • Oh, Hello! A Teen Othello, Produced by Hilo Community Players, summer 2020 (Subsequently used as a teaching tool in high school classrooms in U.S. & Spain).
  • Moʻo Huelo: Tale of a Tail, A Hawaiian language musical for children. Produced for KEAKA: Hawaiian Language Theatre Festival, UH Hilo 2019.
  • ʻEkolu, a bi-lingual Hawaiian/Pidgin touring production for children. Produced through Theatre ʻAuana program, UH Hilo 2018.
  • Kakahiaka, a Hawaiian language musical for children. Produced for KEAKA: Hawaiian Language Theatre Festival, UH Hilo 2016.
  • "Tomorrow: A Pidgin Comedy," co-written with KellyRae Bell (viewable on YouTube), presented for B.A.C.E. 2010. Incorporated into Hilo Da Musical at University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, 2015.
  • Into the Light,” written under commission at Ulua Theatre, 2008.
  • Ohana: Through the Eyes of the Children, collaboratively written, produced for Hilo Community Players, spring 2003.
  • Hilo Rains, performed in Downtown Hilo for Mahina Productions, September 2001.
  • Lessons from Mother Adele’s Faith, Mission and Action, performed at Chaminade University’s Women’s History Program, 2000.
  • Aurora, written 1999. Produced by Performing Arts Learning Center, Hilo High School, October 2000.
  • By Choice, produced at Pocket Playhouse, University of Oregon 1993.
  • Nā Puaʻa Liʻiliʻi ʻEkolu, won prize in Hilo Community Players’ playwriting contest, 1993.
  • Families, ensemble theatre performance written & performed at Celebration Company, Urbana Illinois, 1981.

Writings for the Screen and Other Media

  • How I See It: Health Care Concerns in Our Community. Dramatic vignettes on video. University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Pharmacy, 2011.
  • Getting There...From Here. Dialogue for video hosts. ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi, 2009.
  • Journeys. Narration for Video Host. ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi, 2009.
  • Audio Tour of Landscape -- Written & Recorded 2009. ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi.
  • Audio Tour of Exhibits, Keiki & Adult versions -- Written 2007 Recorded 2008/2009. ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi.
  • One Ocean, One Sky. co-written 2007 for Planetarium. ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi.
  • Hōkūleʻa and Maisu, 2007. Written 2007 for Science-on-a-Sphere, ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi.
  • Hālau Hula Around the World. Written 2007 for Science-on-a-Sphere, ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi.

Other Printed & Online Publications

  • After Dawn. A Novel. Lulu Publication Co. 2014.
  • Life As Art: Achieving Harmony, Serenity and Balance. An Interview with Jason Scott Lee.” AXS On-Line Arts Networking Community. 2010.
  • Ola Nā Iwi: A Postmodernist Look at Science and Culture.” Original Plays & Classic Humanities. Kumu Kahua & Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities, 2007.
  • A Guide to the Archival Records of Kumu Kahua Theatre 1971-1997.” Honolulu: Kumu Kahua Theatre. 1997.
  • The Women of Edward Sakamoto’s Trilogy: Hawaiʻi No Ka ʻOi.” Literary Studies East and West, vol. 12, 1996.
  • Meet the Playwright: Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl.” Native Playwrights’ Newsletter, vol. 10, Spring 1996.
  • Stereotypes and Racial Relations in Hawaiʻi’s Contemporary Indigenous Drama.” Native Playwrights’ Newsletter, vol. 10, Spring 1996.
  • Kumu Kahua Theatre: The First Ten Years.” Finalist in TDR Student Essay Contest, 1994. Published in Native Playwrights’ Newsletter, vol. 10, Spring 1996.