“It took me a long time to shift my perspective from fighting against all the things that hurt and dehumanize me into healing and helping to (re)create a world that I believe in. For me, ASOO is the embodiment of that ‘into’ – it is a process of transforming pain and disempowerment into connections with the things that make us strong: kinship, ancestors, the land. This process can be difficultin a specific place, millions of people can live together yet still be disconnected. But as a place-based process that focuses on relationship-building, ASOO is a creative method that can sift communities out of the masses. Community, Ancestors, Land. It is these important connections that restore our humanity.”
– Lilian K., Tempe, AZ



“’A Stage of Our Own’” is a critical, hauntingly honest, and much needed creative and performative space. The first show organized and directed by Toni Pasion in Honolulu, HI revealed not only the stories of each performers’ life, but also the many ways each woman converged with each other in a brutally honest and intimate confessions of the soul. ‘A Stage of Our Own’ was truly a community experience that brought Toni’s vision and the rest of the cast’s voices into existence. From the venue, the show, the food, the props, and the equipment, each and every piece of the show was truly a manifestation of people creating space for each other. Los Angeles is lucky to have ‘A Stage of Our Own.’”
– Jonathan V., Honolulu, HI