Salmon Mitsu | Section title | Faculty and staff | Department of Theater Arts


Mitsu Salmon

Assistant Professor of Theater Arts


  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA
  • New York University, BA


Mitsu Salmon creates original performance and visual works that merge several disciplines. She was born in the melting pot of Los Angeles to a Japanese-American mother and a Caucasian father. Its creation in different mediums, the translation from one medium to another, is related to the translation of different cultures and languages.

Salmon received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. In 2005, she
NYU graduate. She was a member of the Butoh, Ima Tenko and Kiraza company, in
Kyoto from 2008 to 2010.

She has lived in India, England, Germany, Amsterdam, Japan and Bali. She has presented work at venues including the Chicago Cultural Center, Highways, Performance Space 122, and internationally at Hebbel Am Uffer in Berlin, the London Performance Art Festival, and Urbanguild in Kyoto, Japan. She has participated in artist residencies at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei Artist Village, Guildhall, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Oxbow. She received Newcity’s Best Multidisciplinary Collaborative Performance Award in 2015, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the City of Chicago, and a Touring Fellowship through Midwest Nexus in 2018. She was awarded the Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum Lab Grant, a Individual Artist Fellowship from the City of Chicago and the Utah Performing Arts Fellowship. She has presented research/performance at the Dance Studies Association Conference, the Northeast Modern Language Association and the Out of Site Flow Symposium.

Awards and Honors

  • 2022 Performing Art Fellowship Award by UA&M (Utah Division of Arts & Museums)
  • 2022-23 Salt Lake City Artist Career Empowerment Grantee (via NEA)
  • Artist Career Advancement Fellowship 2022 by UA&M (Utah Division of Arts and Museums)
  • 2022 Salt Lake City Project Support Grant
  • Weber State University Hemmingway Scholarship 2022
  • 2019 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award
  • 2018 DCASE IAP Grant (Chicago Department of Cultural And Special Events Individual Arts)
  • 2017 Midwest Nexus Touring Grant: between Chicago and Iowa
  • 2015 New City Best – Best Collaborative Multimedia Dance Performance for Tsuchi
  • 2012-2014 School of the Art Institute of Chicago MFA Fellowship

Sotck exchange

Ex-Radio. Collaboration with Kiku Hibino. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2022.

Somatic tracing. Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 2022.

Orchidelirium. A Night out in the Parks, Chicago, 2022. International Peace Gardens, Salt Lake City, 20222. Ragdale Foundation, Illinois 202. House of Yes, Chicago, 2021.

Conferences: Northeastern Modern Language Association (Thinking Plants Panel), (online) 2021. Flow Performance Art Festival (online), 2021. Dance Studies Association Conference Galzanizing Dance, New Jersey, 2021.

Desert turtle. Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, 2021. Rogers Art Loft, Las Vegas, 2021.

Botanical trances. Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, 2019, Links Hall, 2019. PAM, Los Angeles, 2018.

Out/In Aka. Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2019. Tulsa Living Arts through New Genre, 2018. Links Hall, Chicago, 2017.

Illusory waves: breathe underwater. Collaboration with Milad Mozart. Incheon platform, Korea, 2019.

Echoes of botany. Collaboration with Milad Mozart. Madou Trienale. Taiwan, 2019.

Mount Shamao. Collaboration with Milad Mozart. Lincoln Park Conservatory via Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, 2018.

Tsuchi. Iowa University under Midwest Nexus Touring Grant in shared bill with Michael Sakamoto, 2018. Trade Routes at Links Hall under Midwest Nexus Touring Grant in shared bill with Michael Sakamoto, 2017. Asquared Asian American Performance Festival at Links Hall, Chicago, 2016. Studebaker Theater, Chicago, 2016. Julius Caesar Gallery, Chicago, 2015. High Concept Labs, Chicago, 2015. Chicago Cultural Center, 2015.

Resonance traces. Collaboration with Milad Mozart. Sugar Space, Indianapolis, 2018. Taipei Artists’ Village, Taiwan, 2018.

Formosa wood. Oilwick, Indianapolis, 2018. Chicago Artists Coalition, 2018

Highways. The Electric Lodge at High Voltage, Los Angeles, 2015. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago through Impact Performance Art Festival, 2014.

fish dreams. Stroud Valley Arts Center via John Street Social Club, UK, 2014. Defibrillator via Actual Fictions, Chicago 2013.

Rain. Yaso Kyoto, Japan, 2008. Urban Guild Kyoto, Japan, 2008. Starr Space, New York, 2009. The Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, 2009. Bizarre Cafe Paris, France, 2009. Pan Asian Repertory through New Works , New York, 2004.

Odyssey. Hebbel Am Uffer through 100 nights, Berlin, 2007. Studio Buehne Berlin, 2006.

Flight. Act Art London Festival, United Kingdom, 2007. Diavolo Performance Center, Los Angeles, 2007.

Heartbeat: Kamikaze down. Brooklyn Arts Exchange, New York, 2006. Bread and Puppet Theatre, Vermont, 2006. Judson Church “About Town” Dance Theater Workshop New York, 2005. Dixon Place, New York, 2005. Performance Space 122 through Individually Wrapped, New York, 2004. Pan-Asian Directory, New York, 2004.


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