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.

She has presented work at venues such as 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 Taipei Artist Village, Villa Pandan Harum in Bali, High Concept Lab, Links Hall, Chicago Cultural Center 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.

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Orchidelirium. Ragdale Foundation, Illinois 2021, 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

Off/Inaka. Links Hall, Chicago 2017, Tulsa Living Arts, 2018, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2019

Echoes of botany. Presented at the Madou Triennale
Holidays link, Tsung Yeh Artist Village, Taiwan

Formosa wood. Tsung Yeh Artist Village in Taiwan from April to June 2017.

Tsuchi. University of Iowa under Midwest Nexus Touring Grant in a shared bill with Michael Sakamoto- 2018, Trade Routes at Links Hall under Midwest Nexus Touring Grant in a shared bill with Michael Sakamoto- 2017, Asquared Asian American Performance Festival at Links Hall, Chicago- 2016, Echo at Studebaker Theatre, Chicago- 2016, Primary Care at Julius Caesar Gallery, Chicago-2015, Residency Culmination for High Concept Labs, Chicago- 2015, Residency Culmination for the Chicago Cultural Center- 2015, 2015 Post- Butoh Festival at the Chicago Cultural Center

Highways. Presented at the IMPACT PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL at the School for the Art Institute of Chicago, April 2014.

Snow drawings. 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

Ima Tenko and Kiraza. Kyoto, Japan, 2008-2010

Collaborations with Ryotaro.

Urban GuildKyoto 2009.

Fish dreams and other tales.
2009 Nashi no Katashi Gallery Kyoto, Japan
2009 Urban Guild Kyoto, Japan
2009 Pan Asian Repertory Theater New York
2009 Escape Berlin, Germany

2009 Urban Guild Kyoto, Japan
2009 Goodbye New York Blue Mondays
2009 Dresden Friedstaldt Dresden, Germany

2010 Coba’s Accordion Bellows Night Kobe, Japan
2010 Urban Guild Kyoto, Japan