Meet Haruna Tsuchiya


Haruna Tsuchiya, MFA '12Shimoda, Japan

Graduation Date

May 2012


MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance


Instructor, Music Theatre Department, College of Music, Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand

Campus Activities

Event Coordinator for Student Life Programming (S.L.P.); International Student Representative for United Naropa (U.N.)

What is your personal mission statement?

Create beauty in the world through artistic experiences.

What are you most passionate about?

Experiencing something new—seeing things I've never seen, eating what I've never had before, and walking around places I've never been.

What is your greatest achievement?

Embracing and mindfully expressing all aspects of me, including Eastern and Western influences, and emotions or actions that might be considered "negative" in society.

What qualities do you most value in your friends?

Gentleness; deep, quality conversations; trust; and deep listening for their dreams and internal voices.

Why did you choose to study at Naropa?

A dream I had one night led me to find Naropa. I was deeply interested in investigating the relationship between performing, the world of energy, and spirituality. I thought finding a graduate school like that would be impossible, but I asked for it, and it came to me!

What made you smile at Naropa?

Beautiful rituals; going through the evolutional movement patterns (from a single cell to standing); the whole class experiencing the state of infants and children again physically, vocally, and emotionally in a studio.

How have you changed since being a student at Naropa?

I feel more confident in being who I really am without reservation or judgments.

How are you making a difference in the world?

By following my deep dreams and desires and freely living a non-traditional and artistic life path in a foreign country as a Japanese woman, I'm making a statement in the world that "impossible dreams" can come true.

What aspects of your Naropa education do you carry with you every day?

Breathe. Be in a moment. Accepting what is. What you think is what you get. Working and creating from unknown space. Being kind to myself. Love.