[NoHo Arts District, CA] – Teruko Nakajima’s award-winning world premiere solo exhibition, MADE IN AMERICA, at the Dorie Theater runs through July 31.
by Teruko Nakajima MADE IN AMERICA received huge accolades at the 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival, winning: The Best Solo Show, The Splash Award, Pick of the Fringe, Hollywood Fringe Festival Scholarship, was nominated for Best World Premiere, International Encore by SoHo Playhouse and Soaring Solo Social Impact Award. In addition, MADE IN AMERICA is one of the top ten picks in STAGE RAW.
by Nakajima MADE IN AMERICA is a raw and shocking autobiography about a courageous first-generation American woman who chose to immigrate to the United States from Japan on her own accord for a reason, encounters many strange and dangerous situations, faces obstacles, and learns to survive in America. This show about humanity beautifully depicts that the American human system helped her and did everything for her to survive. MADE IN AMERICA raises awareness for women, first generation immigrants, mental health, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, suicide and anyone who is hurting and needs help.
Teruko Nakajima is an actor, dancer, singer, writer and sculptor born into a family of artists in Tokyo, Japan. Her mother is a traditional Japanese dancer who gave Teruko the greatest influence. Early in her life, she dreamed of becoming a star and began taking dance, singing and piano lessons at the age of four. Throughout her childhood, Teruko performed at many school and community functions and captivated audiences wherever she went with her kindness and unforgettable voice. Teruko means a bright girl. She recently adopted a baby pooch and now she’s a proud single mom. She named her Titi, which means “Little Teruko”.
As the lead singer of her high school band, Teruko participated in “The Japan Hot Wave”, an event sponsored by Coca Cola and won 2nd place out of thousands of entries. She then played in several local groups in Los Angeles, such as the Ken Tanaka Band as lead singer of Doko Demo World. With her unique voice, she also works as an announcer, narrator and voice-over artist.
At Aoyama Gakuin in Tokyo, Japan, Teruko was voted “All Star Cheerleader” by the Japan Cheerleading Association and later became a licensed cheerleading instructor.
Cheerleading taught him to support others and became his life’s work. While studying abroad in Havana, Cuba, she fell in love with the Latin style, which motivated her to move to New York to continue her studies with salsa dancing. Teruko’s dance techniques developed at an exponential rate that she first appeared on the famous NBC TV show “Apollo Amateur Night” with a solo salsa performance. Soon after, Teruko was ranked 3rd runner-up performing a Latin jazz solo choreography in the dance competition at IMTA. She also appeared on the Univision TV show Objectivo Fama as a ChaCha choreographer for the contestants. Teruko went on to teach salsa, chacha, merengue, rumba and samba at various New York dance studios including PMTS International, Sandra Cameron Dance Center and Broadway Dance Center (assistant to Maria Torres). She is also a trained burlesque dancer and has starred on a new film Free Byrd.
In 2008, Teruko decided to embark on a new journey in the world of acting. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue this dream. Credits include: East West Players’ Voice of Okinawaaward-winning web series Danny London’s Unemploymenta feature film from the official selection of Sundance 2014 Nagasaki’s daughter, ABC television show Jimmy Kimmel Live!MTV television show AnnoyingPrimetime situation comedy on CBS The millers, Original Netflix Lady Dynamite, Monster challengefunny or die Teruko time and Teruko film reviews. Now she aims to write more of her originals, sitcoms and also romcoms so she can kiss a lot of handsome gentlemen (wink).
Teruko has a great passion for male buttocks, especially MLB players’ buttocks and has created many buttock sculptures. Now she is preparing for her first butt show in the near future.
Teruko never gives up on humanity. She believes in giving back to society. You can ask him anything! She might be able to help, you never know, or just a great chat! For instance; Burlesque, Salsa, Cheerleading, Classic Japanese Performing Arts, Tokyo, Anything Japanese, Japanese Lady Hostess, Gangsta, Dominatrix, Arborist, Vegan, Baseball Mounds, Comedy, True Crime, Animal Rescue, Wedding, Divorce, Eating Disorders, Fight or Flight Response, Self Hatred, Domestic Violence, Alcoholism, Sexual Abuse, Neglect, Suicidal Neighborhoods, Major Depressive Disorder, PTSD, EMDR, Antidepressants, Psychotherapy, Memorization, Best Friend, Feminism, Squid Play , etc. Teruko loves you.
John Flynn (Director) is an actor/writer/director currently living in Los Angeles. His memoirs Cooked! Sex, drugs and alternative comedy was recently published by Pretty Great Publishing. In 2021, he won the LA Ovation Award for Best Book of a Musical for This! A musical parody. He directed one person shows of Jenny Slate (dead millionaire), Jon Gabrus (black out drunk), Donna Thomas (From Southern Belle to Mrs. Cartel) and Marla Black (Raised by wolves). He is the co-host of the podcast Two old queens. He has won five Moth StorySLAMs and one GrandSLAM.