“In real existence there is only unity. ”
RUMI - POET
A PRODUCTION COMPANY BASED IN NEW YORK
Founded by Japanese American, RUMI OYAMA.
KUMA (くま ) means "bear".
DAKKO (抱っこ) means "hug".
Our goal is to unite people despite race, gender, class and sexual orientation.
RUMI OYAMA is originally from Japan. She studied Law and then became a professional singer/dancer at the age of 24. She performed in The Disney LION KING for several years. Rumi moved to the USA right after she left the musical company and became a bi-coastal actress. She's a proud member of SAG/AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild), AEA (Actors Equity Association) and SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society).
She made her broadway debut in 2015 in the show ALLEGIANCE starring George Takei and Lea Salonga. Rumi originated the role of "Mrs. Tanaka".
Rumi has choreographed and performed in SAYONARA at Theatre Row in 2015 and received a 2016 Fred and Adele Astaire Award for OUTSTANDING FEMALE DANCER off-broadway.
Oyama choreographed a Dance for Learning 2017, a global conference with Michelle Obama as keynote speaker. She has been working with Broadway producer Elliott Masie on creating several dance performances.
In 2018, she was nominated in BroadwayWorld Regional Awards (ALLEGIANCE - LA, Aratani Theater).
Rumi appeared in the feature film RUNNING FOR GRACE (2018) as Miss Hanabusa playing opposite Matt Dillon and Jim Caviezel. The film now is on Amazon Prime.
With her co-writer, Joseph Pham, she wrote many scripts including SPIRIT BOX, FINDING YOUR VOICE, SENGOKU; JOURNEY OF OUTSIDERS, THE LIGHT and THE DOOR. She is a finalist in The Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards and The ScreenCraft Animation Competition and has been regularly highly placed in screenwriting contests.
In 2021, she founded Kuma Dakko Productions to produce films that have authentic Japanese influences and positive inspirations. She has directed SPIRIT BOX and it is now in post production process.