Aya Tucker (she/her) holds an MFA in Lacoq-Based Actor Created Theatre. Her original clown act, Kiki and Ted, was nominated for The NY Downtown Clown Golden Nose Awards (Audience Choice Best Clown Act). She has performed in London and NY, including Hold Music (Sightline Arts; The NY Innovative Theatre Awards nominee for Outstanding Performance Art Production). Aya is a certified Lucid Body instructor, a healthcare clown for Laughter League, and one of the inaugural Clown Cohort members of the Clown Gym. Originally from Japan, her mission is to make acting/clown training accessible to all, including but not limited to the Japanese theatre community and non-native speakers – with self-care, compassion, and playfulness.