Masanari Kawahara is a performer, designer and educator who incorporates puppetry, mask, and movement into his work. He was a company member of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) from 1998 to 2009. His last production as a company member, A Path Home: A Story of Thich Nhat Hanh (2009) which was chosen as outstanding puppetry by Lavender. He was the co-creator and designer of GOTAMA: Journey to the Buddha (2006), recognized by City Pages as one of the ten great sets/scenic designs of the year. Currently he is working on HIROSHIMA (work-in-progress) to be presented by Pangea World Theater for spring of 2013. He is a Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theater Artist Fellow (2010-2011).