Jisoo Hope Yoon is a writer, actor, and spoken word poet studying English and Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University. Her mind has taken up roots in America but her heart has always been in Seoul, where she was born and raised. She is an advocate for underrepresented voices, and believes in creating what is relevant, embodied, and accessible.
She is part of Stanford’s nationally ranked spoken word team, and regularly performs with Wordsmiths, a monthly spoken word and music show in Haebangchon, Seoul. Her poetry has appeared in Polyphony Lit, Sienna Solstice, and How 2 B Bad. Her work is forthcoming as an animated short as a part of Moving Words 2020.
As a theater artist, she has been involved with various Stanford student groups and department-produced shows, taking roles ranging from performer to dramaturg to assistant production manager. She is currently directing a production of Wild Goose Dreams by Hansol Jung, which will open at Sungkyun Theater this December.
As an educator, Hope has taught and co-taught workshops in nonfiction essay writing and creative writing. She directed a youth after-school theater program in Korea for more than three years, carving a path for more children to have access to a theater education, creative outlet, and safe space. She is currently working at a nonprofit organization that provides artistic education and opportunities for youth in Seoul.
Her art tells the story of the in between. Of the not-quite immigrant experience. The not-quite sexual experience. The not-quite loving experience. She does not see the world as black and white, and her quest is to illuminate the gray. Also, she likes space.