about her ~

Photo by Ava Madden, @avas_lei
Kaimana Beach, Honolulu, Oʻahu
Hi! My name is Noelani Montas (she/her) and I am a proud Kānaka Maoli and Dominicana from Los Angeles, through Philadelphia, and now based in Honolulu. My main medium is theatrical storytelling, focusing in performance and design. Regardless of my role on a production or project, I would love to tell stories about, for, and with people of color, especially Indigenous stories and ones not based in English.

Noelani Montas (she/her) is in her second year of graduate studies in the MFA Hawaiian Theatre Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and received her BFA in Theatre Design & Technology from University of the Arts. Recent credits include: Glitter in the Paʻakai – UHM Earle Ernst Lab Theatre (ʻĀnela), Haku Wale – UHM Earle Ernst Lab Theatre (Scenic, Lighting, and Projection Design, Hula), Kaisara – UHM Earle Ernst Lab Theatre (Emma Nāwahī, Kalapunia, Metelusa), Primero Sueño – Repertorio Español (Scenic & Lighting Design), Dance Dance Dance – UHM/Earle Ernst Lab Theatre (Scenic & Projection Design, Properties), and La Extinción de los Dinosaurios – Repertorio Español (Scenic & Lighting Design). She is a recipient of the 2022 Brind School Award for Storytelling in Design, the 2021 Pat Mackay Diversity in Design Award, and was a lighting design mentee in the 2021-2022 Wingspace Mentorship Program Cohort. Thank you to my people. E holomua, sigue pa’ lante.

Current things:
MFA Hana Keaka (Hawaiian Theatre Program), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
ANNO Graduate Assistant, Web/Media Publicity Development

Past things:
BFA Theatre Design & Technology, University of the Arts
UArts Brind School Storytelling in Design Award 2022
Wingspace Lighting Mentee 2021-2022
Pat Mackay Diversity in Design 2021 Winner