Erin O'Brien

Special guest

Genevieve Erin O'Brien is a Queer mixed race Vietnamese/Irish/German/American woman. She is an artist, a filmmaker, an organizer, a cook/private chef, and an educator who lives and works in Los Angeles. O'Brien has spent 20+ years working with and organizing in communities for social justice. She was a founding member of Arts In Action, a Los Angeles political arts collective and has worked for CFJ, APALA, UCLA Labor Center, where she coordinated the Summer Internship Program. She holds an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. O'Brien was a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam in 2009. She returned to the U.S. and taught as a lecturer in Asian American Studies at UC Irvine, Claremont Colleges and UC Santa Barbara. Her films have screened at film festivals internationally including her most recent short film For The Love of Unicorns.

O'Brien was a recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and Center for Cultural Innovation's Creative Economic Development Fund. In 2016 she went to Hanoi, Vietnam as a US Dept. of State/ZERO1 American Arts Incubator Artist for a project highlighting LGBTQ visibility and equality. Her newest work More Than Love on the Horizon: West Coast Remix and Sugar Rebels were recently commissioned and presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. More Than Love on the Horizon hologram installation has been presented in San Jose, New York city and San Jose. Sugar Rebels has been performed and installed at the Hammer Museum, the Cathartic Carnival, and was installed at SOMArts as part of Shifting Movements: Honoring the life and activism of Yuri Kochiyama.

O'Brien is a trainer with Center for Story-based Strategy working with social justice organizations nationwide to harness the power of narrative for social change. more info at

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