Dmae Roberts
Media Producer and Theater Artist
Portland, OR
2006 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.

Dmae Roberts is a playwright, journalist, and educator. She has written and produced more than 400 stories and audio art pieces for NPR and PRI. Her work is primarily autobiographical, informed by her biracial identity and her experiences growing up in the only interracial family in a small town in rural Oregon. Her documentaryMei Mei, a Daughter’s Songis a harrowing account of her mother’s childhood in Taiwan. She won a Peabody Award for the piece, and she has also received honors from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NEA, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Casey Medal, and the United Nations Silver Award. She received an Oregon Book Award for her playPicasso in the Back Seat. Roberts recently completedCrossing East, the first radio series on Asian American history. She is the executive producer of mediarites, a nonprofit organization dedicated to multicultural arts production in radio, theater, and educational outreach.

Portrait photo courtesy Julie Keefe.

  • Artwork by Dmae Roberts
    Mei Mei, a Daughter's Song, 1989, Dmae Roberts with parents, Chu-Yin and Bobby Roberts; photo courtesy the artist
Artwork by Dmae Roberts