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"Art in Motion or AIM is a podcast that spotlights contemporary BIPOC artists and creatives. AIM is a space for creatives to share their journey, stories, and lived experiences from their own perspectives. Chapter 1: Taking AIM at Only in San José during the San José Constitutional Convention as residents take aim at amending their City Constitution. Each episode spotlights creatives who are working at the intersection of art and social justice with a relationship to San José, CA."


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AAPI Heritage Month

It's Asian American Pacific Islander Month and I encourage you to seek out some amazing AAPI artists and creators and support them. If you're here and would like to support, please consider being a patron of mine and visit ko-fi.com/tasialabastro

May 2022


Mar 26th-Apr 24th, 2022

City Lights Theatre Company, CA - I've long desired to help share this story and I'm grateful to finally get a chance, and with an unbelievable team! "It’s 1975, Saigon has fallen, and Quang and Tong should be grateful they’ve made it to the United States. But he lost his wife and she lost her brother. And Arkansas is way too weird. In this irreverent comedy told in Qui Nguyen’s audacious style, these two Vietnamese refugees try to find their way home, wherever that is. In the process, they just might find each other. Modern hip-hop meets 1970s America in an exciting mashup of history and cultures."

Show: TWELFTH NIGHT the musical

Dec 1st-Jan 15th, 2022

SF PLAYHOUSE, CA - Catch me in a musical adaption of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as Fabian! I join this incredible ensemble of actors for a night of fun, music, and shenanigans! "Twelfth Night is a rousing contemporary musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy about mistaken identity and self-discovery. On the twelfth day of Christmas, shipwrecked Viola washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess and falls hard for a Duke. As she navigates the gender confusion in all her roles, she finds her true self and true love in the process. Featuring an original jazz-funk score by Shaina Taub, Twelfth Night is a soulful shake-up of a Shakespearean classic, perfect for the 12th night of Christmas or any day of the year."

A collage of Tasi in different costumes from various shows

Multiverse of Gladness

TASI ALABASTRO is an Asian Pacific Islander and award-winning artist residing in California. Of the many things he believes in, he believes boredom is an essential part of the creative process and is always looking to explore that topic. He holds a special place in his heart for helping people bridge the gap between their ideas and execution; better 'done' than 'perfect' fuels his waking hours. He’s comfortable on-stage, on-camera, behind the camera, and wherever he might fit. That being said, he's also gained some weight during the Pandemic and tangentially learned which pants are better for work. Answer: None.

Recipient of the Silicon Valley Emerging Artist Laureate (2018) and the Leigh Weimer’s Emerging Artist Award (2019), Tasi has also been featured in the Silicon Valley Arts & Culture Magazine, CONTENT, and is a proud alumnus of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI). His work with Red Ladder Theatre Company involves facilitating workshops with marginalized communities; this includes incarcerated men and women in California Correction Facilities, Children on the spectrum, and homeless and runaway youth, all of which have been featured on KQED and Theatre Bay Area Magazine.

Tasi has also enjoyed the heck out of making content on Youtube, Twitch, and various social media platforms. His content and community can be described as goofy warm, casual, and oft-surprisingly insightful. 

If you would like to connect with him on projects, please use the contact form below to slide into the DMs.


May 2013 in Photography

1) We applied tarp to our rehearsal space for Jack Rabbit by Peter Hsieh (SJREAL). This is a shot of Eva, played by Hannah Rose, after she’s been beaten to a pulp by a Vampire Hunter. Don’t worry, we had a fight choreographer on site and no one was hurt…for the most part. 2) The San Jose Repertory Theatre had a production of Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, and part of the production were shadow puppets. Gina Marie Hayes was in charge of those dev

March 2013 in Photography

1) Carina captured looking wistful in two mirrors backstage. 2) Just a quick doodle of myself. 3) Weslei backstage going over his lines. Bindlestiff Studio’s backstage offers a few nocks and crannies to hide and focus. 4) During one of our breaks, I visited a local coffee shop and happened across this couple decompressing. 5) In between the full time job and doing a show in San Francisco, I try to find balance by playing some video games. This was the midnight release of Bios

February 2013 in Photography

February was a month of travel. I did a lot of train commuting from San Jose to San Francisco for rehearsals for A Kind of Sad Love Story. Without fail, I came out with a handful of photos that represented the month quite well. Lone commuter waiting for Caltrain. On the beat. Sixth and Howard, San Francisco. Actor, Weslei Cabrillo, in rehearsal for A Kind of Sad Love Story. Location: Bindlestiff Studios, San Francisco #photography #postaday2013 #publictransportation #monthinp

What is cue to cue?

Or in short, Q2Q. And according to Wikipedia (hah): A cue-to-cue is when the sound and lights are run with certain parts of scenes within the production. Usually a scene will start with the first few lines and then skip to the lines and staged blocking for the next cue. This whole process can take many hours, and though it is beneficial for all aspects of production, it can become very tedious. They have been known to run long hours, mainly due to multiple runs of the show wi


To flourish. I like engaging in all manners of creative activity. It is the water to my seed, my growth factor, my balance. Last week I had the opportunity to shoot some portraits with some friends. I met Fleur through a good friend of mine, Liz (a guest blogger of mine), over a year ago and it felt like no time had passed. I started the day with a modest breakfast (hah)- this ridiculous taco, from The Iron Cactus. It was definitely quantity over quality with this little fell

A week in photos

I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to start a “A week in photos” series! I usually enjoy sharing photos I’ve taken with my dSLR, but if you’re with me on Twitter/Facebook, you’d notice that I like posting photos via Instagram (which took some self-convincing to do) throughout the week. Really, a lot of it stems from the daily commute and adventures around the city. So, if you’re into that kind of stuff, tune in! You can catch my other pieces here on my Flickr: http://ww

Three reasons I avoided Instagr.am (and why I caved in)

As Anakin Skywalker was powerless (agonizing irony, I might add) when turning to the Dark Side, so to am I, locked in a internal battle with a little app called INSTAGR.AM. After much deliberation it came down to three reason (excuses?) why I avoided it like the plague. Firstly, It was difficult for me to get behind an app that required no post-photo-editing skill/knowledge to render what would most likely be a lackluster image, into something masterful. Goading the viewer to

SubZERO 2011 was HOT!

Where does the time go? It felt like only yesterday I was in attendance of the very first SubZERO Festival (presented by Zero1 and South FIRST FRIDAYS) and it was nothing more than a strip of rag-tag street vendors with a handful of trinkets to share and sell. The art galleries that peppered South First street flung their doors wide open for the public to filter through and get an idea of what the local artists are up to. Flash forward to the present, art galleries are still

The interwebs still holds that magic…

As I was skimming through my Tumblr dashboard, I came across this magical piece of perfect timing (and posting). I felt compelled to share it with you here! Please, discuss. What you're seeing are two different Tumblr (that I follow) posting photos --it just happened to produce this. #juxtapose #luck #photography #glamourphotography #internet #tumblr #blackandwhite

Everything in moderation…

…is something I didn’t think I’d be applying to productiveness. But there it is, I’ve said it. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. But hold on a tick, to what am I referring to? Ah, please accept my apology for dropping you into the fire, so to speak. Alright, follow along and perhaps you can suggest a remedy for me. If it’s a remedy I should need, that is. October and November have been blessed me with opportunities to finally work on some personal growth, both in th


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