Illya Sumanto

Country: Malaysia

Illya Sumanto is a Malaysian educator, theater producer, and shadow play creator who has staged performances across Southeast Asia, China, Germany, and Senegal. Currently based in Thailand, her activism in championing Wayang Kulit has attracted numerous schools worldwide to learn about the history and art of Southeast Asian shadow puppetry. Illya is also the Founder of Empathy For Youth Academy, a virtual school that aims to support young people through emotional literacy and empathic communication.

Illya Sumanto adalah seorang pendidik, produser teater, dan pencipta pentas wayang yang telah menampilkan berbagai pertunjukan di seluruh Asia Tenggara, Cina, Jerman, dan Senegal. Kini menetap di Thailand, aktivismenya dalam mempopulerkan Wayang Kulit telah menarik minat banyak sekali sekolah-sekolah di seluruh dunia untuk mempelajari sejarah dan seni wayang di Asia Tengara. Illya adalah pendiri Empathy For Youth Academy, sebuah sekolah virtual yang bertujuan mendukung anak-anak muda melalui kesadaran emosional dan komunikasi empatik.

Appearing in

Main Program | Southeast Asian Writers: Forging Literary Futures

What is it like to be a writer of Southeast Asian heritage today, and what direction are we headed in? How can writers break into other markets? What is the …

Music & Performances | Women’s Poetry Slam

Kick off your Festival with the Women’s Poetry Slam, where we’re looking for the most exquisite poems celebrating diversity and feminism. Whether in Bahasa Indonesia or English, free verse or …

Special Event | Prose, Poetry, and Poses: Yoga with Spoken Word

Join us at Yoga Barn for a session of restorative yoga that gracefully combines poses and poetry. This harmonious fusion of fluid movement and expressive prose will synchronize breath and …