Michael Schuster

Curator, EWC Gallery, Arts Program
SchusteM [at] EastWestCenter.org
Ph.D. in Asian Theater, University of Hawaii
Area of Expertise: 

Art of Asia and the Pacific; South and Southeast Asian culture; Asian theater and puppetry

Michael Schuster is curator of the East-West Center Gallery. A specialist on arts of Asia and the Pacific, he served as folk arts coordinator for the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (1999-2002). He has studied Asia Pacific arts for 30 years, training with master artists from India, Burma, Indonesia and Japan. He has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Western State Arts Federation, and currently serves on the advisory panel for community outreach at Shangri La, owned by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. He holds a Ph.D. in Asian theater from the University of Hawai‘i.


  • Executive producer and videographer for A Living Heritage

  • Executive producer and writer for Pacific Visions, for Public Radio

  • Visible Puppets and Hidden Puppeteers: Indian Gombeyata Puppetry