Yoko Okumura (she/her) is a writer and director who loves to tell rebellious stories and thrives in the intersection of grit and glamour.
She directed the feature thriller UNSEEN for BLUMHOUSE, and episodes of BALL OF TWINE for the horror anthology Sam Raimi's 50 STATES OF FRIGHT. Yoko has also directed numerous episodes of GOOD TROUBLE and THE BOLD TYPE.
Yoko is currently an APPLE TV Directing Program participant, as one of three mid-career directors selected out of 1600 applicants. She is also a sponsored director under the WOMEN IN FILM + SUNDANCE Reframe Rise Program. She has also participated in top directing initiatives such as the WARNER BROTHERS Directing Workshop, RYAN MURPHY Half Initiative, and the FOX Directing Program. Her films have won numerous accolades including a DGA Award, a Webby and an Austin Film Festival Jury Award.
Yoko also participated the WIF/Sundance Institute Financing Intensive, was awarded the Vimeo Small Business Grant. Her various doc work has been selected for the Vimeo Staff Pick numerous times.
Yoko has a BFA from CALARTS and an MFA from the AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE, and lives in Los Angeles.
Born in a Buddhist temple in Japan and raised in the frostbite of Minneapolis.
When not working in media arts Yoko dabbles in fire dancing, aerial arts and would love to learn how to do a backflip.