PAPR is a Seattle-based PR company created specifically to support performing artists. Founded by Mariko Nagashima in 2017, PAPR provides services tailored to each artists’ individual needs in order to effectively market their work and expand their audience base. With an extensive background in dance, writing, and editing, Mariko is experienced at translating movement into print and creating compelling narratives to promote performance-based art. Mariko works collaboratively with artists to understand their creative vision and strives to articulate that vision as clearly and concisely as possible. As an artist herself, Mariko understands the needs of working artists today as well as the complexities of media outlets, and acts as a liaison between artists and the press.
Mariko earned her BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah in 2010, and promptly moved to the Northwest where she immersed herself in the Seattle dance world. Mariko currently performs with several local dance companies; teaches ballet for adults, teens, and children; and manages PR and Communications for Folio: the Seattle Athenaeum. She worked as both a contributing writer and the Editorial Director of the website SeattleDances from 2011-2016, and her writing has been featured on Stance on Dance and the Dance Critics Association News.