2016 Parade Marshal
Parade Marshal – Brittany Ishibashi
Brittany Ishibashi can be seen co-starring as Karai in Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” a sequel to the summer 2014 blockbuster that premiered nationwide on June 3, 2016. The film, which also stars Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Laura Linney, Tyler Perry, and Will Arnett, follows the turtles once again as they come into conflict with T.C.R.I. scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman [Perry], The Foot Clan, and the return of their enemy, The Shredder. Ishibashi shines as Karai, a highly trained ninja assassin and the leader of the notorious Foot Clan, who is also Shredder’s right hand woman who will stop at nothing to carry out his plan.
Born and raised in Orange County, California Ishibashi was raised in a home filled with the arts. Her father, a concert promoter and musician, and mother, a singer, saw their daughter’s love for performing and encouraged her to try her hand in many facets of the entertainment world. Ishibashi discovered her passion for musical theater at a young age, and went on to be a triple threat- excelling in dance, music, and acting. She continued her formal education at UCLA’s prestigious school of Theatre, Film, and Television, while building her acting resume outside of class. Her first big break came right after she graduated from high school, being cast by J.J. Abrams on the Golden Globe Award winning series “Felicity.”
Ishibashi has gone on to work consistently over the years with recurring and guest star roles on over three dozen television series including: “The Office,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House M.D.” “The Mentalist,” “Emily Owens M.D.” “Bones,” “Castle,” “Major Crimes,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Young & Hungry,” and “Supernatural.” After an exciting debut at Comic-Con, Ishibashi reprised her role as Maggie Zeddmore in the “Supernatural” spinoff “Ghostfacers,” which has developed a worldwide fan base. Ishibashi might be best known however for her role as Anne Ogami on USA Network’s Golden Globe and Emmy nominated series “Political Animals.” She was a scene stealer as the bright, beautiful interior designer whose distress is quietly mounting, as the pressures of life in a family of political animals begin to take their toll. On the film and multimedia front Ishibashi has worked on nearly two dozen projects, some of which were under the direction of Joan Scheckel, Robert Redford, and Danny DeVito.
Aside from working in front of the camera, Ishibashi has a passion for producing innovative, engaging content. She launched her production company Mana Moments in 2015, which focuses on comedic, female driven content.
When she’s not on set, Ishibashi can be found training in Tae Kwon Do (she’s a black belt). She also loves to spend time with her family and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband Jeff, and their son Kai.
Ishibashi’s family has always held a strong tie to the Japanese American community. Her grandmother, Mary Nomura, is notably remembered as the “Songbird of Manzanar” among the Nisei, performing as a teenager during their family’s internment at the Manzanar internment camp. Her grandmother, along with Ishibashi’s sister, Brianna, and mother, Lisa, sang at the Nisei Week Coronation in 2005. In addition, Ishibashi has several family members (Kimberly Hayashi, Kristyn Hayashi, & Erin Nomura) who have represented the Southern California Japanese American community as part of the Nisei Week Queen and Court program.