Join the conversation about Asian representation in theatre!
The Asian American Arts Alliance, Aapac – Asian American Performers Action Coalition, Theatre Communications Group, and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts in association with Fordham University Theatre Program are launching a national initiative to advance race equity in the theatre and increase the representation of Asian Americans in the field.
How can we as a community advance race equity in the theater? How do we agree to work together to address yellowface and brownface? Join the FREE and PUBLIC forum on Monday, May 2nd to explore these vital questions.
Be a part of the conversation online, check out the hashtag campaign: #MyYellowFaceStory
Congratulations to our new playwrights in residence!
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and HowlRound announced today several grants awarded to support playwright residency at 18 theater across the United States through the National Playwright Residency Program.
We are proud to announce that two of our Writers Lab members, Michael Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza, will receive three years of full-time salary and benefits as new playwrights in residence at Ma-Yi Theater Company. In addition to various workshops and readings, both Mike (Bike America, 2013) and Rehana (Soldier X, 2015) have had their plays featured on our mainstage.
Get to know us and our writers in a new TDF video!
Learn about our company and the Asian-American writers who tell every kind of story!
This film features artistic director Ralph B. Peña, as well as Jorge Z. Ortoll, A. Rey Pamatmat, Ching Valdes-Aran, and Etan Merrick.
This film was produced and directed by Mark Blankenship, TDF‘s Associate Director of Online Presence. It was shot and edited by Nicholas Guldner.
A Special Message from Our Executive Director
The idea of Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA) was germinated at a three-day retreat convened by Theater Communications Group (TCG) of Theaters of Color from around the nation. Asian American, Latin@, and African American theater makers met at White Oak, Jacksonville, FL on September 2003.
At a breakout session of Asian American theaters, Tim Dang of East West Players suggested a bi-annual Asian American theater conference to be launched in conjunction with East West’s 40th Anniversary in 2006. Theater Mu’s Rick Shiomi, Pan Asian Repertory Theater’s Tisa Chang, Ma-Yi Theater Company’s Jorge Ortoll, National Asian American Theater Company’s (NAATCO) Mia Katigbak, East West’s Tim Dang and Stefanie Wong, and Pangea World Theater’s Dipankar Mukherjee were present at White Oak.
Ma-Yi’s production of “The Wong Kids in The Secret of the Space Chupacabra GO!” | Photo: Dan Norman
In September 2006, Asian American theater practitioners – writers, directors, designers, producers, actors, academicians, and friends – assembled at the largest national convening of Asian American theater makers.
In June 2007, the First Asian American Theater Festival, headed by Ma-Yi, NAATCO and Pan Asian Rep, was held in New York City. Further conferences and festivals were held on alternative years in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and New York City.
In September 2014, Philadelphia’s Asian Arts Initiative hosted the Fourth Con/Fest – now merged Conference and Festival to a single larger event. The 5th CAATA ConFest will be hosted by Oregon Shakespeare Festival this year from October 1st to 8th in Ashland, Oregon.
Ma-Yi’s production of “HOUSE RULES” | Photo: Web Begole
Today we have an exciting national presence – CAATA shows the nation that Asian American theater artists are an integral part of the cultural tapestry of the nation. We are a fast growing demographic in the country with much to say and contribute to this vital national industry.
What initially sparked this idea at White Oak? The need for Solidarity, Communication, Networking, and Collaboration among ourselves and the entire national industry about the presence and excellence of Asian American theater artists. From that germ of an idea, CAATA and all the constituents its represents, now have an important and well known national presence.
Ma-Yi’s production “Chairs and a Long Table” | Photo: Web Begole
Please help support the National Asian American Theater Movement at Oregon Shakespeare Festival this October!
Visit CAATA’s INDIEGOGO page and make your contribution today.
Ma-Yi Theater Company
Jon Norman Schneider will play JJ in HOUSE RULES on April 7th
Jon Norman Schneider will play JJ (regularly played by Jeffrey Omura) in A. Rey Pamatmat‘s HOUSE RULES, a new play about two Filipino families adapting to the ever-changing rules of life and coping with the harsh reality that their parents will one day pass away, on April 07, 2016 at 8:30PM.
Jon was last seen in Mike Lew‘s Tiger Style! at the Alliance Theatre. Other NY credits include: Awake & Sing!(NAATCO/Public), The Oldest Boy (LCT), City Of (Playwrights Realm), The Architecture of Becoming (Women’s Project), A Map of Virtue (13P), Queens Boulevard (the musical) (Signature), Durango