We want to get you work!


We are updating our casting and technical/design database and would love to include you. This database will:

1.) Ensure that our casting and hiring processes have a wide, diverse reach that includes ALL ethnic backgrounds, gender and physical ability classifications. This will NOT BE USED TO EXCLUDE people, but rather help us better adhere to the principle of Equal Opportunity.

2.) Make sure we have to most current info for those of you we already know, and to open Ma-Yi’s doors to performers, designers, and technicians we have yet to work with.

3.) Be shared with other theater organizations on a cooperative basis, provided they pay not less than the hourly wage minimum of NY State. Our goal is to provide employment opportunities.

Below are links to 2 separate forms: Please choose the form that best describes your skill set. Each form takes no more than 5 minutes.



Feel free to forward this info anyone you think would be interested in signing up!


Ma-Yi Theater Company maintains a comprehensive list of Asian American performers, designers, and technical staff.

We can share this list with Agents, Casting Directors, Talent Managers, and Producers only for projects that are fairly compensating their artists, preferably union-sanctioned. While we support and understand the principles behind “laboring for love,” we are committed to helping artists make a living. For the vast majority of theater artists, “getting paid,” almost always means “underpaid.”

Please send an email to Casting@ma-yitheatre.org to request to access the Casting Database, including all of the following information: Agent/Agency/Project Title/Compensation Range/Sanctioning Union (SAG, AFTRA, AEA, USA, etc)



Ma-Yi Theater Company operates under Actors’ Equity Association contract. Equity Principal Auditions (EPAs) are held for each Main Stage production. Notices are posted on the Equity Callboard, in Backstage and other trade papers.



At this time, Ma-Yi Theater Company is not accepting unsolicited manuscripts. Our next few seasons are dedicated to producing the works of our Writers Lab. For more information about the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, please click here.

Rehearsal Space:

The Studio at 260 W 35th Street is available for outside rentals for non musical rehearsals and non performance readings and events. See more here.


Asian American actors have made important strides to increase their visibility in the last decade. The works of Asian American theater companies such as the National Asian American Theater Company, Pan Asian Repertory, East West Players, Second Generation, Desipina, Mu Performing Arts, Pangea Theater, and Ma-Yi help to open new doors for our community of actors.

But it’s not enough.

A recent survey conducted by New York-based AAPAC (Asian American Performers Action Coalition) found that in the last five years, Asian American actors made up a mere two percent (2%) of the total actors cast in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Two percent. In New York City alone, Asian Americans represent thirteen percent (13%) of the population. The 2010 Census identified more than 17 million Asian Americans living in the United States today. That represents 5.6% of the total U.S. population. Going by these numbers alone, it is clear that Asian Americans are woefully underrepresented in American Theater.

Diversity, however, is not a numbers game. It is about working together, and understanding that theater is enriched by inviting everyone to the stage.

We are not going to change prevailing attitudes overnight, or in a year, or even three years. This will be a protracted process that will require our vigilance and commitment to engage artistic leaders in constructive dialogues.

Take heart. Like every push for equality that has come before us, history is firmly on our side. Visit AAPAC.


Ma-Yi Theater Company
520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 309
New York, NY 10018


Ma-Yi Theater Company
Administrative Office
520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 309
New York, NY 10018
(212) 971-4862


Ralph B. Peña

Michael Lew & Rehana Lew Mirza

Sarah Hanlon sarah@ma-yitheatre.org

Josephine Barrios, PhD

Jerry Tower
GIBSON DUNN – Mark. S. Lichtenstein,

William A. Cook, M.D., Chair
Christopher Chorengel
Corrie Davidson
Jessica Dosch
Janel Grant
Justin Lim
Steven J. Litner
Cao K. O
Jorge Z. Ortoll
Ralph B. Peña

Loy Arcenas
Lydia Benitez Brown
Daphne Ceniza-Kuok
Curtis S. Chin
Ian Darnton-Hill, MD
Sony Dabao Salvador
Ronald Eames
Ernest L. Escaler
Mia Katigbak
Theresa Maja-Schultz
George Martel
Etan Merrick
Charlotte Newberger
Lily O’Boyle
Fabian Obispo
Ding Pajaron
Lori Pennay
Elizabeth Roxas-Dorbish
Lolita Valderrama Savage
Cristina Sison
Cristina Tabora
Francisca M. Tayag
Richard Upton
Ching Valdes-Aran

Ma-Yi Theater Company 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 309 New York, NY 10018 212.971.4862 info [at] ma-yitheatre.org