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Congratulations to Tony Nominated Artists who have worked with Ma-Yi!


Ben Stanton

Best Lighting Design for a Musical, Spring Awakening

Ma-Yi productions: The Romance of Magno Rubio, Rescue Me(A Postmodern Classic)


Justin Townsend

Best Lighting Design for a Musical, American Psycho
Best Lighting Design for a Play, The Humans

Ma-Yi productions: Savage Acts


Clint Ramos

Best Costume Design for a Play, Eclipsed

Ma-Yi productions: I Land, The Romance of Magno Rubio, microcriss, The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness, Trial by Water


Japhy Weideman (lighting)

Best Musical, Bright Star

Ma-Yi productions: microcrisis, The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness, No Foreigners Beyond This Point

Visit here to see the full list of nominees

Kimber Lee New Play Reading @ The Lark


Writers Lab member Kimber Lee will be having a reading of her new play to the yellow house as part of The Lark’s Studio Retreat Reading series from June 06 – 07, 2016.

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1888. Paris and Provence.
A failing artist in desperate pursuit of a new way of seeing, haunted by his past, and hoping to remake his future in the color and light of the south. At what point in an endless cycle of failures does faith and persistence become delusion and foolishness? A meditation on love, art, and not being popular.


Congratulations to Mia Katigbak, Rehana Lew Mirza, and NAATCO!


Last night The Lilly Awards honored extraordinary contributions in American Theater by women including National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO) Artistic Producing Director Mia Katigbak and Ma-Yi Writers Lab member Rehana Lew Mirza.

Congratulations to all of the honorees!

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NAATCO received The 2016 Ross Wetzsteon Award and Grant at the 2016 OBIE Awards last night! Congratulations to our longtime friends!

See the full list of award recipients at

New Partnership with NYC Center for Youth Employment

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Last week NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray announced internship partnerships with numerous companies in New York City. Over 120 companies in various industries have signed up as partners in this program. Out of the companies in the Media/Entertainment Industry, Ma-Yi Theater Company is one of the few theatre companies participating in this initiative to provide unique work experiences for young people.

During the summer, Ma-Yi Theater Company will host two young professionals interested in learning about and working in the not-for-profit theatre industry. We are thrilled for this opportunity to shape young leaders in arts administration and provide a strong foundation for their careers. Previous interns at Ma-Yi Theatre Company have found full-time employment within and beyond the theatre industry in New York City and,with the help of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and leaders, we will continue putting our interns on a path towards success.

Read the full announcement here


Reading of New Play by Resident Ma-Yi Playwright

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Rehana Lew Mirza, one of Ma-Yi Theater Company’s new playwrights in-residence, will be having a reading of one of her new plays as part of Primary Stages Fresh Ink Reading Series 2016.


All readings are free and open to the public.



by Rehana Lew Mirza, directed by Lucie Tiberghien
Thursday May 26th at 4:00PM


Local Michigan lit prof seeks out famous Muslim-American novelist to find out if he’s an Islamophobe, a rube, or a really good lay.

@Primary Stages Studios, 307 West 38th Street, Ste 1510

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Susan Soon He Stanton: Readings of 2 New Plays in NYC

See new work by Susan Soon He Stanton , a member of our Writers Lab, this month in New York City!

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An intimate, political journey through the secret inner-workings of a boutique hotel and the diverse international of hospitality workers who serve the wealthy, wayward guests.

a part of
The Civilians R&D Group
FINDINGS, A series of new works.

By Susan Soon He Stanton
Director Sash Bischoff

Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:30 PM
138 S. Oxford St.
in Studio G
Brooklyn, New York



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A girl named Bitna, 11, lives in Murdo with her father Paul who is desert Storm Vet, a hoarder, and possibly the town’s final resident.

A part of the Fresh Ink Series at Primary Stages.

By Susan Soon He Stanton
Director Danya Taymore

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 4:00PM
Primary Stages Studios
307 West 38th Street, Suite 1510


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New study reveals minority actors winning more roles

by Nandita Shenoy | Photo: Isaiah Tanenbaum


The Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) released new study on diversity in New York City theatre.

During the 2014-2015 season over 30% of roles at prominent New York City theaters went to minority actors, the highest percentage recorded in the past nine years. This study does not include the current Broadway season which as been heralded as the most diverse season in history.

Read the coverage in The New York Times.

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Beyond Orientalism: A Manifesto for Visibility

Members of the Asian American Performers Coalition, including Labbie Nandita Shenoy, read a manifesto created by Asian Pacific American theatre artists at Beyond Orientalism: The Forum held at Fordham University on May 02, 2016.

The forum was presented by the Asian American Arts Alliance, Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

View a recording of the live stream here.

See photos of the forum here.

Check out the highlights from the #MyYellowFaceStory twitter intiative here.

Join the conversation about Asian representation in theatre!

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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.

Labbie Lloyd Suh and HOUSE RULES cast member Mia Katigbak are on the panel.

Be a part of the conversation online, check out the hashtag campaign: #MyYellowFaceStory




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