- Call for scripts
Cuchipinoy Productions is accepting plays from NY area playwrights for a reading series in February (with possible production later in the year). We are looking for full length or one-act plays that lend themselves well to colorblind casting.
Please submit scripts either by email in Word or Wordperfect format to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
419 Elmora Ave
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Please include a resume with the submission.
- Call for performers
PERFORMING ARTS TRAINING PROGRAM
a 12-week theater program for interested, dedicated, engaged and emerging Pilipino American
writers - dancers - poets - actors - spoken word/artists
(18 to 25 yrs. old)
CREATE and PERFORM an original multidisciplinary work that will explore the complexities of growing up Pilipino in urban America.
Anchored in the traditional Singkil dance (where a prince and a princess dance dangerously in and out of four clapping bamboo poles) and the poetic storytelling tradition of balagtasan and bayok forms, the new work will be a re-contextualization of the ancient myth.
Through rigorous training with young professionals, we will investigate self-image and cultural identity and will blend elements of poetry, movement and theater to create our own adaptation.
Application Deadline: December 23, 2002
Notification January 3rd, 2003
Interviews January 7th thru January 12th, 2003.
Send to: Kularts 474 Faxon Ave. SF, CA 94112
For Application form contact: email@example.com call:415.239.0249 visit&
download application: www.kularts.org
Ten (10) artists will be selected and paid a stipend to participate.
February 3rd to April 28th: Classes and rehearsals will take place 8-10 hours per week (evenings/weekends). The 12-week process will culminate in a production at a professional venue April 25-27, 2003.
Made possible by the generous support of California Arts Council Next Generation Program.
Visit us on the web at www.kularts.org
- Playwrighting contest!
The Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia announces its upcoming Residency Prize in Stage Play Competition, awarding prize money to a playwright for an unproduced, unpublished full length stage play.
The prize includes a one-month residency at UBC. While on campus, the winning playwright will mentor Creative Writing students, work with Theatre students and faculty on the development of the play for performance, and deliver the Stage Play Residency Lecture.
The winning play will be published by PRISM international, Creative Writing's literary magazine, with a public performance to be presented by Theatre at UBC.
This is the second competition of its kind at UBC. The first, held in the spring of 2000, saw Damien Atkins' Good Mother win the competition. Mr. Atkins' grand prize included a one-month Writer-in-Residency at UBC in the fall of 2001. The play was produced at the Telus Studio Theatre as part of the UBC Theatre Programâs regular season. It also went on to be produced at the Stratford Theatre Festival.
For information, including complete rules and regulations, please visit our website at www.creativewriting.ubc.ca/events/resprize
- Attention Graphic Designers!
AATC Announces a New Logo Contest:
New Logo Represents 30th Anniversary and New Beginning for Asian American Theater Company
Deadline, Jan 15th.
Guidelines: The logo/design scheme should creatively express the mission and
vision of the Asian American Theater Company; we are looking for a design that symbolizes the legacy, artistic innovation, and national scope of AATC (visit website for Mission and History: http://www.asianamericantheater.org).
Please submit a one or two-color logo/design scheme (please also submit a black & white/grayscale version); you may submit a logo alone, or a logo and design scheme (for website, brochures, letterhead, etc.). The winning designer will be honored at our 30th Anniversary Gala, where we will unveil the new design, and on brochures and the website. This contest is open to all levels of artists. We especially encourage submissions by Asian Pacific American artists.
Submission format: Please mail hard copies on white paper. Please include your full name and contact information with submission. Submissions will not be returned.
Please send submissions to:
690 Fifth St., Suite 211
San Francisco CA 94107-1517
For more information, please contact AATC at 415-543-5738 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oh, did you note...
New contact info for AATC:
Asian American Theater Company
690 Fifth Street, Suite 211
San Francisco, CA 94107-1517
- New book out!
The Color of Theater: Race, Culture, and Contemporary Performance
Edited by Roberta Uno with Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns
A provocative collection presenting a range of essays, interviews, and performance texts that illustrate and examine the process, evolution, and dynamics of making theater in the dawning moments of the twenty-first century.
Congratulations to Jeanne Sakata for being one of three Ovation winners (Los Angeles) for best Lead Actress in a Play. Jeanne was awarded best actress for her work in RED by Chay Yew, where she portrayed male Beijing opera star Master Hua. Actress Jodi Long was also recognized for best Featured Actress in a Musical for her work in FLOWER DRUM SONG at the Mark Taper Forum. Kudos to all the Asian Pacific American artists who were nominated this year.
East West Players was honored on Sunday, Dec. 1 by the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, southern Californiaís largest provider of HIV/AIDS services to Asians and Pacific Islanders, as the organization observes World AIDS Day by presenting A Journey to Hope in Little Tokyo. World AIDS Day is an occasion to remember millions of people who have died of the disease worldwide. Other awardees include EWP actor Rodney Kageyama, activist Gil Mongaoang and Red Dragon nightclub. Performers include EWP artists John Cho, Alec Mapa, Deb Nishimura and the Hawaiian dance troupe Halau Hula 'O Napualani.
- The Revue takes Manhattan! (And they make him give it right back....)
Last Month, the Revue went to Manhattan for a few shows...
Thoroughly Modern Millie
the Broadway opening of Flower Drum Song
and the Asian American Writers Workshop
- East West presents The Tempest
USA Today reports the Disney is developing a musical theatre version of their Tarzan property...with book by David Henry Hwang.
[Ummm....guys....remember one of your other properties....Mulan...what about that? Oh, yeah, that's right...all Asian casts will never make it on Broadway... you need white leads to make it...]
Latest Broadway grosses shows that the new version of Flower Drum Song is hanging in there in the top box office grosses on Broadway, showing encouraging strength in the face of the oncoming holidays.While it remains to be seen how the show will last through the traditionally lean months of January and February, advance ticket sales may be keep the show on top.
[Ummm....there isn't enough Asian talent in the country to have two shows on Broadway...yeah, that's right...not enough talent...How do we know there isn't enough talent? Well, there's never been two shows with Asian casts on Broadway...yeah, that's right....]
- Enrollment now open for EWP Actors Conservatory winter classes
- November 9, San Francisco: Forbidden City, U.S.A. DVD Launch Party
Celebrate the DVD launch of Arthur Dong's "Forbidden City, U.S.A." with a rare film presentation of the documentary on the big screen and special appearances by over one dozen original Forbidden City Nightclub entertainers.
Winner of over 15 international film excellence awards, including Best Documentary of the Decade at the Hawai'i International Film Festival (shared award), critics raved: "This programs SWINGS!" -Walter Goodman, New York Times. "EXUBERANT! Touches the heart and packs a tremendous amount of entertainment into a fond glance back at the fabled all-Chinese Forbidden City nightclub on San Francisco's Sutter Street which became an international hot spot in the 30s and 40s." -Peter Stack, S.F. Chronicle.
Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department and the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University, this gala event is a benefit for Asian American Student activities at SFSU.
- For Lesbian Playwrights of Color
A free intensive workshop for lesbian playwrights of color. It's facilitated by Maria Irene Fornes and will be held the first two weekends of December. She's an amazing playwright (9 Obies) and incredible teacher. Co-sponsoring with MACHA Theatre Company which is hoping to ultimately produce some of the work from the workshop. There is an application process, but it's open to writers at all levels. Anyone interested could contact Mary Casey at 310-444-7794.
- In memoriam: Beulah Quo
Beulah Quo, a film and TV character actress who co-founded East West Players in the 1960s, died of heart failure in October 23 in La Mesa, Calif. She was 79.
Quo, who was also a respected community leader, had roles in more than 20 feature films, including "Flower Drum Song," "Gypsy," "Girls! Girls! Girls!," "Chinatown," "Into the Night," "Bad Girls" and "MacArthur."
She received an Emmy nomination in 1978 for her performance as Tzu-hsi, dowager empress of China, in an episode of Steve Allen's "Meeting of Minds" series.
"As an actress, she blazed a trail in terms of the depiction of Asian American woman in the various roles she played, and she never accepted roles that might tarnish the Asian American image," said actor George Takei, a longtime friend who appeared with Quo on various TV shows and collaborated with her on other projects.
- Eyes peeled!
For this month's issue of Bitch magazine (issue 18!), featuring performing divas, Kristina Wong and Gennifer M. Hirano, their art and their politics.
- NWAAT Celebrates 30 years in Seattle
The Northwest Asian American Theatre (NWAAT) will mark its 30th Anniversary Year with a Gala Dinner and Silent Auction on Thursday, November 7, 2002...
- Job available at Wesleyan University
GREG PAK WINS SCREENPLAY AWARD
Filmmaker GREG PAK received the IFP PIPEDREAM SCREENPLAY AWARD. Pak's Rio Chino tells the story of a Chinese outlaw falling for the girlfriend of a Mexican bandito in the Old West. His award is worth $10,000.
- Internship available
PARAMOUNT CLASSICS IS SEEKING AN INTERN IN NEW YORK CITY.
To work for college credit, or possibly pay, but must be a student. 16-20 hours per week, fluent in Korean and English language, verbal and preferably written as well.
PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR OUTREACH TO KOREAN COMMUNITY -- IE. CULTURAL CLUBS, CHURCHES, STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS, KOREAN MEDIA OUTREACH, GRASS ROOTS MARKETING, INCLUDING ORGANIZING HANGING OF POSTERS, FLYERING, ORGANIZING SCREENINGS, E-MAIL CAMPAIGNS, ETC.
Intern will work out of agency office in New York, and will work directly with executive working on film as well as Paramount marketing/pr department.
Available to work screenings / events some evenings.
If interested in the please email Sfinmann@mprm.com
- East West Players nominated for 2 Theatre LA Ovation Awards
East West Players production of RED by Chay Yew collected two Theatre LA Ovation Award nominations, announced Sunday at the Palace Theater in Los Angeles. RED took home a nomination for best play in a larger theater and a best lead actress nod for long-time EWP actress Jeanne Sakata.
Other Asian American artists received recognition in the plays TERMINUS AMERICANA at Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, and FLOWER DRUM SONG and HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA at the Mark Taper Forum.
Asian American Arts Spotlight
I Am Going to Like It Here: Asian Americans in New York Theater
Tisa Chang, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
Ping Chong, Ping Chong & Company
David Henry Hwang, Playwright, M. Butterfly, Flower Drum Song
Mia Katigbak, National Asian American Theater Company
Chiori Miyagawa, Crossing Jamaica Avenue Theater Company
Jon Nakagawa, Contemporary Programming, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
Diane Paulus, Project 400, The Donkey Show, Swimming With Watermelons
Ralph Peña, Ma-Yi Theater Company
Welly Yang, Second Generation
Moderator: Terry Hong, Arts Writer
Monday, October 7th, 2002
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, located in the Rose Building at Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th Street (Broadway)
Asian American theater flourishes in New York City with major theater companies exploring culturally specific and/or discipline-centered work. New Yorks largest Asian American theater companies and most successful theater professionals gather to investigate what a career in this industry has meant for them personally and to the community at large. Topics to be discussed include the pros and cons of being in or out of Asian American theater productions, the realities of getting an Asian American show up both off and on Broadway, who the audience is for Asian American theater and what they go to see.
- Yoon's Yoko Ono Project now a book
Broken Jaw Press and Velvet Touch Books are proud to announce the publication of Jean Yoon's critically-acclaimed play The Yoko Ono Project
Jean Yoon's The Yoko Ono Project debuted to critical acclaim and packed houses in Toronto in 2000. Critics called the play "ambitious", "playful", and "a ground-breaking look at what it means to be an Asian woman in contemporary North America". The Yoko Ono Project went on to a successful production in Vancouver, earning 4 Jesse nominations. Broken Jaw Press and Velvet Touch Books are pleased to publish this vital, hilarious play - complete with several reproductions of Yoko Ono's art, graciously granted by the Yoko Ono studio.
- Lodestone youth sponsorship
It's that time again--Lodestone Theatre Ensemble is doing another show. That means we're going to be asking people to see if they can donate money so we can subsidize tickets for the various teen groups we work with to come see the show for free. We've already got about 30-40 teens from the Chinatown Service Center and Asian Pacific Health Care Venture who are planning to see our play (Freak Storm by Matt Pelfrey) and we want to provide free, subsidized tickets for them.We are also trying to raise money to pay stipends for some local high school students to come intern on the show. If you or anyone you know want to give a donation in any amount, it will help toward this goal.
- East West's Queen of the Remote Control
- 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors Get On the Bus!
The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors and Asian American Theater Company (in it 30th anniversary season) present the world premiere of 18 MMW's Spike Rhee's 'Get on the Bus',
- Heads up! Ma-Yi Theatre has moved!
Ma-Yi Theater Company is in its new offices at:
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, New York 10018
Phone: (212) 971-4863
This season also marks our move into an Equity Letter of Agreement Contract. We're happy we can finally help artists get health and pension benefits through their respective unions. Thank you all for your support.
- Call for crew!
Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, an Asian American theatre co. based in L.A., is looking for some creative crew personnel to help on our next mainstage production of Matt Pelfrey's play "Freak Storm" to be directed by Kipp Shiotani. The play will run Oct. 12-Nov. 17 at the Victory Theatre in Burbank. We are mainly looking to fill the following positions: stage manager, set designer and technical director/master carpenter, however, we're always looking for people to come out and help in any capacity. There is a small stipend for each position, but this is mainly an opportunity to work and collaborate with other Asian American artists with a commitment to doing provocative and edgy work. Please e-mail me directly if you'd like to get involved.
- Funds for travel by artists available
Check it out!
For Flipzoids, by Ralph Pena. Roles are
REDFORD - Teenage Gen-X Renegade
VANGIE - Middle Age Nurse
AYING - Grandmother
WHEN: September 14, Saturday
10 AM to 1PM
September 21, Saturday
10 AM to 12NN
WHERE: The Village @ Ed Gould Plaza
Room # 225
1125 north McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(1 block east of highland, between santa monica boulevard and fountain)
WHAT TO PREPARE: A choice of contemporary monologue not more than 10 minutes. Please bring in your most recent headshot.
Sides for the auditions may be picked up by appointment only starting monday, September 9 at APAIT. APAIT is located at 605 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 610, Los Angeles, CA. To set up an appointment to pick up the sides you are auditioning for, please call Ren Laforteza @ 213-401-2085 or 323-653-8826.
Rehearsals starts December 2002. PLaydates are February and March 2003.
- Casting Call!
APA TV Magazine Pilot Auditions
(TV pilot, video)
An APA guide through all things fun and cultural on this side of the Pacific Rim-- entertainment, fashion, the arts, technology, food, personalities.
Location: San Francisco (no travel or lodging expenses for outside of area)
Audition dates: mid Sept.
Prod. Co.: Media Arts West
What: pilot for TV magazine
1 male role, Asian American, 25-35, co-host
1 female role, Asian American, 25-35, co-host
Both: high energy, articulate, good TVQ, able to interact/improvise w/ others on camera, tele-journalism experience a plus, but not necessary.
Contact method: e-mail resume, contact info and headshot to: email@example.com Selected audition participants will be asked to submit demo reel at audition
Compensation: stipend, copy of pilot
- Internships available
The FOX Diversity Development Department is offering semester-long NON PAYING/FOR CREDIT* internships for Cinema/TV, Communications, or Business majors. The internship offers an overall view of prime time broadcast television through assistance with Diversity's various programs for actors, writers, directors, vendors and schools. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for these internships.
* Please note that internship credits are also offered through West Los Angeles Community College and Santa Monica College.
- Call for Screeenplays!
FOX SPONSORS 2002 CAPE FOUNDATION NEW WRITERS AWARDS
FOX and the charitable non-profit Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) Foundation, Inc. announced today that FOX will underwrite the 2002 CAPE Foundation New Writers Awards, which will be bestowed to a winning screenwriter and a television writer at the CAPE Celebration Dinner in Los Angeles on Thursday, November 21, 2002. The deadline for entries is Friday, October 18, 2002. Submissions should contribute to and promote the diverse achievements of Asian Pacific Americans in entertainment, a primary goal of the CAPE Foundation.
The two winners of the CAPE Foundation New Writers Award will each receive a cash prize of $2500, writing software, a staged reading of their script, and opportunities to meet and pitch to a panel of seasoned entertainment executives. The first Screenwriting Award was given in 1999, and the first Television Writing Award was given in 2001.
For more information on the CAPE Foundation New Writers Awards rules and regulations, please visit the CAPE website at www.capeusa.org and click on the New Writers Awards banner or call (310) 278-2313.
Maura Donohue is teaching at Dance Space Center for TWO more weeks this month as part of the Modern Guest Artist Series.
M,W,F 10am-12pm Aug 19-30.
She'll be teaching again M-F Sep 15-20.
451 Broadway, 2nd Fl. www.dancespace.com.
Expansive Dance. Donohue blends traditional Asian and contemporary American movement styles aimed towards fostering dynamic and athletic dance. The class draws from yoga, karate, contact improv and release moving the dancers from the floor to air, upside down and sideways with fluidity and power.
- Showcasing Works by Filipino Artists
Exhibition hosted by the 1st Global Filipino Community Networking Convention.
- East West Announces New 2002-03 Season
- Related story: East West Casting for 2002-03 Season
- East West Now Enrolling for Writers' Institute
Contact Marilyn Tokuda at (213) 625-7000 x28 or email@example.com
- East West Announces Fall 2002 Conservatory
- Contact Marilyn Tokuda at (213) 625-7000 x28 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- East West Announces New Directors and Officers
Ladyfest Los Angeles - November 8-11, 2002
Ladyfest Los Angeles's Literary Committee is seeking poets and writers to read their work at Ladyfest Los Angeles.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR LITERARY EVENTS
Open to all styles and genres. Preference given to Southern California-based artists and artists whose work is concordant with Ladyfest's mission.
Please send the following:
1. LFLA general submission form (available for download
2. 3-5 poems or up to 5,000 words of prose
3. Audio and/or video recordings of past readings/spoken word performances (if available)
4. An SASE for response
Send submissions to:
LADYFEST LOS ANGELES
Attn: Literary Committee
P.O. Box 36345
Los Angeles, CA 90036
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS AUGUST 15, 2002
For folks who want a slightly more...rigorous...treatment of Asian American playwrights, check out this publication from the Greenwood Press.
- Roundtable on Asian American Theatre at The Asian American Writers' Workshop
A Roundtable on Asian American Theater
Three contemporary playwrights speak about the benefits and challenges facing Asian Americans working in theater. Moderated by Anantha Sudhakar and featuring
Co-founder of the South Asian American theater group, SALAAM! and winner of the first prize at the "Arts and Letters Prize In Drama" playwriting contest at Georgia State University for the play,"Fishing"
Author of MONSTER," which premiered in May at East West
Author of 99 Histories, recently produced at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City
Thursday, July 11th, 2002, 7 PM
The Asian American Writers' Workshop
16 West 32nd St., Suite 10A
b/t Broadway & 5th Ave
New York City
$5 suggested donation. Free for AAWW members.
Call 212-494-0061 or visit http://www.aaww.org for more information.
- Noted from the San Diego Tribune:
Asian American Repertory Theatre (AART) is moving out of its warm and welcoming home theater -- the Hiroshi McDonald Mori Performing Arts Center -- at 30th and Juniper in South Park. 6th @ Penn Theatre will remain and shift some of its operations to a new playhouse, also in Hillcrest, this fall.
"We ran into a roadblock down at the city Planning Department," said Arnold Marquez, producing director at AART. "We had a terrific (two-year) run here, and we hate to leave, but we can't upgrade the way we want and still meet city codes." Marquez said he and the board have been through all seven stages of grief, and now are on the other side with good news: AART, San Diego Black Ensemble and the Muse Theatre will join hands to open a larger new space, either in Hillcrest or south Mission Hills. They're visiting the sites -- one of which would have rentable rehearsal space -- with architects and contractors, and will decide on the new venue within six weeks.
- Report from the convening of California Asian American performing groups
Nearly 100 Asian Pacific American artists and arts administrators participated in the Regional Gatherings of the California Asian American and Pacific Islander Arts Network (CAAPIAN) in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 4, 2002...