CAATA Keynote Speakers Announced for National Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival

Final week for ConFest passes!
CAATA ConFest is just around the corner and we are counting down the days until Ashland!
A ConFest pass is the best and only way to catch all 6 CAATA-presented shows, 5 new play readings, conference sessions, networking parties and special events. Don’t miss out – ConFest passes are only available through next Wednesday, August 31.
Beginning September 1, Conference Only and Single Day passes will be available for purchase. Single tickets for CAATA presented shows and new play readings will also be available September 1 on a very limited basis, directly through the Oregon Shakespeare Festival website.
Use the CAATA website to make show selections and book accommodations, and read about two of our featured keynote speakers below!
Roberta Uno. CAATA

Keynote Speaker

Monday, October 1, 9:30am
Born in Honolulu and raised in Los Angeles, Roberta Uno is a theater director, writer, and national arts leader. She is the Director of Arts in a Changing America, a national project on changing demographics and the arts based at CalArts. She was the Senior Program Officer for Arts and Culture at the Ford Foundation 2002-2015. From 1979-2002, she was the founder and Artistic Director of the New WORLD Theater, a theater dedicated to the work of artists of color, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Professor of Directing and Dramaturgy in the university’s Department of Theater.
A member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, her directing and dramaturgy credits span over three decades, working with a range of artists including James Baldwin, Alice Childress, Chitra Divakaruni, Mark Bamuthi Joseph, thúy le, Pearl Primus, Dawn Saito, Sekou Sundiata, Keo Woolford, and William Yellow Robe Jr. She is currently directing the development of a new plays by Dionna Danielle and Dahlak Brathwaite.
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Keynote Speaker
Wednesday, October 5, 9:30am
Karen Narasaki is a civil rights attorney, an American civil rights leader and a human rights activist. In July 2014 President Barack Obama appointed Narasaki to serve as a Commissioner on the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
She is the former president and executive director of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. Advancing Justice | AAJC is a Washington D.C-based, nonprofit civil rights organization whose mission is to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans through advocacy, public policy, public education and litigation. Prior to her post at AAJC, she served as the Washington, D.C. representative to the Japanese American Citizens League. Narasaki is also currently Chair of the Asian American Diversity Advisory Council for Comcast/NBCU and Co-Chair of the Asian American Advisory Council for Nielsen.


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