On Monday night, April 24th, at its semi-annual Membership meeting, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national theatrical union representing stage directors and choreographers across the United States, announced the 2016-2017 Top Ten “Standout Moments.”
Two of these moments were intimately connected with Asian American theatre:
Tisa Chang, Tim Dang, Leslie Ishii, Mia Katigbak, Meena Natajaran, Bill Rauch, and Randy Reyes for their work on the 5th National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival (ConFest) hosted by Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) and produced by the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA). The ConFest shared the highest number of Pan Asian Pacific Islanders (API) theatrical works ever produced on a single non-API theatre campus within one festival and one season in the United States and strengthened the Asian American Theatre Movement. The ConFest also convened the first Central/West Asian and Arab/Middle Eastern Artist Pre-Conference, as well as hosted the Beyond Orientalism Pre-Conference and National Cultural Navigation Theatre Project.
Chay Yew for the 2017-2018 Season at Victory Gardens Theater. All of the plays selected for production are written by women and will be directed by five directors, two of whom are women and three of whom are of color. This season is groundbreaking on a national level and thrilling for Chicago theatre.