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May 12-31, 2020



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Playwright, Ernest Abuba

Ernest is the recipient of an OBIE, five New York State Council on the Arts Fellowships for playwriting and directing, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, (CAPS) Creative Artist Public Service Award, Best Actor Focus Press Award. Broadway: Pacific Overtures, Shimada, Loose Ends, The King and I (National Tour), Zoya’s Apartment, dir. Boris Morozov; Maly Theatre. Regional/Off-Broadway roles: King Lear, MacBeth, Oberon, King Arthur, Autolycus, Chebutykin, James Tyrone, Lysander, Mishima, The Singer in Caucasian Chalk Circle, dir. Fritz Bennewitz; Berlin Ensemble. Author of Dojoji: The Man Inside The Bell, Kwatz! The Tibetan Project, Leir Rex, The Dowager Empress of China, An American Story, Eat A Bowl Of Tea, Night Stalker, and Papa-Boy, produced by Pan Asian Rep., La Mama E.T.C., and Asian American Theatre in San Francisco. Collaborated /performed Butoh with Shigeko Suga in Spleen, and Baudelaire: La Mort. Author of LEMON MOON, Chen and Dancers Co. Film/ TV: 12 Monkeys, dir. Terry Gilliam, King of New York, Call Me, New York Undercover, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. Director/Screenwriter: Mariana Bracetti, Arthur A. Schomburg, Asian American Railroad Strike, Iroquois Confederacy, Lilac Chen-Asian American Suffragette, and Osceola produced by PBS/CBS. Voice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the audio book The Art of Happiness. Most recently was The Oldest Boy at Lincoln Center, by Sarah Ruhl.

Composer, Louis Stewart

Louis is an internationally-renowned composer, conductor, teacher, and piano soloist. He currently serves as a Professor of Composition at the Berklee School of Musical, where he teaches orchestral conducting. Compositions: CAMBODIA AGONISTES (1992) and SHANGHAI LIL’S (1998) at Pan Asian Repertory Theatre; Currents for Brass Trio and Piano (Anchorage Festival of Music, 2016); Music for Panama City (premiere, Panama City Pops Orchestra, 2009); Trumpet Concerto (commissioned and premiered, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, 2005). Conducting: Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2017); Los Angeles Recording Orchestra (2013); Harbin University Conservatory Orchestra (China, 2011). Piano Soloist: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (Panama City Pops Orchetra, 2010); Gershwin’s Concerto in F (Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, 2009). Master of Music (New England Conservatory), Doctor of Musical Arts (Peabody Conservatory).

Director, Tisa Chang

Tisa has had an active career as an actress/dancer on Broadway/TV/films & as a director; directing credits including KWATZ! THE TIBETAN PROJECT, SAYONARA, and A DREAM OF RED PAVILIONS. She has been invited to China, Japan, India, Egypt, South Africa, and the former Soviet Union. Recent awards: 2018 Obie Awards Grant awarded to Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, 2017 feature in Theatre Communication Group (TCG)’s Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project, 2016 Visionary Award from East West Players, 2012 Visionary Award from Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, 2010 Community Legacy Award from Asian American Arts Alliance, & 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award from Organization of Chinese Americans. She is a Board member of Coalition of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA), Coalition of Theatres of Color (CTC) and a member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) & National Theatre Conference (NTC).