Joan Jeffri, Traci DiGesu, Jessica Hernandez, Bobby Moreno, Cassey Kivnick. André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

In the Dressing Room with MANKIND’s André De Shields

Performances, Photography, Theater
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Two-time Tony Award nominee, Emmy Award and Obie Award winner André De Shields  turned 72 backstage at Playwrights Horizons on January 12th, where he is currently appearing in the world premiere of MANKIND, written and directed by two-time Obie Award winner Robert O’Hara.

Ariel Shafir, Anson Mount, Bobby Moreno and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Ariel Shafir, Anson Mount, Bobby Moreno and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

At places, he was surprised with a cake by his castmates Bobby Moreno, Anson Mount, Stephen Schnetzer, Ariel Shafir and David Ryan Smith.

MANKIND was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons with the support of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, January 28. Click here to buy tickets.

Joan Jeffri, Traci DiGesu, Jessica Hernandez, Bobby Moreno, Cassey Kivnick. André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Joan Jeffri, Traci DiGesu, Jessica Hernandez, Bobby Moreno, Cassey Kivnick. André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

After the show, several of his worlds collided in his dressing room including Joan Jeffri and Traci DiGesu from The Actors Fund of America, Emilya Cachapero and Jessica Hernandez from TCG, Lori Tan Chinn and Cassey Civnick from HALFTIME, and Garth Kravits.

During the run of MANKIND, De Shields has been in rehearsal, directing and choreographing the NJPAC and Crossroads Theatre Production of Ain’t Misbehavin’, and will head to NJPAC on Monday to tech. The cast includes Johmaalya Adelekan (Ragtime), Zurin Villanueva (Mean Girls and Shuffle Along), Rheaume Crenshaw (Groundhog Day), David Samuel (Ruined, Arena Stage), Borris York (Holiday Inn; Love Never Dies, U.S. tour), and musical direction from David Alan Bunn.

(Front Row) Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villanueva, Rheaume Crenshaw; (back row) David Samuel, André De Shields, Borris York. Photo by Lia Chang

(Front Row) Johmaalya Adelekan, Zurin Villanueva, Rheaume Crenshaw; (back row) David Samuel, André De Shields, Borris York. Photo by Lia Chang

Ain’t Misbehavin’ will be performed in NJPAC’s Victoria Theatre from Thursday February 1 to Sunday, February 4. NJPAC is located at 1 Center Street in the heart of Newark’s Arts District. The Center has convenient parking and mass transit options. For tickets, please visit http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/aint-misbehavin or call 1.888.GO.NJPAC.

Multimedia: In Rehearsal with Director/Choreographer André De Shields and the cast of Crossroads Theatre Company’s AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’

Ariel Shafir, Lia Chang, Bobby Moreno, Lori Tan Chinn, André De Shields, Cassey Civnick and Emilya Cachapero. Photo by Lia Chang

Ariel Shafir, Lia Chang, Bobby Moreno, Lori Tan Chinn, André De Shields, Cassey Civnick and Emilya Cachapero. Photo by Lia Chang

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Keelay Gipson, Teal Wicks, David Shih, Diana Oh, Julian Leong, Jon Norman Schneider, Daniel K. Isaac, Carlos Armesto and Jihae Park. Photo by Lia Chang

Jon Norman Schneider, Jiehae Park, Keelay Gipson, Julian Leong, Diana Oh, David Shih and Teal Wicks in Daniel K. Isaac’s OR OR OR &&& at The Actors Fund Arts Center

Photography, Theater

The Parsnip Ship & The Actors Fund presented a reading of Daniel K. Isaac’s first full length play, OR OR OR &&& at The Mark O’Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn on January 11th.

Keelay Gipson, David Shih, Teal Wicks, Jon Norman Schneider, Jihae Park, Julian Leong and Diana Oh. Photo by Lia Chang

Keelay Gipson, David Shih, Teal Wicks, Jon Norman Schneider, Jihae Park, Julian Leong and Diana Oh. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Carlos Armesto, the cast featured Jon Norman Schneider, Jiehae Park, Keelay Gipson, Julian Leong, Diana Oh, David Shih and Teal Wicks.

A genre-fucking play about unapologetic storytelling, family both born and chosen, and the messiness of intersectional identities, Daniel & Esther & Dragon journey through autobiography, imagination, & maybe the Korean War.

Keelay Gipson, Teal Wicks, David Shih, Diana Oh, Julian Leong, Jon Norman Schneider, Daniel K. Isaac, Carlos Armesto and Jihae Park. Photo by Lia Chang

Keelay Gipson, Teal Wicks, David Shih, Diana Oh, Julian Leong, Jon Norman Schneider, Daniel K. Isaac, Carlos Armesto and Jihae Park. Photo by Lia Chang

Daniel K. Isaac was born and raised in sunny Southern California. When he was in fifth grade, his mother heard a mortifying story about a preacher who went numb with stage fright and had to be escorted off the stage. Isaac was promptly signed up for Grace Korean Church’s theatre troupe and he’s been an actor ever since. After receiving his Bachelor’s in Theatre from the University of California – San Diego (UCSD), Isaac moved to not-always-sunny New York City where he’s been seen on large and small screens and stages. Some Film/TV Credits include: “Foshay” on The Jim Gaffigan Show (TV LAND), MONEY MONSTER (dir. Jodie Foster, with George Clooney and Julia Roberts), “Virgil” on Person of Interest (CBS, recurring), The Following (FOX), Believe (NBC, pilot), TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO) and  “Ben Kim” on SHOWTIME’s Billions (with Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis). Some upcoming projects include: Search Party (TBS), Crashing (HBO), Shades of Blue (NBC) and Drew (CBS, pilot). www.danielkisaac.com

THE PARSNIP SHIP – an intimate series of plays performed before live audiences and made accessible as a monthly podcast. Click here for the podcast air date.

The Parsnip Ship host Iyvon Edebiri, playwright Daniel K. Isaac and The Actors Fund's Ashley Theagene. Photo by Lia Chang

The Parsnip Ship host Iyvon Edebiri, playwright Daniel K. Isaac and The Actors Fund’s Ashley Theagene. Photo by Lia Chang

Hosted by Iyvon Edebiri, the series fosters community by exploring diverse perspectives and bringing awareness to inspiring voices. They program plays that challenge their listeners with innovative form and powerful content in new and unexpected ways. Recorded live the first Thursday of every month, and available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music.

Grant Chang, Peter Kim, Olivia Oguma, Jon Norman Schneider, Teresa Avia LIm, James Seol, Daniel K. Isaac and Lia Chang

Grant Chang, Peter Kim, Olivia Oguma, Jon Norman Schneider, Teresa Avia LIm, James Seol, Daniel K. Isaac and Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang Presents 2017 Kesselring Prize to Lauren Yee at National Arts Club 

Daniel K. Isaac Talks “Billions” and “According to My Mother” Screenings at Outfest and CAAMfest in March

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Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Jon Jon Briones, Nicholas Christopher, Eva Noblezada, Alistair Brammer, Laurence Connor, Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Eva Noblezada, Jon Jon Briones, Devin Ilaw, Christopher Vo, Billy Bustamante and More Bid Farewell to MISS SAIGON

Photography, Theater

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Tony nominated revival of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon played its final Broadway performance last night after 340 performances. Miss Saigon began previews on March 1st and opened on March 23rd. A North American tour is set for later this year.

After the final curtain, the cast, creative team and crew celebrated at The Dream Hotel.

Eva Noblezada, Edelle Rapada, Jon Jon Briones. Photo by Lia Chang

Eva Noblezada, Edelle Rapada, Jon Jon Briones. Photo by Lia Chang

Directed by Laurence Connor (the recent hit revival of LES MISERABLES, School of Rock), the Broadway return of Miss Saigon featured four of its London stars, Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi.

Jon Jon Briones, Nicholas Christopher, Eva Noblezada, Alistair Brammer, Laurence Connor, Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Jon Jon Briones, Nicholas Christopher, Eva Noblezada, Alistair Brammer, Laurence Connor, Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Miss Saigon tells the story of the last days of the Vietnam War, when 17 year-old Kim (Eva Noblezada) is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer (Jon Jon Briones). There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris (Alistair Brammer) but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he has fathered a son.

Lianah Sta. Ana, Tiffany Toh, Dorcas Leung. Photo by Lia Chang

Lianah Sta. Ana, Tiffany Toh, Dorcas Leung. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast for the final performance also included Dorcas Leung as Gigi, Katie Rose Clarke as Ellen, Nicholas Christopher as John, Devin Ilaw as Thuy.

The cast of MISS SAIGON. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of MISS SAIGON. Photo by Lia Chang

Also featured in the cast of Miss Saigon are Alexander Aguilar, Carol Angeli, Mike Baerga, Emily Bautista, Billy Bustamante, Jace Chen, Marcus Choi, Viveca Chow, Julian DeGuzman, Colby Dezelick, Taurean Everett, Paige Faure, Graham Scott Fleming, Casey Garvin, Nkrumah Gatling, Dan Horn, Lina Lee, Jonelle Margallo, Paul HeeSang Miller, Robert Pendilla, Edelle Rapada, Elie Rapada, Casey Lee Ross, Jason Sermonia, Julius Sermonia, Daniel Shin, Antoine L. Smith, Lianah Sta. Ana, Sam Strasfeld, Tiffany Toh, Kimberly-Ann Truong, Kei Tsuruharatani, Christopher Vo, Travis Ward-Osborne, Anna-Lee Wright, Jessica Wu, Warren Yang, and Minami Yusui.

Devin Ilaw on the set of MISS SAIGON at the Broadway Theatre in New York on January 14, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Devin Ilaw on the set of MISS SAIGON at the Broadway Theatre in New York on January 14, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Devin Ilaw, Brandon Uranowitz, Christiane Noll and More Lead One Night Only Benefit Performance of NEXT TO NORMAL on February 1 

An ALLEGIANCE reunion with Chris Kong, Marcus Choi, Lorenzo Thione, Katie Rose Clarke, Dan Horn. Photo by Lia Chang

An ALLEGIANCE reunion with Chris Kong, Marcus Choi, Lorenzo Thione, Katie Rose Clarke, Dan Horn. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits, Christopher Vo, Tiffany Toh, Taurean Everett, a guest and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits, Christopher Vo, Tiffany Toh, Taurean Everett, a guest and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Dorcas Leung, Lianah Sta. Ana, Emily Bautista, Minami Yusui, Viveca Chow, Tiffany Toh. Photo by Lia Chang

Dorcas Leung, Lianah Sta. Ana, Emily Bautista, Minami Yusui, Viveca Chow, Tiffany Toh. Photo by Lia Chang

Nicholas Christopher, Devin Ilaw, Eva Noblezada, Jon Jon Briones. Photo by Lia Chang

Nicholas Christopher, Devin Ilaw, Eva Noblezada, Jon Jon Briones. Photo by Lia Chang

Nicholas Christopher, Christopher Vo, Emily Bautista, Jonelle Margallo, Lina Lee, Julius Sermonia, Kimberly-Ann Truong, Tiffany Toh, Jason Sermonia, Minami Yusui, Warren Yang. Photo by Lia Chang

Nicholas Christopher, Christopher Vo, Emily Bautista, Jonelle Margallo, Lina Lee, Julius Sermonia, Kimberly-Ann Truong, Tiffany Toh, Jason Sermonia, Minami Yusui, Warren Yang. Photo by Lia Chang

Alistair Brammer, Tiffany Toh, Eva Noblezada, Devin Ilaw, Linah Sta. Ana, Katie Rose Clarke, Warren Yang. Photo by Lia Chang

Alistair Brammer, Tiffany Toh, Eva Noblezada, Devin Ilaw, Linah Sta. Ana, Katie Rose Clarke, Warren Yang. Photo by Lia Chang

Jon Carroll, Pat Furlo, Chris Kong, James Moore, Will Curry, Andrew Rehrig, Danny Percefull. Photo by Lia Chang

Jon Carroll, Pat Furlo, Chris Kong, James Moore, Will Curry, Andrew Rehrig, Danny Percefull. Photo by Lia Chang

Jonelle Margallo, Dan Horn, Christopher Vo, Dorcas Leung, Eva Noblezada, Kimberly Ann Truong, Graham Scott Fleming, Jessica Wu, Lianah Sta. Ana. Photo by Lia Chang

Jonelle Margallo, Dan Horn, Christopher Vo, Dorcas Leung, Eva Noblezada, Kimberly Ann Truong, Graham Scott Fleming, Jessica Wu, Lianah Sta. Ana. Photo by Lia Chang

Five Questions for Marcus Choi – George Washington in Second National Tour of HAMILTON 

Devin Ilaw, Lia Chang, Christopher Vo on the set of MISS SAIGON at the Broadway Theatre. Photo by Garth Kravits

Devin Ilaw, Lia Chang, Christopher Vo on the set of MISS SAIGON at the Broadway Theatre. Photo by Garth Kravits

Ruthie Ann Miles, Bryce Pinkham, Karen Olivo, Christopher Vo, Ericka Hunter and More Set for Revamped CHESS at the Kennedy Center, February 14 – 18

BroadwayWorld Photo Flash: Eva Noblezada, Jon Jon Briones and More Celebrate Closing Night of Miss Saigon US

Dancing the Night Away with the Cast of MISS SAIGON

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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André De Shields, Ariel Shafir, Anson Mount, Bobby Moreno, David Ryan Smith and Stephen Schnetzer. Photo by Lia Chang

Opening Night of Robert O’Hara’s MANKIND with André De Shields, Anson Mount, Bobby Moreno, Stephen Schnetzer, Ariel Shafir and David Ryan Smith

Photography, Theater

Playwrights Horizons celebrated the opening night of the world premiere of MANKIND, written and directed by two-time Obie Award winner Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy, Bella: An American Tall Tale at Playwrights; Barbecue, In the Continuum, The Brother/Sister Plays) at the company’s Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street) on January 8th, and the festivities continued at the West Bank Cafe.

Ariel Shafir, Stephen Schnetzer, André De Shields, Anson Mount, David Ryan Smith and Bobby Moreno. Photo by Lia Chang

Ariel Shafir, Stephen Schnetzer, André De Shields, Anson Mount, David Ryan Smith and Bobby Moreno. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of MANKIND features two-time Tony Award nominee, Emmy Award and Obie Award winner André De Shields (The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Full Monty, Play On!), Bobby Moreno (Grand Concourse at Playwrights, Fulfillment Center, Lazarus, The Year of the Rooster), Anson Mount (Corpus Christi, Three Sisters, star of the series “Hell on Wheels,” “Marvel’s Inhumans” and “Conviction”), Stephen Schnetzer (Oslo, Wit, The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?, Filomena), Ariel Shafir (Medea in Jerusalem, Craft, The Pirandello Project, “Orange Is the New Black”) and David Ryan Smith (One Man, Two Guvnors; Passing Strange; Twelfth Night; Marat/Sade).

Mark (Mr. Mount) and Jason (Mr. Moreno) were keeping things casual until Jason got pregnant. But however unplanned the pregnancy was, nothing could be less expected than the chain of events it would set in motion. Robert O’Hara’s audacious, hilarious allegory envisions an uncannily familiar future – one long after women have gone extinct from centuries of mistreatment – where man’s capacity to f**k everything up soars to new heights.

Anson Mount and Bobby Moreno. Photo by Lia Chang

Anson Mount and Bobby Moreno. Photo by Lia Chang

The production featured scenic design by Tony Award winner Clint Ramos, costume design by Dede M. Ayite, lighting design by Alex Jainchill, sound design by Lindsay Jones and video design by Jeff Sugg. Hair, wig and makeup design by J. Jared Janas and Dave Bova. Production Stage Manager is Erin Gioia Albrecht.

Ariel Shafir, Stephen Schnetzer, Robert O'Hara, Anson Mount, David Ryan Smith, Bobby Moreno and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Ariel Shafir, Stephen Schnetzer, Robert O’Hara, Anson Mount, David Ryan Smith, Bobby Moreno and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

MANKIND was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons with the support of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, January 28. Click here to buy tickets.

Backstage with André De Shields 

Opening night party at West Bank Cafe

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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David Henry Hwang and Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang Presents 2017 Kesselring Prize to Lauren Yee at National Arts Club

Awards, Photography, Theater
Lauren Yee, David Henry Hwang, Linda Zagaria. Photo by Lia Chang

Lauren Yee, David Henry Hwang, Linda Zagaria. Photo by Lia Chang

In early November, Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang presented the 2017 Kesselring Prize to rising young playwright Lauren Yee at the National Arts Club. Ms. Yee earned the Kesselring for her play THE GREAT LEAP, to be produced this season by Denver Center, Seattle Rep and Atlantic Theater Company. The Prize includes a $25,000 award and a two week residency in the historic clubhouse of the National Arts Club in order to develop her work.

David Henry Hwang and Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang and Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang

Michael Parva, Kesselring Prize Artistic Director, helmed select scenes from Ms. Yee’s plays including KING OF THE YEES, THE GREAT LEAP AND CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. The cast included Francis Jue, Ned Eisenberg, Jeena Yi, Daniel K. Isaac, Joe Ngo, Tobias C. Wong and Jennifer Lim. The evening featured special remarks by guest artist Regina Taylor.  A cocktail reception in the NAC parlors followed the awards presentation.

Jennifer Lim, Joe Ngo, Daniel K. Isaac, Francis Jue, Lauren Yee, Tobias C. Wong, Jeena Yi and Ned Eisenberg. Photo by Lia Chang

Jennifer Lim, Joe Ngo, Daniel K. Isaac, Francis Jue, Lauren Yee, Tobias C. Wong, Jeena Yi and Ned Eisenberg. Photo by Lia Chang

Each year, the National Arts Club invites theaters across the country to nominate an emerging playwright for the Kesselring Prize who is poised for a higher national profile through his or her growing body-of-work. Atlantic Theatre Company nominated Ms. Yee.

2017 Kesselring Prize winner Lauren Yee is flanked by Atlantic Theater's Director of New Play Development Abigail Katz, Artistic Director Neil Pepe, Managing Director Jeffory Lawson and director Michael Parva. Photo by Lia Chang

2017 Kesselring Prize winner Lauren Yee is flanked by Atlantic Theater’s Director of New Play Development Abigail Katz, Artistic Director Neil Pepe, Managing Director Jeffory Lawson and director Michael Parva. Photo by Lia Chang

Her previous works include IN A WORD, a finalist for the ATCA/Steinberg Award; THE HATMAKER’S WIFE, which was an Outer Critics Circle nominee for its John Gassner Award for best play by a new American playwright; and KING OF THE YEES, which premiered last season at The Goodman Theatre.

John Guare, Anne Cattaneo, Lauren Yee and Regina Taylor. Photo by Lia Chang

John Guare, Anne Cattaneo, Lauren Yee and Regina Taylor. Photo by Lia Chang

The 2017 Kesselring Prize Jury that selected Ms. Yee consisted of: famed playwright John Guare; Dramaturg of Lincoln Center Theater, Anne Cattaneo; and two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage.

Established in 1980 by Charlotte Kesselring – widow of playwright Joseph Kesselring – to honor and support young writers who are not as yet nationally recognized, and provide them with an honorarium and indirect support towards development of their work. Past recipients include Lucas Hnath (now on Broadway with A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2), Tony Kushner, Anna Deavere Smith, Nicky Silver and last year’s honoree, Lindsey Ferrentino, whose play UGLY LIES THE BONE was produced this year at the National Theatre in London.

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Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: David Henry Hwang Presents 2017 Kesselring Prize To Lauren Yee At National Arts Club

Theaterpizzazz: PRESENTING THE KESSELRING PRIZE

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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2013 Steinberg Playwright "Mimi" Award Winner Rajiv Joseph, Lucas Hnath, Ayad Akhtar and Aasif Mandvi. Photo by Lia Chang

Aasif Mandvi, Rajiv Joseph, J.T. Rogers, Nadine Malouf, Steven Pasquale, Chay Yew and More Celebrate 2017 Steinberg Honorees Ayad Akhtar and Lucas Hnath

Awards, Photography, Theater

On Monday night, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust awarded playwrights Ayad Akhtar and Lucas Hnath with 2017 Steinberg Playwright Awards.

The Mimi statue is a handcrafted miniature spotlight made from an aged statuary bronze alloy and glass crystal designed by David Rockwell and Rockwell Group. Photo by Lia Chang

The Mimi statue is a handcrafted miniature spotlight made from an aged statuary bronze alloy and glass crystal designed by David Rockwell and Rockwell Group. Photo by Lia Chang

The acclaimed writers were honored at the 10th Annual “Mimi” Awards that were presented at Lincoln Center Theater and each received a cash award of $50,000.

2017 honorees Ayad Akhtar and Lucas Hnath. Photo by Lia Chang

2017 honorees Ayad Akhtar and Lucas Hnath. Photo by Lia Chang

The “Mimi” Awards are presented annually to honor the outstanding artistry and accomplishments of some of the most gifted American Playwrights.

2013 Steinberg Playwright "Mimi" Award Winner Rajiv Joseph, Lucas Hnath, Ayad Akhtar and Aasif Mandvi. Photo by Lia Chang

2013 Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Award Winner Rajiv Joseph, Lucas Hnath, Ayad Akhtar and Aasif Mandvi. Photo by Lia Chang

The evening featured performances of their respective work by Emily Donahoe, Andrew Garman, Caroline Hewitt, Jane Houdyshell, Nadine Malouf, Aasif Mandvi, Steven Pasquale, Matthew Rauch, Matthew Saldivar, Bernard White and Julie White.

Chay Yew, Nadine Malouf, Bernard White and Ayad Akhtar. Photo by Lia Chang

Chay Yew, Nadine Malouf, Bernard White and Ayad Akhtar. Photo by Lia Chang

The Steinberg Playwright Awards are presented biennially to playwrights in early and middle stages of their careers, who have distinctive and compelling voices, and whose current bodies of work exhibit exceptional talent and artistic excellence. The awards celebrate the accomplishments of some of the most gifted up-and-coming American Playwrights and honor the promise they hold for the future of American theatre.

Honoree Ayad Akhtar, J.T. Rogers, Paige Evans, Karen Pittman. Photo by Lia Chang

Honoree Ayad Akhtar, J.T. Rogers, Paige Evans, Karen Pittman. Photo by Lia Chang

Ayad Akhtar. Photo by Lia Chang

Ayad Akhtar. Photo by Lia Chang

Ayad Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a novelist and author of American Dervish, published in over 20 languages worldwide. His play DISGRACED won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, ran on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, and was nominated for the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. His plays THE WHO & THE WHAT and THE INVISIBLE HAND received Off-Broadway runs and are currently being produced around the world, garnering nominations for the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards in London this past year.

Ayad Akhtar and Neil Pepe. Photo by Lia Chang

Ayad Akhtar and Neil Pepe. Photo by Lia Chang

Akhtar’s most recent play, JUNK received its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in 2016, winning the Craig Noel Award for Best New Play, and will open on Broadway at Lincoln Center Theatre in the fall of 2017. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for THE WAR WITHIN. He is also the recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2 Obie Awards, a Jeff Award, and the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award. Akhtar has received fellowships from MacDowell, Djerassi, The Sundance Institute, Ucross, and Yaddo, where he serves as a Board Director. He is also a Board Trustee at PEN/America and New York Theatre Workshop.

Playwrights Horizons Artistic Director Tim Sanford, Literary Director Sarah Lunnie, honoree Lucas Hnath, General Manager Carol Fishman and Victory Gardens Artistic Director Chay Yew. Photo by Lia Chang

Playwrights Horizons Artistic Director Tim Sanford, Literary Director Sarah Lunnie, honoree Lucas Hnath, General Manager Carol Fishman and Victory Gardens Artistic Director Chay Yew. Photo by Lia Chang

Lucas Hnath. Photo by Lia Chang

Lucas Hnath. Photo by Lia Chang

Lucas Hnath’s work includes A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2; HILLARY AND CLINTON; RED SPEEDO; THE CHRISTIANS; A PUBLIC READING OF AN UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY ABOUT THE DEATH OF Walt Disney; ISAAC’S EYE; and DEATH TAX. His plays have been produced nationally and internationally, including at Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival of New Plays, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Royal Court Theatre, and on Broadway at the John Golden Theater.

Lucas Hnath and Lileana Blain-Cruz. Photo by Lia Chang

Lucas Hnath and Lileana Blain-Cruz. Photo by Lia Chang

Hnath is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, a resident playwright of New Dramatists, and New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. Hnath is a recipient of an Obie, Guggenheim Fellowship, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, Whiting Award, Kesselring Prize, two Steinberg citations from the American Theatre Critics Association, and a 2017 Tony nomination for Best Play. He currently teaches playwriting at New York University’s Department of Dramatic Writing.

10th Annual "Mimi" Awards that were presented at Lincoln Center Theater in New York on December 4, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

10th Annual “Mimi” Awards that were presented at Lincoln Center Theater in New York on December 4, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

10th Annual "Mimi" Awards that were presented at Lincoln Center Theater in New York on December 4, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

10th Annual “Mimi” Awards that were presented at Lincoln Center Theater in New York on December 4, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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