Actors’ Equity Association in honor of Asian Heritage Month with the National Equal Employment Opportunity Committee presented Represent-Asian on Broadway: Celebrating Asian American Theatre Artists Working on the Great White Way on May 9, 2016 in the Council Room — Actors’ Equity Association in New York.
Christine Toy Johnson, Chair of the National EEO Committee, moderated a panel which featured Ann Harada (Avenue Q, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella), JoAnn Hunter (Thoroughly Modern Millie, School of Rock’s Choreographer), Devin Ilaw (the current revival of Les Misérables), Pearl Sun (If/Then), Valerie Lau-Kee Lai (ASM, Spider Man: Turn off the Dark), Winnie Lok (PSM, Outside Mullingar) and Jason Tam (If/Then).
The Asian American artists discussed their triumphs and challenges; in addition to issues that have emerged regarding yellow face, cultural appropriation, non-traditional casting. They made suggestions as to what we can do as theatre artists and advocates for inclusion.
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 produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers and musicians. 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 Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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