Screening of TCG's #LegacyLeaders feat. Tisa Chang

Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Tickets (include museum admission): Free with RSVP

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**The main screening room is at capacity and any RSVPs received as of 4/8/17 will be in the smaller screening room with the panel livestreamed. We will release seats in the main screening room as they become available during program check-in on 4/12/17. Thank you for understanding.**


Join MOCA for a special screening of Theatre Communications Group (TCG)’s Legacy of Leaders of Color Video Project (LLCVP) featuring Tisa Chang, Artistic Producing Director of Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. There will be a reception at 6:30pm and film screening and panel discussion of Impact of Asian American Arts Movement from the 1960’s at 7:15pm. 


Panelists will include Cheryl Ikemiya, Senior Program Officer for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Sachiyo Ito, Ph.D., Artistic Director of Sachiyo Ito Dance Company, Ron Nakahara, actor/director and Pan Asian veteran, and Emilya Cachapero, Director of Theatre Communications Group’s Artistic and International Programs. Andrea Louie of Asian American Arts Alliance will moderate. Tisa and panelists will reflect on how the Asian American arts scene has evolved and would like to celebrate all those who have added to the innovations and energies that Pan Asian has pioneered.


About the Speakers: 


Andrea Louie is executive director of the Asian American Arts Alliance, leading arts advocacy and cultural equity for New York City’s diverse, pan-Asian, multidisciplinary cultural community. She is the author of a novel, Moon Cakes (Ballantine Books) and coeditor of an anthology, Topography of War: Asian American Essays (The Asian American Writers’ Workshop). Andrea is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, the Hannah S. and Samuel A. Cohn Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Ludwig Volgelstein Foundation grant and was short-listed for the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She has served as a review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, EmcArts, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. She was a writer-in-residence for the National Book Foundation and has been awarded artist residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi, Hedgebrook and the Fundacíon Valparáiso in Spain. She has been appointed by Gov. Cuomo to the NYS Commission on National and Community Service and serves on the board of the national Cultural Data Project, is a co-chair of the New York City Arts Coalition, and an ad hoc steering committee member of the 15% and Growing Coalition. She serves on the diversity and inclusion advisory board for WNYC, the multicultural advisory committee of StoryCorps, and is a member of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop as well as the Asian American Journalists Association. She will be featured in the 2016 Mandarin Leader magazine and was 2016 honoree for Leadership for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) in Los Angeles.

Cheryl Ikemiya is the Senior Program Officer for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in New York City. She works together with the Arts Program staff to plan, implement, review and evaluate its strategy and programs focused on the performing arts. Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Ikemiya was the Assistant Director of the Performing Arts Program at the Japan Society, Inc., a nonprofit, cultural and educational institution in New York City. She produced and managed traditional and contemporary Japanese performing arts, artists’ residencies, commissioning projects and national tours. She serves on the board and as an ordained minister’s assistant at the New York Buddhist Church and is trained in pastoral care.


Ron Nakahara attended the University of Hawaii, where he studied with acting teachers Glenn Cannon from NY and Terry Knapp from The Royal Shakespeare Co. In Hawaii, he also trained with noted voice teacher Kristen Linklater and Japan National Treasure Nomura Mansaku in Kyogen Theater.


Sachiyo Ito, Ph.D., born in Tokyo, has performed and taught classical and contemporary Japanese dance since 1972 in USA. A recipient of Foreign Minister’s Award from Japanese Foreign Ministry and as well as a Proclamation from the Mayor of NYCity commemorating 30 years of founding of Sachiyo Ito and Company. Her choreographic credits for theater productions include: Yeats’ Trio, Three Irish Noh Plays in Ireland and NY, And the Soul Shall Dance, Monkey Music at La Mama Theatre, and the Off-Broadway productions of Shogun, Macbeth, and Dojoji: The Man the Bell; was the Kabuki consultant for the Off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures. Extensive performance credits in Japan, U.S., South America, and Europe include: American Dance Festival, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Japan Society, Asia Society, New York City Center, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Dublin Theatre Festival.


Tisa Chang has been a theatre professional for over 40 years as performer, director and producer. She is a former Executive Board member of SDC and directing highlights include: 2015’s Sayonara masterpiece The Joy Luck Club, original musicals at Pan Asian Rep: Cambodia Agonistes which toured extensively, Shanghai Lil’s (also to San Francisco) and intercultural epics: Kwatz! The Tibetan Project (..given vibrant immediacy…under the direction of the ever-inventive Tisa Chang”- NYTimes), Rashomon which was invited to Havana Theatre Festival in 2003 (“Under the taut direction of Tisa Chang, the Pan Asian Repertory has mounted a commendable revival that is all the more striking for its simplicity” - NYTimes). She pioneered bilingual premieres of Return of the Phoenix and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Ellen Stewart’s La Mama Chinese Theatre Group.


Emilya Cachapero is the director of Theatre Communications Group’s Artistic and International Programs and has been active in the US arts community for more than 30 years. In addition, she is part of the core team that organized Beyond Orientalism, a national initiative to address the use of yellow face, brown face and whitewashing. She is a member of the Executive Board and Council of International Theatre Institute (ITI) Worldwide, and was lead producer for ITI’s New Project Group (NPG) with multi-national productions in Xiamen, China; Madrid, Spain and Manila, Philippines. Prior to joining TCG in 1991, she served as general manager for the Concordia Chamber Symphony; associate director of the Non-Traditional Casting Project in New York; conservatory administrator for American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco; and chair of the artistic committee for the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco. She was instrumental in creating the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and was its founding producer for the first two years of the program. Her writing has been published in American Poetry Review and several poetry anthologies.



Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, created the Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project (LLCVP) over a two-year period. TCG filmed a series of interviews chronicling the stories of founding leaders of theatres of color. The interviews in the film reveal how these leaders were inspired to create opportunities lacking for artists of color; to challenge appropriation and misrepresentation through staging the full richness and complexity of racial, ethnic and cultural identities; to gain political power and creative autonomy; and to contribute their unique aesthetic and social perspectives to our culture. The LLCVP will serve as a road map for future theatre leaders and raise broader cultural awareness of the impact of theatres of color. 

Pan Asian Repertory Theater, now in its 40th Milestone Season, is the first Asian American theatre company on the East Coast with the vision that Asian American artists can equally follow their artistic aspirations to reach the zenith in the American Theatre. Founded in 1977 by Tisa Chang and core artists, Pan Asian’s mission is to provide professional opportunities for Asian American artists to work under the highest standards of excellence; to create new works that dignify Asian Americans and dispel stereotypes with focus on stories of probing social justice issues. Pan Asian Rep has pioneered artistic distinction with new works and innovative interpretations with Professional productions, Educational Outreach, and Community Service. Tisa’s recent awards include a 2017 Citation from New York City Councilwoman Margaret Chin, the 2016 Visionary Award from East West Players, and the 2012 American Dreamer Award from Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.