So much great news to share!
An organization that I co-founded 11 years ago, the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) is being given a Tony Award Honor for Excellence in the Theatre this year! I am thrilled that our work, advocating for AAPI representation on NYC stages, is being recognized in this way and I cannot wait to attend the Tonys this year as an honoree. You can read more about it here.
Because I am attending the Tonys, I will be out of both shows of COME FROM AWAY while we are in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson, on Sunday, June 12.
The complete tour schedule through Fall of 2022 and info on tickets are here. For some cool stories about our company and this new season of renewal, come visit our podcast, "Conversations from Away" on Broadway Podcast network! I've taken over the hosting reigns with alternate co-hosts Shawn Pennington and Jenny Ashman, and it's been fun to talk to various members of our CFA family about life on the road.
It's also been quite a challenge to navigate the ongoing pandemic while out here, and I had a chance to talk to the New York Times about it last week.
I also had the privilege and joy of appearing in the concert version of the show in front of the Lincoln Memorial on September 10. Here's a beautiful piece about it from the Washington Post.
I'm deeply honored to be serving as Treasurer of the Dramatists Guild, along with Amanda Green (our first female President), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins as VP and Kristoffer Diaz as Secretary. To read more, here's the press release.
Also, as Chair of the Dramatists Guild's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access committee, I've been working with our Business Affairs Staff, Council members, & committee to create the first Inclusion Rider of its kind, for writers to use while advocating for full inclusion in productions of our works. You can read more about it (as well as see the rider) here.
And Season 3 of the podcast that I host for the Guild, "The Dramatists Guild presents Talkback" is available and we are just beginning to record Season 4, which will launch in October! You can listen to it on the Broadway Podcast Network, Apple, and Spotify. 6 new episodes about Collaboration in the theatre.
I've been doing tons of interviews, panels and discussions surrounding these tumultuous times and ongoing efforts to #StopAAPIHate. Here is one that I did alongside Leslie Ishii, with Gordon Cox for Variety
On a lighter note, it was a joy to join the effervescent Michael Kushner on his podcast Dear Multi-hyphenate, where we talked all thing multi-hyphenate! Keep an eye out for his upcoming book, in which I'm also featured.
I'm also super proud to share this song that I wrote with Kim Sherman & Scott Killian last Fall in support of the Biden Harris campaign. Spoken word section is by Notorious Pink. Sung and played by members of the Broadway community.
Peace and Love to All.