In the spring of 2021, during a national gathering of AAPI theatre artists held in the wake of the Atlanta shootings, Artists at Play Producing Artistic Leader Julia Cho learned about The Great AAPI Elder Print Off from For You, Productions. The project connected AAPI artist-activists with AAPI elders living in San Francisco during a time of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing violence against the Asian American community. Based on a series of conversations, the artists created posters to amplify their respective elder’s voices and experiences.

Artists at Play was inspired and wanted to see if we could highlight the voices of “elders” within the AAPI theatre community. We adapted the project to spotlight theatre elders who have contributed much of their professional lives to creating Asian American theatre and nurturing the next generation of artists.

On September 12, 2021, Producing Artistic Leader Stefanie Lau sat down to record an episode of the AAP Podcast, “Elders of the Los Angeles Asian American Theatre Community,” with Tim Dang, Meg Imamoto and Marilyn Tokuda. All three spent many years at East West Players, and are theatre elders who have mentored many — including Stefanie. Listen to “Elders of the Los Angeles Asian American Theatre Community” below.

Elders of the Los Angeles Asian American Theatre Community Artists at Play Podcast

Inspired by the work of The Great AAPI Elder Print Off in San Francisco, Artists at Play spotlights three theatre veterans who have contributed much of their professional lives to creating Asian American theatre and nurturing the next generation of artists. We sat down with Tim Dang, Meg Imamoto and Marilyn Tokuda, who all spent many years at East West Players, and are theatre elders who have mentored many.Episode CreditsProduced by Stefanie LauEdited by Nicholas PilapilTheme song by Eloise Wong
  1. Elders of the Los Angeles Asian American Theatre Community
  2. Why (Still) Theatre?
  3. New Play Development: From Idea to Page to Stage
  4. Artists at Play…at Play Favorites
  5. (Un)Rivaled by Rosie Narasaki

Artist Shannon Chou selected quotes from the conversation to create Artists at Play’s posters for The Great AAPI Elder Print Off. 

Shannon is a Taiwanese American illustrator and recent graduate based in Southern California. Her primary focus is in narrative artwork, but she enjoys tackling all artistic genres and challenges. When she’s not compulsively adding too many details to her linework, Shannon enjoys binge-watching animated films and shows (for research, she says). See more of Shannon’s work here and here.

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