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Asian Wave Part 2

Updated: Nov 8, 2019

This October salon will mark a continued discussion with Asian and Asian-American theatre artists to discuss the challenges and opportunities they are facing in our current theatre environment.

In the most recent report by Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) showed that “only 13.2% of all plays produced in New York City were written by minority playwrights in the 2016-17 season. Asian American playwrights were at 1.5% in the non-profit and 0% produced on Broadway for the 2016-2017 season. The 10-year industry average for the hiring of Asian Americans stands at 3.7%.”

Friday Oct. 18th 7pm-8:30pm @ "Church St. School" 41 White Street, New York, NY

Our Panelists:

Aeneas Hemphill (

Nina Ki (

Aeneas Sagar Hemphill is an Indian-American writer and performer based in New York City. He makes work that digs to the root of social issues with well-researched, formally dynamic, and rhythmic drama inspired by his own diasporic upbringing. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University and a BA in Drama and Asian Studies from Kenyon College. His plays have been developed with Noor Theatre, The Lark, Dreamscape Theatre, Slingshot Theatre, Pipeline Theatre Company, Kenyon College, The New School, and Columbia University. He was a recipient of the 2014 Schubert Fellowship, a finalist for the 2017 Many Voices Fellowship with Playwrights’ Center, a member of the 2017 Pipeline PlayLab, finalist for the 2019 Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program, a March 2019 resident artist with Monson Arts in Maine, and Semi-Finalist for the 2019 Princess Grace Award. Website:

Nina Ki is a Queerean (Queer + Korean) American playwright who was born and raised in Los Angeles, but currently lives in Brooklyn. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2008 with a BFA in Dramatic Writing, and her plays have been read and produced nationwide, including with Queens Theatre, Brave New World Repertory, The Classical Theater of Harlem, The Living Room Theater, the HBMG Foundation, Funhouse, InspiraTO, and Another Country Productions. She is a recipient of ALAP's Diversity Fellowship, and recently her play “Moon Bear” was given special consideration for the Relentless Award. Her work has been published in LGBT Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny, the In Full Color anthology, and YouthPLAYS. To contact her or learn more about her work, please visit her website at www.nina-

Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li Originally from Taiwan, Dennis earned his MA in Performance Studies, New York University. As a director, playwright and performer, Dennis has created productions addressed upon sexuality, philosophy, and social class to give his unique perspectives on time, space, and power relationship, to provoke audience into thinking/action. Dennis currently works with The Living Theatre, and is an alumnus of Drama League’s New York Directing Fellow, and Target Margin Theater’s Institute Fellow. His works were shown at Theater for the New City, Dixon Place, Judson Memorial Church, and New Ohio Theater.

Kyu Shin is NYC based Scenic designer for theatre. He has designed sets for Paisieu(Connelly Theatre), Acappella(New York Musical Theatre Festival), Half Moon Bay, Comes a Faery(The New Ohio Theatre), Dead Shot Mary(The Bridge Theatre), Intrerview(St. Clement Theatre), The Briefly Dead(59E59), The Talmud(Target Margin Theatre), The Niceties(HeritageTheatre Festival) and more.

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