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This is evolving and updating list of Asian American stage directors to be used as a resource for playwrights, artistic director, and other theatre makers who are searching for us. The list contains names, website links, SDC status, city-base, post-graduate degrees, artistic leadership positions, and higher education faculty positions. A key of information and some stats can be found at the bottom of the list.
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First NameLast NameBased Out Of
SDC Status
Postgraduate DegreesArtistic Staff PositionsHigh Education FacultyWebsiteContact Email
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ErnestAbubaNew YorkFull
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MayAdralesNew YorkFullMFA - Yale School of DramaaAD - Milwaukee RepYalehttp://www.mayadrales.net/
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KaiserAhmedChicagoAssociate
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LavaAlapaiPortlandFullMFA - CalArtsResident Artists - Artist Repertory Theatrelavaalapai.com
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ZiAlikhanNew YorkAssociatehttp://www.zialikhan.com/
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KikauAlvaroRichmond, VAAssociateMFA - San Diego State University [Musical Theatre]aAD - Virginia Repertory TheatreVirginia Commonwealth Universityklalvaro@vcu.edu
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ChariArespacochagaNew York / FloridaMFA - University of VictoriaFlorida State Universitychariarespacochaga.com
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StaffordArimaUSA/CanadaFullAD - Theatre Calgaryhttp://www.staffordarima.com/index.html
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AndreaAssafTampaMA - NYU [Performance Studies]AD - Arts2Action INc.
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BrianBalcomChicago/MinneapolisMFA - DePaul Universityhttp://brianbalcom.com/
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ChristineBunuanChicagohttp://www.christinebunuan.com/
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YariCervasHonolulu, HICo-AD - MaArte Theatre Collectivehttps://www.facebook.com/maartetheatrecollective/yaricervas@gmail.com.
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LeilaniChanLos AngelesAD - TeAda Productions
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JenniferChangSan Diego/Los AngelesFullMFA - UC San Diego [Acting]University of California, San Diegohttp://www.changinator.com/
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TisaChangNew YorkFullAD - Pan Asian Repertory
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DesdemonaChiangSeattle/San FranciscoFullMFA - University of WashingtonCornish College of the Artshttp://www.desdemona.org/blog/
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PingChongNew YorkFullAD - Ping Chong + Companyhttp://www.pingchong.org/
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PeterCirinoSan Diego/Los AngelesSan Diego State
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EmmaClarkLondon/New YorkMA - Royal Central School of Speech and Drama [Advanced Theatre Practice]Co-AD - Tacky Pioneermaker.emmanoelleclark.comenclark10@gmail.com
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MirandaCornellNew Yorkmirandacornell.commirandajcornell@gmail.com
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Lily TungCrystalMinneapolis-St. PaulAD - Theatre Mulilytungcrystal.com; theatermu.orglily@theatermu.org
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NanaDakinNew YorkAssociateMFA - Columbiahttps://www.nanadakin.com/nanadakin@gmail.com
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TimDangLos AngelesFullUniversity of Southern California
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TomDangLos Angeles/SeattleAD - REBATEnsemble Theatre Groupwww.tomdangofficial.comtomtiendang@gmail.com
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Sandeep ShekarDasChicago
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SummerDawnNew YorkFounder - In Full Colorhttp://www.infullcolor.orgsummerdawnreyes@gmail.com
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Alison M.De La CruzLos Angeles
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SnehalDesaiLos AngelesFullMFA - Yale School of DramaAD - East West Playershttp://snehaldesai.com/
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Anjalee
Deshpande Hutchinson
Central PAMFA - Northwestern UniversityBucknell Universityanjaleehutchinson.scholar.bucknell.eduadn001@bucknell.edu
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AnnalisaDiasD.C.Acting Creative Producer - The Weldershttp://annalisadias.weebly.com
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RyanDorbinNew YorkProducting Artistic Leader - The Movement Theatre Companyryandobrin.comryandobrin@gmail.com
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JayEspañoChicago
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Nelson T.EusebioNew YorkFullMFA - Yale School of Dramahttp://www.nelsoneusebio.com/
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KareemFahmyNew YorkFullMFA - Columbiahttps://www.kareemfahmy.com/
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ChongrenFanNew YorkAssociateMFA - Sarah Lawrence [Theatre]AD - Yangtze Repertory Theatre of Americahttp://chongrenfan.com/
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AlexandraHaddadNew York
AD - Extra Credit Ensemble; VP, Columbia University Players
alexandradarcyhaddad.com
alex.darcy.haddad@gmail.com
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EthanHeardNew YorkFullMFA - Yale School of Dramahttp://www.ethanheard.com/
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CaraHinhcarahinh.comcaraelainehinh@gmail.com
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MichaelHisamotoBostonMFA - Brown/Trinity Rep www.michaelhisamoto.com
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AlbertoIsaacLos Angeles
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ArtiIshakChicagoFounder - MENASA MidWest
Program Manager - The Chicago Inclusion Project
www.artiishak.comartiishak@gmail.com
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LeslieIshiiLos AngelesFullMFA - American Conservatory Theater [Acting]
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Ed SylvanusIskandarNew YorkFullMFA - Carnegie Mellonhttp://www.ediskandar.com/
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LavinaJadhwaniChicagoFullMFA - DePaul Universityhttp://lavinajadhwani.com/
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Myeongsik JasonJangChicagoMFA - Illinois State University
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AnishJethmalaniChicago
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JesseJouJubbock, TexasAssociateMFA - Yale School of DramaTexas Tech University
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SeonjaeKimNew Yorkjae-k.comjaethisway@gmail.com
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PeterKimNew YorkMFA - Yale School of Drama [Acting]Associate Producer, NAATCO (National Asian American Theatre Company)Princeton Universitywww.peterkimpeterkim.com
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ChilKongNew YorkAD - Adventure Theatrehttp://www.chilkong.com/director
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JennyKoonsNew YorkFulljennykoons.com
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DarrellKunitomiLos Angeles
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Peter J.KuoBay AreaAssociateMFA - The New School for DramaAmerican Conservatory Theaterhttp://www.peterjkuo.com/peter.j.kuo@gmail.com
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ShishirKurupLos AngelesFullMFA - University of California, San Diego [Acting]
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FlordelinoLagundinoNew YorkAssociateMFA - Brown Universityhttps://www.flordelinolagundino.com/
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Young JeanLeeBrooklynMFA - Brooklyn College [Playwriting]http://youngjeanlee.org/
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MargaretLeeD.C.http://leemargaret.com/
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Dennis Yueh-YehLiNew YorkMA - NYU [Performance Studies]Artistic Director Team/Founding Member of Al Límite Collectivewww.dennisyuehyehli.comdennisyuehyehli@nyu.edu
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MayLiangSan Francisco/Bay Areamliang614@gmail.com
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JeffLiuLos AngelesAssociateMFA - University of California, Los Angeles
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JeffreyLoSan JoseCasting Director - TheatreWorkshttp://www.jeffreywritesaplay.com/
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AndyLoweLos AngelesCasting & Production Manager - East West Playerswww.chinesepirateproductions.comAlowe.cpp@gmail.com
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EugeneMaNew YorkColumbiahttp://www.playwitheugene.complaywitheugene@gmail.com
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Domingo AlbertMagwiliLos Angeles
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AdilMansoorPittsburghMFA - Carnegie Mellon, University (2020)www.adilmansoor.comadilmansoor1@gmail.com
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VictorMaogLos AngelesFullAD - Second Generationhttp://www.victormaog.com/
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AileenMcGroddyChicago/Providence, RIAssociateMFA - Brown (2021)AD - The Forks & Hope Ensemble
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JessMcLeodChicagoFullMFA - Northwestern University
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NikkiMeñezSan Francisco/Bay Area
YouthAware Program Director & Casting Associate (New Conservatory Theatre Center),
Casting & Outreach Director (Awesome Theatre)
nicoleamenez@gmail.com
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ZaraawarMistryMinneapolisMFA - University of California, San Diego [Theatre]
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JohnMiyasakiLos Angeles
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MinaMoritaBay AreaAD - Crowded Firehttp://minamorita.com/
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DipankarMukherjeeMinneapolisAD - Pangea World Theater
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AlanMuraokaNew YorkFullhttp://www.alanmuraoka.tv/dir-home.html
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KatieNakaSomerville, MAMFA - Columbiahttp://www.katienaka.com/bio/
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RonNakaharaNew YorkFullhttp://www.ronnakahara.com/
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MeenaNatarajanMinneapolis
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OanhNguyenOrange CountyFullAD - The Chance Theaterhttps://chancetheater.com/artists/oanh-nguyen/
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VinhNguyenSF Bay AreaAssociateMFA - San Diego State University [Musical Theatre]www.mrvinhnguyen.com
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LaneNishikawaSan Francisco
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EvrenOdcikinSan FranciscoAssociateaAD - Oregon Shakespeare Festivalhttps://www.odcikin.com/
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AyaOgawaBrooklynhttp://ayaogawa.com/
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Ely SonnyOrquizaSan FranciscoAD - The Projector Room Ensemblehttps://www.facebook.com/PRPREnsemble/
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MatthewOzawaMichiganUniversity of Michiganhttp://matthewozawa.com/
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OrlandoPabotoyNew YorkFullTisch School of the Arts
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RuthPe PalileoLas VegasAssociatePhD - Trinity College Dublin [Drama and Performance]
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RalphPenaNew YorkAD - Ma-Yi Theater
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DianePhelanNew Yorkwww.DianePhelan.comdianephelan@me.com
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JescaPrudencioNew YorkAssociateMFA - University of California, San Diegohttp://www.jescaprudencio.com/
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SalimRazawiBay AreaAssociatewww.SalimRazawi.comsalimrazawi@gmail.com
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JonaldReyesChicagoAD - Stir Friday Night Comedyjonaldjude.com
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RandyReyesMinneapolisMFA - The Julliard School [Acting]St. Olaf College
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Jon LawrenceRiveraLos AngelesFullAD - Playwrights' Arena
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MichaelSakamotoAmherst, MAPhD, Culture and Performance, UCLA
MFA, Dance, UCLA
Associate Director of Programming,
Director of Asian Arts and Culture,
UMass Amherst
www.michaelsakamoto.orgmichaelsakam@umass.edu
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JillSapenoffNew Yorkwww.jillsapenoff.com
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KenSavageSan FranciscoAssociate Producer - A.C.T.www.kensavageproductions.com
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SarahShinBrooklyn/BostonCo-Founder/Producing AD -
Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston
http://www.sarah-shin.com/
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RickShiomiMinneapolisCo-AD - Full Circle Theaterrashiomi5@gmail.com