An Evolving List of Asian American Stage Directors
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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, higher education 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 Positions
High Education Staff Positions
WebsiteContact Email
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ErnestAbubaNew YorkFull
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MayAdralesNew YorkFullMFA - YaleaAD - Milwaukee RepYalehttp://www.mayadrales.net/
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KaiserAhmedChicago
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ZiAlikhanNew Yorkhttp://www.zialikhan.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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LeilaniChanLos AngelesAD - TeAda Productions
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JenniferChangSan Diego/Los AngelesAssociateMFA - 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 York
MA - Royal Central School of Speech and Drama [Advanced Theatre Practice]
Co-AD - Tacky Pioneermaker.emmanoelleclark.comenclark10@gmail.com
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Lily TungCrystalSan Francisco/Bay AreaAD - Ferocious Lotus Theatre Companyferociouslotus.org; lilytungcrystal.comlily@ferociouslotus.org
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NanaDakinNew YorkMFA - Columbiahttps://www.nanadakin.com/
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TimDangLos AngelesFullUniversity of Southern California
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Sandeep ShekarDasChicago
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Alison M.De La CruzLos Angeles
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SnehalDesaiLos AngelesFullMFA - YaleAD - East West Playershttp://snehaldesai.com/
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AnnalisaDiasD.C.Acting Creative Producer - The Weldershttp://annalisadias.weebly.com
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Nelson T.EusebioNew YorkFullMFA - Yalehttp://www.nelsoneusebio.com/
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JayEspañoChicago
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KareemFahmyNew YorkAssociateMFA - Columbiahttps://www.kareemfahmy.com/
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ChonrenFanNew YorkAssociateMFA - Sarah Lawrence [Theatre]AD - Yangtze Repertory Theatre of Americahttp://chongrenfan.com/
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EthanHeardNew YorkFullMFA - Yalehttp://www.ethanheard.com/
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MichaelHisamotoBostonwww.michaelhisamoto.com
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AlbertoIsaacLos Angeles
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LeslieIshiiLos AngelesFullMFA - American Conservatory Theatre [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, TexasMFA - YaleTexas Tech University
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SeonjaeKimNew Yorkjae-k.comjaethisway@gmail.com
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ChilKongNew Yorkhttp://www.chilkong.com/director
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JennyKoonsNew YorkFulljennykoons.com
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DarrellKunitomiLos Angeles
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Peter J.Kuo
Bay Area/New York/Los Angeles
AssociateMFA - 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 YorkMFA - Brown UniversityAD - Leviathan Labhttps://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-YehLi
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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 Josehttp://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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VictorMaogLos AngelesFullAD - Second Generationhttp://www.victormaog.com/
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JessMcLeodChicagoMFA - Northwestern University
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AileenMcGroddyChicago/Providence, RIAssociateMFA - Brown (2021)AD - The Forks & Hope Ensemble.
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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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ChristineNathansomSan DiegoCo-AD - MaArte Theatre Collective
https://www.facebook.com/maartetheatrecollective/
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OanhNguyenOrange CountFullAD - The Chance Theater
https://chancetheater.com/artists/oanh-nguyen/
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LaneNishikawaSan Francisco
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EvrenOdcikinSan FranciscoAssociateDirector of New Plays - Golden Theatre Productionshttps://www.odcikin.com/
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AyaOgawaBrooklynhttp://ayaogawa.com/
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Ely SonnyOrquizaSan Francisco
AD - The Projector Room Ensemble
https://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 VegasAssociate
PhD - Trinity College Dublin [Drama and Performance]
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RalphPenaNew YorkAD - Ma-Yi Theater
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JescaPrudencioNew YorkAssociateMFA - University of California, San Diegohttp://www.jescaprudencio.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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Summer DawnReyesNew YorkFounder - Thinking in Full Colorthinkinginfullcolor.com
summerdawnreyes@gmail.com
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Jon LawrenceRiveraLos AngelesFullAD - Playwrights' Arena
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KenSavageSan FranciscoAssociate Producer - A.C.T.www.kensavageproductions.com
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JillSapenoffNew Yorkwww.jillsapenoff.com
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RickShiomiMinneapolisCo-AD - Full Circle Theaterrashiomi5@gmail.com
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KippShiotaniLos Angeles
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NathanSinghLos AngelesMFA - DePaul Universityhttps://www.nathansingh.org/about
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VidhuSinghBay Areahttps://www.brava.org/vidhu-singh/drvidhusingh@gmail.com
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SeemaSuekoD.C.FullaAD: Arena Stage
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Carol AnnTanChicagowww.carolanntan.com
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SuziTakahashiNew York
MA - NYU [Performance Studies]
MFA - Stony Brook Southampton Arts [Theatre]
http://www.suzitakahashi.com/
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ChrisTashimaLos AngelesFull
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Mei AnnTeoNYC/MAMFA - ColumbiaHampshire Collegehttp://meiannteo.com/
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EricTingBerkeleyFull
MFA - University of Tennessee [Performance Studies]
AD - Cal Shakeshttp://ting.theredcolobus.com/
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MarieTredwayChicago
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AndrewTsaoSeattle/San FranciscoMFA - Cal ArtsUniversity of Washington
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GiselleTyNew York/Londonhttp://www.giselle-ty.com/
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ChingValdesNew York
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MeiyinWangBerkeleyMFA - Columbia
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ElizabethWongLos Angeles
MFA - NYU/Tisch School of the Arts [Dramatic Writing]
http://www.elizabethwong.net/
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GeorgeYeSan DiegoUniversity of California, San Diego
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ReneeYeongNew Yorkhttp://www.reneeyeong.comreneeyjh@gmail.com
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ChayYewChicagoFullAD - Victory Gardens Theater
http://victorygardens.org/about/staff/chay-yew/
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