Staged Reading of Lauren Yee's "King of the Yees" November, 2016 Directed by Gina Pisasale from People's Light Featuring a cast of PAPA members
Stand-Up Comedy Showcase October, 2016 new and old PAPA members kicked off our season with an evening of original stand-up material at Asian Arts Initiative
Beyond Orientalism: The Philadelphia Forum September 26, 2016 a lively discussion about yellow-face representation onstage and in the media, diverse casting, and action steps for inclusive practices at arts & cultural organizations. Featuring: Keynote speech from Emilya Cachapero, Director of Artistic Programs at Theatre Communications Group Panelists Justin Jain from Beserker Residents, Pamela Yau of Creative Philadelphia, Maggie Zhao of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers Gina Pisasale of People's Light
Staged Reading of Ma-Yi Playwright Nandita Shenoy's Satisfaction August 2016 Co-Production with PAPA & Philadelphia Women Theatre's Festival Directed by Cat Ramirez Featuring a cast of PAPA members
Staged Reading of Christopher Chen's One Hundred Flowers Project May 2016 Directed by Rick Shiomi Featuring a cast of PAPA members in a nationally renown Asian American playwright's new play, presented at The Drake.
Talent Showcase at the Drake May 2016 Directed by Bi Jean Ngo PAPA members old & new presented original spoken word poetry, song selections, stand-up comedy, and magic.
Musical Theatre Showcase at Asian Arts Initiative March 2016 Directed by Bi Jean Ngo & Amanda Morton PAPA member presented an evening of Asian American playwrights' monologues alongside musical theatre songs over candlelight, wine, and samosas!
The Business of the Arts Roundtable November 2015, with guests Seth Rozin (InterAct Theatre), Rick Shiomi (Former Director Theatre Mu), Pamela Yau (Creative Philadelphia)
Musical Theatre Workshop November 2015, with lead artist Amanda Morton (Barrymore Award winning Musical Director)
Fall Happy Hour Reunion October 2015, We caught up and discussed our artistic goals for the theatre season over happy hour at Center City favorite, Strangelove's
Summer 2015, Summer Theatre Love! We were all rehearsing Shakespeare, getting ready for Fringe, getting cast in the fall lineup. Asian Heritage Month & Festival at Franklin Square May 2015, featuring Richard Chan, Victoria Chau, Bi Jean Ngo, Rupal Pajara, and Twoey Truong, directed by Sarah Mittledorf We wrote and performed a fifteen minute staged reading of original work inspired by our unique perspective on being Asian.
Audition Bootcamp February 2015, with Kevin Glaccum (Artistic Director of Azuka Theatre Co.) and Seth Rozin (Artistic Director of InterAct Theatre Co.)
Classical & Contemporary Monologue Workshop January 2015, with Director & Actress Kittson O'Neill
Panel Discussion: Artist as Self v. Artist as Representative November 2014, with playwrights James Ijames (Barrymore Winner), Mike Lew (Ma-Yi Writer's Lab Director), Rehana Mirza (Ma-Yi Writer's Lab Director) and Catzie Vilayphonh (Spoken Word Artist & Winner of the Knight Foundation Grant)
Consortium of Asian American Theatres and Artists October 2014, That was the first time it was held in Philly, and PAPA introduced themselves to the national Asian theatre community! September 2014, PAPA's born!