Tag: Fordham University

  • Nancy Kim Parsons, New York actor, at "RepresentAsian" | Courtesy of AAPAC

    ASIAN AMERICANS PUSH BACK | An actors’ coalition confronts Broadway and nonprofit theater leaders on the lack of minorities on NY stages

    This news story was first published here in February 2012.  It is being revived here to offer a broader context and close chronology to a new 2016 study which again takes to task NYC theater companies for failing to diversify their casting practices.   By Randy Gener NEW YORK CITY: The news may be good for black actors, but it is no song for the south for other actors of color. According to a new minority report prepared by a coalition of Asian American actors in New York, blacks were far more likely than any other minority to be cast in roles which were not specifically identified by their race and ethnicity. Meanwhile, Asian Americans were “the least likely of the major minority groups to play roles that were not defined by their race.” Today this coalition has released the entire report, entitled “Ethnic Representation on New York Stages: 2006/07 to 2010/11 Seasons,” a theater-by-theater breakdown of casting practices on Broadway and by 16 leading nonprofit theater companies. The conclusions have been described as incendiary and may provoke a long conversation around the complicated issues of casting and true diversity on New York stages. The latest findings released today are: Of …

  • Samuel L. Jackson joins Randy Gener’s Broadway panel “Anatomy of a Breakout” with David Henry Hwang, Kenny Leon and others

    THE DRAMA DESK and THE FORDHAM UNIVERSITY THEATRE PROGRAM ANNOUNCES A FALL 2011 PANEL DISCUSSION,  “ANATOMY OF A BREAKOUT” TO BE HELD AT FORDHAM’S MAINSTAGE AT LINCOLN CENTER SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, FROM 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM Panelists Include  Douglas Carter Beane, Lewis Flinn, David Henry Hwang, David Ives, Samuel L. Jackson, Dan Knechtges, Kenny Leon, Jennifer Lim, and Leigh Silverman  New York, NY, October 26, 2011 — The Drama Desk and the Fordham University Theatre Program will present a special panel discussion at 6:30 PM on Sunday, November 13th, titled “Anatomy of a Breakout,” reflecting the remarkable trend of breakthrough productions and breakout performances on the New York stage. The Panelists include (in alphabetical order): Douglas Carter Beane (book writer, LYSISTRATA JONES) Lewis Flinn (composer/lyricist, LYSISTRATA JONES), David Henry Hwang (playwright, CHINGLISH), David Ives (playwright, VENUS IN FUR), Samuel L. Jackson (actor, THE MOUNTAINTOP), Dan Knechtges (choreographer/director, LYSISTRATA JONES) Kenny Leon (director, THE MOUNTAINTOP and STICK FLY), Jennifer Lim (actor, CHINGLISH), and Leigh Silverman (director, CHINGLISH). This special panel discussion will be moderated by Randy Gener, the George Jean Nathan Award winning editor/critic. A surprising bulk of the Fall 2011 New York theater season consists of new plays and new musicals that have …