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… Read More

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ASIANS IN AMERICA | In 2012, York Theatre, CSC, Primary Stages, Roundabout, MCC were named NYC’s least diverse theatres

The report tracked the number of minority actors cast in roles that are not racially-specific (also known as non-traditional casting). This figure is considered as an indicator of “the openness of the industry.” Only 10% of all roles received by actors of color were not defined by the color of their skin. Read More

REPORT FROM THE FAR FAR SOUTH | Brutal Deco in Buenos Aires

Samuel Buggeln, a New York theatre director and designer, is presently in Buenos Aires, where he is researching the Argentine theatre world. This is part of a series of Samuel’s special reports from Buenos Aires. See more at his blog 25weeksbsas.blogspot.com.ar. Read More

GPS | TACLOBAN | Filipino writes message on basketball court: “Help SOS!!! We Need Food”

How can you help this man asking the world for help? In this post, I outline the latest information I can gather, as of November 12, 2013, about relief assistance for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda (aka Haiyan in international circles).
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REPORT FROM THE FAR FAR SOUTH | Samuel Buggeln on La Zaranda’s not-so-poor-theater sojourn at Argentina’s Teatro Cervantes

Reporting from Buenos Aires, Samuel Buggeln, a New York theatre director and designer, is presently is researching the Argentinian theatre world. He has been blogging about his experiences there. Read More

REPRESENT ASIAN | Self-taught jazz pianist Vijay Iyer: a professorship, a MacArthur Fellow and an A4 honoree

Vijay Iyer is a 2013 recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. In January 2014, Iyer will join the Harvard University Department of Music as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts. Meanwhile Iyer will be honored at the Asian American Arts Alliance’s 31st Anniversary Gala Benefit, which will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 6:30 to 9:30pm at TriBeCa Rooftop. Read More

IN EXHIBITION | Tyler Rollins Fine Art hosts Philippine artist Patricia Perez Eustaquio

The works in The Future That Was exhibitions in New York and Manila are reflections upon the structures and ideas that produce, frame and promote art and design. Philippine artist Patricia Perez Eustaquio weaves an open-ended narrative that examines notions of innovation and novelty, timeliness and timelessness, particularly as they relate to the language of design and fashion. She is interested in how material, fabrication, and intention combine to form an object that then takes on a life of its own. Read More

Women as biomorphic abstractions in Ashley Bickerton’s fourth Neo-Geo solo show

Ashley Bickerton (b. 1959, Barbados, West Indies) graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 1982 and continued his education in the Independent Studies Program (ISP) at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. A seminal figure in the East Village scene of the 1980s, Bickerton has been associated with the “Neo-Geo” approach to art making. Read More

GPS | NEW YORK: Rainbow colors flood Empire State Building on Gay Pride

It’s been an amazing week for gay rights. The U.S. Supreme Court dumped the federal Defense of Marriage Act and declined to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage in California. On Sunday June 30, 2013, the Empire State Building has turned the colors of the rainbow in a show of support for Gay Pride Weekend.… Read More

NOPASSPORT PRESS | New Dramatists artistic director publishes writings from inside American theater

Do please hold proof. Meet him 6 p.m. Thursday February 28 at the Drama Book Shop in New York. He will read from his book, participate in a Q & A, and sign his book. Hear him speak Friday March 1 as the keynote speaker at “Dreaming the Americas: Staging New Theaters/Challenging Hierarchies,” a one-day NoPassport theatre alliance conference at New York University Gallatin. Read More

ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH | National Black Touring Circuit bucks trends, hosts Black History Month Play Festival

National Black Touring Circuit presents the Black History Month Play Festival 2013 from February 8 – 24. New York City play festival honors African American men who changed America: Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois and Adam Clayton Powell
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REPRESENT-ASIAN | York Theatre, CSC, Primary Stages, Roundabout, MCC least diverse NYC theatres, according to AAPAC study

AAPAC’s press release, reproduced in its entirety below, is more than just an indictment of the so-called “nobleness” of the nonprofit resident theatrer New York City. As a professional journalist, this AAPAC press release indicates the nadir of the state of investigative or enterprise arts journalism in the U.S. Read More