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Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
  • New York, NY
  • United States

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Welcome, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre!

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Your Artistic Background/Mission
Founded over 30 years ago to provide a forum for Asian American Artists to participate in American Theater by Artistic Producing director Tisa Chang, Pan Asian Repertory Theater is America’s first theatre to explore the Asian-American experience. Mel Gussow of The New York Times noted that “Before Pan Asian Rep, Asian Americans had severely limited opportunities in the theater…(now) heartened by Ms. Chang’s example, similar companies have sprung up around the United States.” Pan Asian has opened doors and paved the way for many who have formed their own companies or enjoy careers in film, television and on Broadway, and continues to be the flagship organization advancing the vitality of American Theater by nurturing the next generation of Asian American Artists and providing opportunities for Senior Artists.

Marilyn Stasio of Variety noted, “For all the variety of theater art produced in New York City, there are some things you don’t see a whole lot of-like an Asian-American theater company that develops and showcases plays by Asian American playwrights addressing Asian American themes. For that reason alone, the aesthetic mission and professional chops of the Pan Asian Repertory Theater…lead by Tisa Chang are admirable.”
Your Creative Influences
Specializing in intercultural productions of Asian American new plays, Asian masterworks in translation and innovative adaptations of Western classics, our many acclaimed presentations and contributions to the rapidly growing canon of Asian American plays include: EMPRESS OF CHINA, featuring Tina Chen in the title role of China’s last dowager ruler; YELLOW FEVER, which went on to enjoy a long Off-Broadway run; CAMBODIA AGONISTES by Ernest Abuba, with music by Louis Stewart; THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON by John Patrick; and stagings of the early works of Asian American pioneers such as Momoko Iko, Wakako Yamauchi, Philip Gotanda, and David Henry Hwang.

In 2011/12, the company’s 35th Milestone Season celebrated “Legacy and Homecoming,” and highlighted new works created by Senior Artists: Its signature musical SHANGHAI LIL’S, a 1940’s romantic song ‘n’ dance, ran Nov 2011; March 2012 premiered the musical play STELLA RISING and dance theatre BAUDELAIRE: LA MORT, which fuses Butoh, Spanish Flamenco and poetry. Raul Aranas returned from Broadway to direct RANGOON May-June at the Clurman Theatre. At the company’s 35th Anniversary Gala on March 19, Pan Asian proudly honored alumn Daniel Dae Kim who starred in its 1993 production of A DOLL HOUSE and has gone on to leading TV roles, including “Hawaii Five-0”, and Dr Patricia Taylor, who along with her husband, Ambassador Ken Taylor, helped American hostages escape Iran during the hostage crisis of the 70’s.

As Pan Asian looks to the next 35 years, we continue our pioneering tradition of intercultural epics and adaptations of Eastern classics for Western audiences with a seasonal focus on Japan: on the main stage, THREE TREES and DOJOJI: THE MAN INSIDE THE BELL challenge our artist and designer core; and Plays In Process staged readings of NO-NO BOY and FISHING FOR WIVES nurture new works; while Training in acting, writing, directing, and community outreach continues.
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Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's Blog

Pan Asian Intern Scoop - Three Trees Reviews and April Run

Hello everyone! Cynthia is back (once again) to give you in the scoop on Pan Asian's current production, Three Trees.

Last Thursday, March 28th, Three Trees officially opened at the West End Theatre. Do you know what that means? The reviews are out! On behalf of Pan Asian Rep, I am pleased to announce that our show received great reviews! I'd like…


Posted on April 3, 2013 at 4:27pm

Pan Asian Intern Scoop - Three Trees Cast List Coming Next Week. Learn How to Create the Promotional Image

Hello everyone! It's Cynthia! Next week, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre will announce the cast for Three Trees, the first main stage production of the season.

To help spread the word about this upcoming notice, my mentor asked me to create an image, featuring the four characters, (from left to right) Alberto Giacometti, his wife Annette, Japanese existential philosopher Isaku Yanaihara and Alberto's brother Diego, with question marks over their blurred faces. While I first thought…


Posted on January 16, 2013 at 6:06pm

Pan Asian Intern Scoop - Three Trees Calligraphy

Hello there! For those of you who have not read my previous posts, my name is Cynthia, and I am one of Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's administrative interns. In preparation for our world premiere production of Three Trees, I have been working on a Three Trees study guide for our school matinee program. In these guides, we include background information on historical and cultural aspects of the plays. When I first read the script, I knew that I wanted to write about…


Posted on December 19, 2012 at 2:47pm — 1 Comment

Pan Asian Intern Scoop - Photo Op Props

In the spirit of Halloween, Pan Asian will allow guests at our 36th Season Kickoff on Thursday, November 1st to be photographed with props related to our upcoming shows. Last week, my job was to visit Halloween and dollar stores in search of appropriate accessories. But before I set out, I conducted some quick research on the fashion that would be present in our plays.…


Posted on October 24, 2012 at 1:29pm

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