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Livestreamed on this page Tuesday 14 August - Friday 17 August 2018 7 a.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 9 a.m. CDT (Chicago) / 10 a.m. EDT (New York)

Chicago, IL, United States
Tuesday 14 August - Friday 17 August 2018

The Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists National Conference & Festival

Tuesday 14 August - Friday 17 August 2018



The Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists presented their 2018 National Conference & Festival livestreamed from Chicago on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Tuesday 14 August to Friday 17 August 2018.


Tuesday 14 August

Opening Plenary
7 a.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 9 a.m. CDT (Chicago) / 10 a.m. EDT (New York)

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement by Fawn Pochel and Adrien "AJ" Pochel

Welcome by City of Chicago

Welcome by Randy Reyes, CAATA Board President

Welcome by John Culbert, Dean, The Theatre School at DePaul University

Introduction by Leilani Chan, Artistic Director, TeAda Productions

and Andi Meyer, Artistic Director, Tradewind Arts

Artistic Director, Ka Hālau Hanakeaka
Associate Professor, Department of Theatre & Dance, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Discussion to follow with Moses Goods, Founder and Artistic Director, ʻInamona Theatre Company and Ensemble; Christopher K. Morgan, Dancer/Performer, Executive Artistic Director, Dance Place; Sami LA Akuna aka Cocoa Chandelier
Tammy Haili’ōpua Baker joins members of the native Hawaiian community f
or a conversation around language revitalization as a revolutionary act and what this means for Indigenous communities in the Hawaiian Islands and beyond.



Thursday 16 August

Mid-Week Plenary
7 a.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 9 a.m. CDT (Chicago) / 10 a.m. EDT (New York)


From his unique vantage point, award-winning playwright Rajiv Joseph gives voice to the extraordinary journey that made him into a writer and storyteller. His resilience and commitment to storytelling built his playwriting career and affirms us all as Pan Asian/Pacific Islander/Indigenous artists.
Discussion to follow with a dynamic panel of storytellers and stage directors on the current American theater landscape: the many senior and executive leadership openings, building a movement for greater visibility, access, and equity, diversity, inclusion best practices.

Facilitated by SDC Director: Chay Yew, Artistic Director, Victory Gardens Theater

Panelists: May Adrales, Milwaukee Repertory; Tim Dang, Zelda Fichlander Awardee; Jess McLeod, resident at Hamilton Chicago & Victory Gardens Theater; Mei Ann Teo, 2018 National Directors Fellowship, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

Sponsored by Stage Directors and Choreographers Society



Friday 17 August

Centering Our Voices as a Revolutionary Act: Rebels for Movement Building
10:45 a.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 12:45 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1:45 p.m. EDT (New York)
The program transitions us mid-week to feature Central/West Asian/Middle Eastern/Arab artists and their perspectives. In addition to addressing critical issues, such as the recent travel ban as well as the immigrant crises and activism, this program acts as a follow-up to the 2016 CAATA ConFest, where the first Central/West Asian/Middle Eastern/Arab Pre-Conference was held in Portland and Ashland, OR.

Facilitator: Andrea Assaf, Founder & Artistic Director, Art2Action

Panelists: Heather Raffo, Solo Performer & Writer; Jamil Khoury, Chief Programming Officer and Mission Trustee, Silk Road Rising; Torange Yeghiazarian, Founding Artistic Director, Golden Thread Productions; and additional Chicago artists



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