Who gets to play a Thai king? Australia’s color-blind King and I

logoState side there has been much talk of a King and I revival coming to Broadway in 2015. Recently Playbill released the results of a poll asking readers who they thought might best play the title role of the King of Siam. Many wonderful Asian performers were suggested, primarily by AIC reader Diane Phelan and other members of the Asian theatre community.

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NEWS: Public Theater Announces 2014-2015 Season

publiclogoHere at AIC we normally don’t include announcements about a theater’s new season (unless you get the news updates on our Facebook page, but we had to make an exception for The Public’s upcoming season. Why you ask? Because The Public’s 2014-2015 season includes new work from a truly diverse group of artists. From Suzan Lori, to Lin Manuel, to Young Jean Lee and more. This is what I hope part of the future of theater looks like.

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NEWS: The Summit NYC

risingcircleInterested in Diversity and Theatre? Think there’s room for improvement when it comes to these areas? Then you may want to be in attendance tonight at the Rising Circles Summit NYC. Oh did we mention free food and wine courtesy of Kashkaval? Yea-you’ll want to be there. Keep reading for an interview with two of Rising Circle’s members and more info on this momentous event!

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JOBS: Arts in Color is Seeking Interns!

opportunityNextExitThis is an excellent opportunity for an applicant with a passion for any of the following: theatre, diversity, NYC. We’re looking for help in the areas of event planning, writing, film production, marketing, and web design. Responsibilities will vary for each area. Read on to learn more!

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SHOWCASE 2014: Columbia

grpOur showcase series continues with Columbia’s MFA  Class of 2014! Get to know some of the artists of color who will be featured in an upcoming showcase in NYC. Visit their site for more details on attending the big event later this month on April 28th! We’ve been the last two years and will be returning yet again.

TALKS: The Songs of Lyons & Pakchar’s Douglas Lyons

Douglas LyonsWhat are you doing on the evening of Monday April 14th? Well you should be heading to 54 Below at 9:30 to check out Who We Are: The Songs of Lyons & Pakchar featuring music by Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar. You may have recently seen Lyons on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, and Pakchar is a guitarist and composer who has played for Broadway shows such as Wicked and Book of Mormon. Together, they have developed a catalogue of pop/R&B music that will be performed by many incredible artists including Tony Award winner Lillias White (The Life, Fela), Ben Platt (“Pitch Perfect,” The Book of Mormon), Naturi Naughton (3LW, “Notorious,” “Fame”), Katie Thompson (Giant), Robin De Jesus (In the Heights), Christine Dwyer (Wicked),Mykal Kilgore (Motown), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon), Felicia Boswell (Memphis), Tamika Sonja Lawrence(If/Then), Daniel Torres (Evita), John Brink (Les Misérables) and many more.

Find out more about Douglas Lyons, his upcoming show, and his collaboration with Ethan Pakchar below!

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: 5 Interesting facts about South Pacific

South pacific bookHow many of you have seen or at least heard of the 1949 Rogers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific? This week’s THROWBACK THURSDAY is taking a look at the 10 time Tony award winning musical that has resonated with audience members for decades. The show was last revived in 2008, taking home 7 Tony awards while featuring Kelli O’Hara (currently in Bridges of Madison County) and Matthew Morrison (Glee).

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RESOURCE: Rising Circle Theater Collective’s Q Up

risingcircleIf you are an Asian American, South Asian or Indo Carribean teenage girl interested in theatre we’ve got a cool opportunity for you!

Rising Circle Theater Collective, is having a Theatre workshop for Asian American, South Asian and Indo Carribean teenage girls! The workshop is especially geared towards Empowerment – creating new works and nurturing new voices through movement, theater and improv. One of the best parts? It’s FREE! Keep reading for more details, including access to the application.

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TALKS: Next to Normal’s Kevin Ray Johnson

New Headshot by William WaybournKevin Ray Johnson is one of few Black actors to be cast in the Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical Next to Normal on the regional level. In fact, including his most recent production, he’s been in the production four times! Each time performing the role of the Doctor from as far as Alaska to, currently, Maryland. There also happens to be another artist of color in the show!

Keep reading to learn more about his experience and how race does/n’t play a part of the process.

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SHOWCASE 2014: NYU Steinhardt

graduate showcaseOur showcase series continues with NYU Steinhardt’s Class of 2014! Get to know some of the wonderful artists of color who will be featured in an upcoming showcase here in NYC. Visit their site for more details on attending both their grad and undergrad showcases coming up this month!

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Take a Guess!

Question_markThis week’s THROWBACK THURSDAY is a precursor to next weeks! We wanted to try something fun and have you guess, based on clues, which show will be featured. This show hit the stage in 1990 and has been a major icon ever since. Do you know what it is? Check out the images below and use your Broadway expertise to guess which show it is!

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Recap: Beyond Puck-Performing Shakespeare in Asian America

Credit: Andy Yao

Credit: Andy Yao

Last Friday, we mentioned a panel discussion entitled, “Beyond Puck: Performing Shakespeare in Asian America.” The panel brought together a group of 7 Asian and Asian American Shakespearean actors on the set of Richard III at NYU Skirball. Led by Elena Chang and Soriya Chum of the Asian American Arts Alliance, the discussion began with the question, “Why Puck?”

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