As 2019 draws to a close, I'm delighted to say that this year ended on a high note for me. This past September, I had the good fortune to join the cast of "Model Majority," NYC's first comedy all-Asian comedy sketch team. Our team has graced a variety of venues across the city and most recently has performed at both the Magnet Theater's King of Shows and the Asian American Arts Alliance's Comedy Town Hall.
While we as a race are rarely known for our sense of humor, Asian-Americans have been making strides in the field of stand-up and sketch comedy thanks to the likes of the hilarious Ali Wong and hysterical Bowen Yang of SNL. So, I am thrilled to be a part of the Asian Comedy Movement that is striving to change that stereotype.
June 12, 2019
A few weeks ago, I had the distinct privilege of making my debut as a member of the NAAP (National Asian Artist's Project) Broadway Chorus. Directed and choreographed by Tony award-winning Baayork Lee, this chorus comprised entirely of New York's most talented Asian-American singers presented an enchanting evening of music by Alfred Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. In addition to performing in the choreographed ensemble numbers, I was featured as the Paint Your Wagon soloist and received the opportunity to sing one of my dream roles.
June 2, 2019
The only thing more rewarding than helping develop an original musical is being able to rejoin its incredible cast and creative team as it continues to the next stage of its journey, which is why I was so excited to hear that "The Monkey King" would be returning to Roosevelt Island for a one-night only rock concert at this year's Figment Festival! This remounted version of the show not only revisited the original score, but also featured several new songs. I was particularly thrilled to reprise my role as the Jade Emperor's Herald and take over an additional role as Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy.
This past September, I had the pleasure of taking part in a reading of Julia Chang's short film, Over You, at the Ma-Yi Theatre. It was presented by Asian Cinevision as a part of the Asian American Film Social's Fall Reading Series. The event was covered by a local Chinese news network, NDTV.
My latest project is a developmental lab performance of "The Monkey King." Composed and written by Jonathan and Kimbirdlee Fadner, this exciting new musical is a masterful rendition of the Ancient Chinese folktale with a fun and modern twist. It is directed by Lucille Lortel Nominee and NAAP co-founder, Steven Eng. Yours truly will be originating the role of the Jade Emperor's Herald. Upcoming performance venues on this tour include the Howe Theatre and the Queens Theatre.
Several months ago, I had the good fortune of collaborating with the talented actor and director, John Wu on a comedic short, entitled When Asian Actors Audition for Commercials. This sketch offers a humorous look at the racial stereotypes that my fellow Asian-American performers and I often encounter in this industry. Below is the finished version for your enjoyment!
Year of Production: 2017
Running Time: 6:46 min
Director: John Wu