SUNDAY SPEAKER SERIES:
OUR SPEAKER SERIES takes place after the Matinee Performance (at about 3:30 PM)-- all YOU FOR ME FOR YOU ticket holders are welcome to attend.
Sunday APRIL 2nd - ROB BUSCHER - Director of Philadelphia Asian Film Festival
Rob is the Festival Director of Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, and a film and media specialist who has worked in many aspects of film including production, administration and distribution. Due in part to his biracial Japanese American heritage, Robʼs expertise is Japanese and East Asian Cinema although he has worked as a professional film programmer in a wide variety of genres. Some of his career highlights include co-founding Zipangu Fest - the UKʼs premier Japanese Film Festival, and creating the Japanese Cinema Studies and Asian American Studies curriculum at Arcadia University. Robʼs board affiliations include Japanese American Citizens League National Strategic Planning Committee, Pan Asian Association of Greater Philadelphia Heritage Month Celebration Planning Committee, JACL PHL Chapter and PHLDiversity Boards, Governor Wolfʼs Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Mayor Kenneyʼs Transition Team, 2016 DNC Host Committee Member, and Chair of the AAPI Arts Council of Pennsylvania.
Sunday APRIL 9th – MIA CHUNG - Author of YOU FOR ME FOR YOU
Recent recipient of the 2016 Stavis Playwright Award for an outstanding emerging playwright, Mia Chung is author of YOU FOR ME FOR YOU, THIS EXQUISITE CORPSE, and CATCH AS CATCH CAN.
YOU FOR ME FOR YOU had a world premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre (in association with Ma-Yi, supported by NEA; 2012) and UK premiere at The Royal Court Theatre in London (December 2015), and will be produced this year by both InterAct and Crowded Fire Theater in California. Additional productions have included Company One, Portland Playhouse, and Mu Performing Arts/Guthrie Theater. Mia’s work has been supported by awards, fellowships, and workshops, including the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, Blue Mountain Center, Civilians’ R&D Group, Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, Inkwell, LAByrinth, NYTW, RISCA, Southern Rep, the Stella Adler Studio, and TCG. She is a member of New Dramatists, and an alumni member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Huntington Playwright Fellows, and the Playwrights Realm.
Sunday APRIL 16 - JUNGWOONG KIM - Choreographer for YOU FOR ME FOR YOU
Kim was born and raised in South Korea, and had extensive training in martial arts and Korean traditional dance and ritual, both of which strongly inform his artistic vision and aesthetic. After graduating from Korea National University of the Arts in Seoul with a BFA in choreography, he performed and toured throughout Korea and Asia with the award-winning dance/theater group Trust Dance, and with other ensembles. Jungwoong's choreographic and collaborative works were presented at the National Theater of Korea (Jungwoong Kim, Continued) and supported by the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture.
In 2005 an award from the Arts Council of Korea brought him to New York City for advanced studies in Contact Improvisation and choreography. Later he studied Deep Listening practice with composer/educator Pauline Oliveros (2013-2014). In 2016 he was choreographer and a cast member for "A Single Shard", a regional premiere at People's Light, a professional theatre company in Malvern, PA. Since 2014 he has been an artist in residence at Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) in Philadelphia. He received a 2015 multi-year grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for SaltSoul, a multi-disciplinary creative/performance project. Jungwoong is often sought as a teacher of improvisation and Contact Improvisation. His teaching engagements include Philadelphia's University of the Arts, the University of Richmond, Korea National University of the Arts, Chonbuk National University, Earthdance, and community classes in Philadelphia, elsewhere in the U.S.
We hope you'll have a chance to join us!
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