Screening

CAATA ConFest Virtual Series: Return to the Source | Episode 2

Monday, September 14, 2020
7PM

SERIES PREMIERE ON MONDAY, AUGUST 10 at 1PM HST, 3PM AKDT, 4PM PDT, 5PM MDT, 6PM CDT, 7PM EDT!

Hosted by CAATA ConFest Chairs Leilani Chan (Founding Artistic Director, TeAda Productions) and Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker (Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Hawaii at Manoa) with a performance by Ka Hālau Hanakeaka, the Hawaiian Theatre Program based in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and introduce CAATA’s ConFest Hawai'i 2021 keynote speakers, including Dr. R. Keawe Lopes, Director & Associate Professor of Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language; Sammie Choy, Professor of Asian American Drama & Theatre, Kapiʻolani Community College; and Hone Kouka (Ngati Porou, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Kahungunu), acclaimed Maori writer, director, and co-founder of the theatre production house Tawata Productions.

SERIES SCHEDULE

The series will air on the second Monday of the month through April 2021 with all times at 1PM HST, 3PM AKDT, 4PM PDT, 5PM MDT, 6PM CDT, 7PM EDT on HowlRound TV, CAATA’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel:

Series episodes will be hosted by the following theatre companies and artistic leaders:

Monday, August 10, 2020
“Kuʻu ʻĀina, Kuʻu Piko, Kuʻu Kahua: Return to the Source,” hosted by Leilani Chan (Founder & Artistic Director, TeAda Productions) and Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker (Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Hawaii at Manoa), Honolulu, HI.

Monday, September 14, 2020
“Modeling Solidarity: Theatre As Political Action,” hosted by Leslie Ishii (Artistic Director, Perseverance Theatre, Juneau, AK, and Moses Goods (Founder & Artistic Director, ʻInamona Theatre Company, Honolulu, Hawai’i).

Monday, October 12, 2020 (Indigenous Peoples Day)
“Artists on the Frontlines: Creativity & Change During Covid-19,” hosted by Leilani Chan (Founding Artistic Director, TeAda Productions, Los Angeles, CA).

Monday, November 9, 2020
“Nomadic Imagination: Transnational Homelands & Cultural Return,” hosted by Andrea Assaf (Executive Director, Art2Action, NYC and Tampa, FL; and Steering Committee Member, MENA Theatre Makers Alliance) and Jamil Khoury, (Co-Executive Artistic Director, Silk Road Rising, Chicago, IL)

Monday, December 14, 2020
“From the Source, Seeds for a Myriad of Worlds,” hosted by Roger Tang (Executive Director, Pork Filled Productions, Seattle, WA).

Monday, January 11, 2021
“Revolutionary Acts: Lasting Impact of CAATA CONFESTs,” hosted by Kt Shorb (Producing Artistic Director, Generic Ensemble Company, (Austin, TX).

Monday, February 8, 2021
“Return to Our Stories: Festival Artists Showcase,” hosted Joan Osato (Producing Director, Youth Speaks, San Francisco, CA).

Monday, March 8, 2021
“Directing & Ensemble Creation: Asian American Directors in Conversation & Practice,” hosted by Meena Natarajan (Artistic/Executive Director, Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis, MN) and Assaf.

Monday, April 12, 2021
“Hoʻokipa Malihini: Welcoming You (Responsibly) to Hawaiʻi and Our Time Together During ConFest,” hosted by Baker, Chan, Goods, and CAATA ConFest Local Coordinator Ryan I. Kahaʻiʻōlelo Sueoka, Honolulu, HI.

ABOUT THE SERIES

Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA)‘s ConFest Virtual Series will feature the work of Asian American artists and theatres from across the country. The virtual series will explore the theme of the upcoming 7th Annual Asian American Theater Festival & Conference (ConFest Hawai'i 2021) “Kuʻu ʻĀina, Kuʻu Piko, Kuʻu Kahua - Return to the Source” in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi in May 2021.

“The ConFest Virtual Series will feature artists who represent some of the most groundbreaking work in American theatre, and includes stories from across the breadth of the Asian American diaspora, including Hawaiʻi, Egypt, Vietnam, and more,” said ConFest Steering Committee Chairs Leilani Chan (Founding Artistic Director, TeAda Productions) and Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker (Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Hawaii at Manoa) They added, “This series is not meant to be a replacement for the conference and festival, but is an offering to begin discussions around artists, topics and themes proposed by the field that we hope will culminate in celebration when we are able to gather in person again next year. Our goal is to also continue dialogue with other networks of color and connect artists with current BIPOC movements.”

The series will be produced with HowlRound Theatre Commons in Boston, MA, a nonprofit organization that operates as part of Emerson Collegeʻs Office of the Arts. HowlRound provides a free and open platform for theatre-makers worldwide that amplifies progressive, disruptive ideas about the art form and facilitates connection between diverse practitioners. The series will be presented on HowlRound TV, HowlRoundʻs global, commons-based peer-produced, open access live streaming and video archive project.

Series artists will be announced at a later date. CAATA staff member Ariel Estrada is the series Line Producer, and Maximiliano Urruzmendi-Mele will be the series Technical Director, More information about the ConFest Virtual Series can be found on CAATAʻs website at www.caata.net.

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