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From West to East: How Musical Theatre has Transformed?
November 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
From West to East, How Musical Theatre has Transformed?
A Discussion on Musical Theatre in Taiwan and Korea Tuesday, November 10
Livestream via HowlRound.tv Featuring
LIN MENG-HUAN, award-winning writer of HBO’s “The Teenage Psychic” & creator of “Tropical Angels”
SHENG LEI, rising New York-based composer & creator of “Tropical Angels”
CHARLENE (TSAI YUAN) LIN, Senior Manager, Production and Marketing, Taipei Performing Arts Center
JI HYUN (KAYLA) YUH, author of “Korean Musical Theatre’s Past”
LEO YU-NING CHANG, bilingual actor, singer, and educatorJoin us for a discussion to explore how Western-dominated musical theatre has been adapted in the Asian theatre scene. Derived from Broadway and West End theatres, the first original musical theatre production in Taiwan dated back to 1987. Musical theatre artists in Taiwan have been exploring various music styles, different languages, and production scales for the past thirty years, yet struggled with lack of public resources and a viable business model. On the other hand, the musical theatre industry is on the rise in South Korea, despite the increasing cost of production and saturated domestic demands.We invite musical theatre artists and specialists from Taiwan, Korea, and the U.S. to share their insights on how Taiwanese and Korean musical theatres developed to what it is now. Including composer Sheng Lei and playwright Lin Meng-Huan, creators of Tropical Angels, a translated musical, Charlene Lin (Taipei Performing Arts Center, Taiwan), and Ji Hyun (Kayla) Yuh (Montclair State University, U.S.). Moderated by performer and educator Leo Yu-Ning Chang, and followed by a Q&A session.Please also join us for the English premiere of Tropical Angel the following day, November 11 at 6:30pm EST.
https://www.facebook.com/events/830084731084349Co-curated by Yu Chien Liu and Chi-Ping Yen. Presented by Taipei Cultural Center in New York in collaboration with HowlRound TV and Musical Theatre Factory, with support from the Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. (Taiwan). The Mandarin production of “Tropical Angels” is a 2019 – 2020 Artist-in-Residence project of the National Taichung Theater, Taiwan.《熱帶天使》為台中國家歌劇院駐館藝術家創作計畫，本線上講座由主創藝術家林孟寰及雷昇邀集台灣和韓國音樂劇專家，針對音樂劇在東亞的發展與現況分享討論。與談者特別邀請臺北表演藝術中心節目行銷處資深經理林采韻及旅美韓國學者呂知炫(Ji Hyon Kayla Yuh)，由雙語音樂劇演員張祐寧主持，於台灣時間11月11日早上7時30分以英文進行。*《熱帶天使》華語版為2019-2020臺中國家歌劇院駐館藝術家創作計畫之創作—–
About the Panelists
LIN MENG-HUAN 林孟寰 (大資）
Lin Meng-Huan a.k.a Dazi currently serves as Artist-in-Residence of National Taichung Theater, Taiwan. With a Master’s degree from the Department of Drama and Theater at National Taiwan University, Lin’s works span across theatre, children’s play, and television. He has received awards including the Hong Kong Youth Literary Awards, Taipei Literature Award for Best Script, and the Script Award of Taipei Children’s Art Festival, while his publications include On Meicun Road as well as many children’s drama, poetry, short fiction, and children’s stories. As for stage shows, Lin has given birth to more than 20 staged productions including A Dog’s House, ARK 47, and children’s play Jane’s Magic Dragon Egg. The TV series The Teenage Psychic, in which Lin was a member of the screenwriter group, was shortlisted for Best Script for Mini-Series/TV Movie at the Golden Bell Awards. He/Him/His.SHENG LEI 雷昇
Sheng Lei is a New York City based composer/musician born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan with an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He is currently writing and developing a historical musical, Tropical Angels, supported by the National Taichung Theater of Taiwan, which projects to go into production in 2021. He is always excited in collaborating with artists of all kinds of medium, including musical theatre, plays, and dance. He believes musical theatre is an ultimate form of storytelling which has no boundaries nor limitations – capable of expressing the inexpressible, making the unseen heard. He/Him/His.CHARLENE (TSAI YUAN) LIN 林采韻
Charlene (Tasi Yuan) Lin is Senior Manager of the Department of Production and Marketing at Taipei Performing Arts Center, also an acclaimed music critic and radio host. In her professional career, she at first served as Senior Reporter for the Culture Division in “China Times.” She is the author of “Carpe Diem: A Comprehensive Interpretation of Music Ecology,” as well as co-author on several books, including “The Complete Guide: 40 Years of Taiwan Contemporary Theatre.”JI HYON (KAYLA) YUH 呂知炫
Ji Hyon (Kayla) Yuh holds a PhD in Theatre from CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of “Korean Musical Theatre’s Past: Yegrin and the Politics of 1960s Musical Theatre” in The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers and “Modern Theatre in North Korea” and “Modern Musicals in Asia (Korea)” in the Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre. Her research concerns Koreans’ understanding of self and racial(ized) others through musical theater productions in South Korea. Currently, she is teaching theatre history and Asian theatre to undergraduate and graduate students at Montclair State University in New Jersey, US. She/Her/Hers.LEO YU-NING CHANG 張祐寧
Leo Yu-Ning Chang is a bilingual actor, singer, and educator originally from Taiwan. Chang currently teaches at Marymount Manhattan College, New York City Center, and serves on the committee of Representation, Equity, and Inclusion for Musical Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA.) Before coming to the States, he was a co-founder of an award-winning A Cappella Band-Guess What. His selected credits include Revelation: The Musical (Off-Broadway), Monkey King, Bubble Boy, Farewell My Concubine (Reading), Mr. Holland’s Opus (Reading), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Company, The Full Monty, and Enchanted April. MFA: San Diego State University. He/Him/His. For more information, please visit leoyuningchang.com—–
About the Presenters
TAIPEI CULTURAL CENTER in NEW YORK
The Taipei Cultural Center in New York — an overseas branch of the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan — focuses on collaborating with professional organizations to promote Taiwanese arts and culture in the U.S. as well as building mutual understanding through various arts and cultural activities. ny.us.taiwan.culture.twMUSICAL THEATRE FACTORY
Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) is a nonprofit arts services organization committed to dismantling oppressive ideologies toward collective liberation, centering artists of excellence who exist in the intersections of underrepresented groups. We develop changemaking new musicals in a joyous, collaborative community free from commercial constraints. We are led by the passion to transform culture and do so through serving and gathering an artistic community that makes art to make change.wwwmtf.nycHOWLROUND TV
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer-produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world’s performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively.