Producing Artistic Director, East West Players
Tim recently stepped down as producing artistic director of East West Players (EWP), the longest running professional theatre of color in the United States and the largest creator of Asian Pacific American work for the live stage. Through his 23 years of leadership, East West Players moved from a 99-seat black box space in the Silverlake area to the professionally equipped 240-seat David Henry Hwang Theater located in Little Tokyo Los Angeles in 1998. Tim has been challenging the American theatre (with the 51% Preparedness Plan for the American Theatre) to implement policy within each theatre’s strategic plan setting goals for more equity, diversity and inclusion in their artistic programming. This past November, the Society of Directors and Choreographers recognized Tim with the Zelda Fichandler Award for transforming the regional theatre arts landscape through theatre. Tim is Co-Chair on the LA County Board of Supervisors Advisory Committee on Cultural Equity and Inclusion. Tim will continue to initiate and innovate diversity and inclusion across the American theatre.
East West Players directing credits include, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, BEIJING SPRING, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, CHESS, KRUNK FU BATTLE BATTLE (World Premiere), MYSTERIOUS SKIN (Los Angeles Premiere), IMELDA: A NEW MUSICAL (World Premiere/New York Premiere), PIPPIN, EQUUS, VOICES FROM OKINAWA (World Premiere), PASSION (Los Angeles Premiere), NISEI WIDOWS CLUB, PACIFIC OVERTURES (Ovation Award) SWEENEY TODD (Ovation Award), and INTO THE WOODS. Tim has also directed at Singapore Repertory Theatre, PanAsian Repertory Theatre (New York), Asian American Theater Company (San Francisco), Mark Taper Forum New Works Festival, Celebration Theatre, West Coast Ensemble and Perseverance Theatre (Juneau, Alaska). Tim wrote the book and lyrics for the musical BEIJING SPRING, the lyrics for the musical CANTON JAZZ CLUB, and was co-writer on the trilogy of comedies, THE NISEI WIDOWS CLUB, THE NISEI WIDOWS CLUB: HOLIDAY ON THIN ICE and THE NISEI WIDOWS CLUB: HOW TOMI GOT HER GROOVE BACK.