ConFest and What I Saw, part 2

Actor and writer Anu Bhatt graciously detailed her experience at the 6th National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival, which took place in Chicago this August. Below is her continued story... Playwright Christopher Reyes and me ! Photo by Andrew Fillmore We had three plenary speakers all brought three different perspectives to the table. I’ll cover our first two, and leave David Henry Hwang to close us out! First, University of Hawai’i at Manoa Professor Tammy Haili’ōpua Baker spoke about the repression and attempted erasure of ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i (the Hawaiian language), when it was banned by the United States in 1893 after the overthrow of the Hawaiian constitutional monarchy. It is

ConFest, and What I Saw

It’s been two weeks since the sixth annual Asian-American Theater Festival (ConFest), hosted by the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA), took place right here in Chicago, and I am only finding the words right now. This conference was from August 13-18, 2018 in partnership with Victory Gardens Theater and the Theater School at DePaul University. Let me just say: it was…incredible. Asian-American theatremakers from all over the country (including Hawaii) came to our wonderful city to celebrate our stories onstage, and help empower each other to continue moving the bar forward for Asian-American artists. In the words of CAATA president and Theater Mu artistic director Randy

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