All this week LA STAGE Times will present coverage of the 3rd Annual National Asian American Theater Festival via daily vlogs from Krystal Banzon, a first generation Filipina American who is an emerging theater director. Click here to read Krystal’s other posts.
Krystal’s Vlog #1: Pre-Conference Excitement
I have been to all three of the National Asian American Theater Festivals – the first two in New York, where I am currently based, and now here, the 3rd Annual, in my birthplace, the City of Angels.Â I am so excited and honored to be vlogging the conference and festival.Â Multicultural and Asian American theater are my passions.Â I am determined to do my part in helping broaden the scope of theater, and open audiences to new and underrepresented narratives.Â I believe deeply in the power of telling stories, and this week – this inspiring week of conference sessions, discussions, and shows – exemplifies the strength of the Asian American theater community, not just in artistry, but in vision as well.Â This year’s theme is “New Directions.”Â It takes guts to think of New Directions – a new direction might mean some things might have to be left behind. That is a provocative and powerful thought.
This week I’ll be doing a vlog everyday of the conference and the festival.Â I hope you enjoy this first one, about myself and my hopes and expectations of this week.Â Come back for more, and if you are at the ConFest and you see me and my little flipcam walking around, please come say hello!
Three down, and a lifetime of excellent Asian American theater to go.
Check out Krystal’s full Vlog here:
Krystal Banzon has an MPS in interactive telecommunications from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.Â Her interest lies in the intersections of technology, performance, and multicultural/race studies. Banzon is a recipient of a SDC Foundation Observership with Chay Yew. She is an LGBT Point Foundation Scholar for theatrical directing, and a 2011 Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot US/UK Exchange director. Banzon was a 2007 Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines where she directed a Filipino adaptation of José Rivera’s Marisol. Â Theater includes Dogeaters (HFST), Parang Sabil: The Ballad of the Kris (AD, New WORLD Theater), The Silent Soprano (AD, Dulaang UP), Ama Namin (CCP), Out Cry (AD, NAATCO), Leah’s Train (AD, NAATCO), Throat (AD, INTAR), Post No Bills (AD, Rattlestick), The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret (Under St. Marks), One Journey: Stitching Stories Across the Mexican “American” Border (TheaterLab), Gladiators (OVNV). You can see her work at http://banzon.carbonmade.com/