May Liang (Artistic Director/Director) was named artistic director after serving as our literary manager from 2014 to 2019. May is a female stage director/theatre artist of color establishing a career in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked with American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theater’s Ground Floor Lab, California Shakespeare Theater, Crowded Fire Theater (Resident Artist), Bay Area Children's Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, Bindlestiff Studios, Contra Costa Civic Theater, Just Theater, PlayGround Center for New Plays (Directing Fellow 2017), San Francisco Playhouse, TheaterFirst, TheaterWorks, and Ubuntu Theater Project. May was a member of the 2017 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York City and was nominated for Outstanding Direction of a Play at the 2018 Theater Bay Area Awards for Inside Out and Back Again at Bay Area Children's Theatre. May graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in theatre and performance studies and integrative biology and currently works at the San Francisco Film Commission - Film SF as a Film Coordinator. She has been involved in productions such as Ballers on HBO and Always Be My Maybe on Netflix. In another life, she was a campaign organizer/activist for immigrant rights with ASPIRE—the first Pan-Asian undocumented immigrant youth organization housed under Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco.
Lily Tung Crystal* (Founder/Artistic Director Emeritus/Actor/Director). After founding and leading Ferocious Lotus for nine years, Lily is now the artistic director of Theater Mu in The Twin Cities, Minnesota. As an actor, Lily’s favorite roles include: Mrs. Shin/God #2/Niece in Good Person of Szechwan (Cal Shakes), Hotel Manager/Prosecutor Li in Chinglish (Portland Center Stage/Syracuse Stage), Bloody Mary in South Pacific (Mountain Play), Rachel Li/Rashida in Tough Titty (Magic Theatre), Amanda in Private Lives (Whirligig Theatre Productions, Shanghai), Lulu in Cabaret (SF Playhouse), Korean #2 in Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven (Crowded Fire, BATCC nomination), Mrs. Park in the world premiere of Jay Kuo’s World’s Apart (Magic Theatre, New World Stages), and Mother/Doctor in our world premiere of JC Lee’s Crane. Lily also does on-camera work and appeared in the film Steve Jobs. She made her directorial debut in 2015 helming Chinglish at Palo Alto Players, for which she garnered a TBA Award nomination for Outstanding Direction. In 2018, she directed our world premiere of Two Mile Hollow, which garnered 10 TBA Award finalists, including one for Outstanding Direction, and landed on four “Best of 2018” theatre lists. She most recently directed two musicals— Flower Drum Song at Palo Alto Players and Allegiance at CCCT. Lily is a 2009 Theatre Bay Area Titan Award winner, and a 2016 YBCA 100 honoree, named by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as a “creative pioneer making the provocations that will shape the future of culture.” www.lilytungcrystal.com.
Leon Goertzen* (Founding Associate Artistic Director/Casting Director/Actor) has worked at theaters in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, including East West Players, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Will and Company, Magic Theatre, Asian American Theater Company, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Road Theatre Company, Cutting Ball Theater, PlayGround, Aurora Theater Company, Bay Area Playwright's Festival, California Conservatory Theatre and New Conservatory Theater. Film credits include Quitters (with Kieran Culkin and Mira Sorvino) and Beauty and The Blade. Leon is a graduate of the School of Drama at UNC School of the Arts and is a member of Actors' Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild.
Rinabeth Apostol* (Actor) has appeared in Min Kahng’s The Four Immigrants at TheatreWorks (TBA Award nomination), Eugenie Chan’s Madame Ho, and Jiehae Park’s peerless at Marin Theatre Company. Other world premiere roles include: Tala in Monstress (American Conservatory Theatre), Gloria Windham (The Nymphomaniac) in the musical The Cable Car Nymphomaniac (FOGG Theater), Ana in Lauren Gunderson's Fire Work (TheatreFirst), FIRST (PlayGround/Aluminous Collective), The Kite Runner (Arizona Theatre Company & San Jose Rep) and Usaping Puki: The Vagina Monologues (Skirball Center for the Arts, New York). She has also appeared in: Aliens With Extraordinary Skills (B Street Theatre Company), Othello (Marin Theatre Company), Of Mice and Men (San Jose Rep On Tour), Avenue Q (San Jose Stage Company), RED (TheatreWorks) and Imelda: The Musical (East West Players, Los Angeles). Rinabeth has worked with Magic Theatre, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, Playwrights Foundation, Crowded Fire, American Musical Theatre of San Jose and the Armory Center for the Arts, Los Angeles. Her TV/film credits include appearances on Nickelodeon, Showtime, LOGO and several independent films, including LIT, which received critical acclaim at Frameline, Outfest, and Palm Springs International Film Festivals last summer. Rinabeth is also an educator/activist. When she's not performing, you can find her choreographing for musicals or lecturing on gender and racial inequity in the performing arts. She is also a proud company member of PlayGround and SAG-AFTRA. www.rinabeth.com
Will Dao* (Actor) is proud to be a part of Ferocious Lotus! He was a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company from 2015 to 2018 and most recently performed in King of the Yees at SF Playhouse. He has worked locally with AATC, Bay Area Children's Theater (TBA Outstanding Performance Award Finalist for Where The Mountain Meets The Moon), Berkeley Rep, Bindlestiff Studio, Central Works, Crowded Fire, Golden Thread, Killing My Lobster, Playwrights Foundation, Playground, and the Shotgun Players. He has performed in the San Francisco SketchFest, LitCrawl, and in new musicals as part of the New York Musical Theater Festival and Midtown Theater Festival. http://www.willdao.com
Jeffrey Lo (Playwright/Director) is a Filipino-American playwright and director based in the Bay Area. He is the recipient of the 2014 Leigh Weimers Emerging Arist Award, the 2012 Emerging Artist Laureate by Arts Council Silicon Valley and Theatre Bay Area Director's TITAN Award. His plays have been produced and workshopped at The BindleStiff Studio, City Lights Theatre Company and Custom Made Theatre Company. His play Writing Fragments Home was a finalist for the Bay Area Playwright's Conference and a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Playwright's Conference. Recent directing credits include Yellow Face and Dead Man's Cell Phone at Los Altos Stage Company, Uncle Vanya at the Pear Theatre (BATCC nomination for Best Production), Eurydice at Palo Alto Players (TBA Awards nomination for Best Direction), Some Girl(s) at Dragon Productions and The Drunken City at Renegade Theatre Experiment. Jeffrey has also worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Repertory and is a company member of Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company and SF Playground. He is the Casting Associate and Company Manager at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, a graduate of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute, and a proud alumnus of the UC Irvine Drama Department. http://www.JeffreyWritesAPlay.com
Ken Savage (Director) is a Bay Area theater director and works as the associate producer at American Conservatory Theater. He is also a director for A.C.T.’s Master of Fine Arts acting program and teacher in the Young Conservatory. Select directing credits: Sweeney Todd (SFBATCO), My Fair Lady (Broadway By the Bay), Spring Awakening, Hairspray, Sunday in the Park with George, The Fantasticks (Stanford University), The Aliens, The River Bride, and Sing, Sing, Sing! (A.C.T. M.F.A. Program). Ken has worked as an assistant director and in various artistic admin positions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater, Arena Stage, CalShakes, and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Musicals that he is developing and directing include: Gravity - A New(tonian) Musical (Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Music Theater Conference 2017, TheatreWorks New Works Festival 2016), Tinderella: A Modern Musical (FaultLine Theater/Custom Made Theatre Co.) and South of Market The Musical v.2. A Stanford graduate (M.A. Communication with a focus on virtual reality and performance, B.A. Drama), Ken is the recipient of the Silicon Valley Creates Artist Laureate Emerging Artist Award. kensavageproductions.com
Sunshine Lampitoc Smith (Producer/General Manager) enjoys producing new plays and collaborating with and advocating for underrepresented theater artists and audiences. She was most recently the Institutional Giving Manager at Z Space in SF’s historic Mission District. Prior to that, she worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Signature Theatre Company (NYC). Sunshine has also worked and produced with Lodestone Theater Ensemble (Los Angeles), Ma-Yi Theater Company (NYC), Leviathan Lab (NYC), and the Summer Play Festival for Emerging Playwrights (NYC). She earned her MFA in Theatre Management & Producing at Columbia University School of the Arts.
Annie Jin Wang (Dramaturg/Graphic Designer/Webmaster) is a first-generation dramaturg, playwright, and visual artist. From new play development to revitalizing classic texts for today’s audiences, her body of work primarily investigates constructs of race, gender, and citizenship through a critical and compassionate lens. Currently based in New York, she has been a company member of Ferocious Lotus since 2016, most recently serving as the production dramaturg on Two Mile Hollow. Other recent theatre credits include Flower Drum Song (Palo Alto Players), Carmen (Croatian National Theatre), and Medea and Richard III (Columbia University). Annie is a member of Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGround PlayGroup, a dramaturgy intern at The Metropolitan Opera, and has previously worked at The Play Company. She is currently an MFA candidate in Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts and holds a BA from Wellesley College. wang-annie.com
Cindy Cesca Yoshiyama (Managing Director) has worked in philanthropy (Zellerbach Family Foundation and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation) and nonprofit development over the better part of the last decade, supporting education and the arts/theatre (Berkeley Repertory Theatre) in the Bay Area. She is currently the director of development for an educational institution in San Francisco. Cindy has spent several years as a theatre producer and is passionate about creating pathways to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the performing arts.
Ogie Zulueta* (Actor) SF/Bay Area theatres: A.C.T. - Monstress (The Strand Theatre), After The War (understudy), The New Americans (First Look Workshop Series); Crowded Fire Theater – 100 Flowers Project, The Late Wedding; Magic Theatre - Dogeaters; Ferocious Lotus – Lu Shen, the Mad; Center REP - Sisters Matsumoto; Ubuntu Theatre - Rashomon, Streetcar Named Desire (upcoming); Playwrights Foundation – Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Other Regional Theatre: La Jolla Playhouse – Bay and the Spectacles of Doom; South Coast Rep. – Caucasian Chalk Circle, Dogeaters (Pacific Playwrights Festival); Mark Taper Forum – Architecture of Loss, L.A. Stories - 900 miles from Iraq; Antaeus Theatre Company/Boston Court – Pera Palas; Singapore Rep. – Hamlet; East West Players – The Tempest; Cornerstone Theatre Company/East West Players - As Vishnu Dreams; Playwrights’ Arena – Sleepwalk, Gumsimao; Nevada Shakespeare in The Park – Othello; Deaf West – Romeo and Juliet; East L.A. Classic Theatre - A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Sledgehammer Theatre – Three Sisters; Theatre Nada – The Battles of Coxinga, SoHo Rep. – Malibu. Film & T.V.: Day Without A Mexican, Pink as the Day She was Born, How to Make your First Billion & Save the World, My Bad Dad, One West Waikiki, First Years, 2 Guys and a Girl, L.A. Heat, Models Inc. https://sites.google.com/site/ogiezulueta/home
* Member, Actors' Equity Association
Philip Kan Gotanda
Diane Takei Gotanda
David Henry Hwang
Christine Wang Morris
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