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Lily Tung Crystal* (Founding Artistic Director/Actor/Director) is immensely grateful to be working with this talented group of theatre artists and to receive so much support from the Bay Area theatre community. As an actor, Lily’s favorite roles include: 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), and The Mother/The Doctor in Ferocious Lotus' world premiere of JC Lee’s Crane. Lily also created the roles of Mrs. Park in Jay Kuo's new musical Worlds Apart (Magic Theatre, New World Stages) and Tye Leung Schulze in Tye, her one-woman play about the first Chinese-American woman to vote. 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 Best Direction of a Play. She is an associate artist at Those Women Productions and a 2009 Theatre Bay Area Titan Award winner.

Leon Goertzen* (Founding Associate Artistic 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) recently appeared in Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters (Magic Theatre) and originated the roles of Tala in Monstress (American Conservatory Theatre) and Gloria Windham (The Nymphomaniac) in the musical The Cable Car Nymphomaniac (FOGG Theater).  Other world premieres include 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); 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).  She has also 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.


Christopher Chen (Playwright) has written The Hundred Flowers Project, Mutt, The Late Wedding, Into The Numbers, Caught, Aulis: An Act Of Nihilism In One Long Act and You Mean To Do Me Harm. His full-length works have been produced and developed across the United States and abroad, including at the American Conservatory Theater, Asian American Theater Company, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Beijing Fringe, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Central Works, Crowded Fire, Cutting Ball Theater, Edinburgh Fringe, Fluid Motion, hotINK Festival, InterAct Theatre, Just Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Silk Road Rising, Sundance Theatre Lab, Theatre Mu, U.C. Berkeley and The Vineyard. Chris is the recipient of the 2013 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and was playwright in residence at The Vineyard Theatre for the 13/14 season. Other honors include: For The Hundred Flowers Project the Glickman Award, the Rella Lossy Playwriting Award, shortlist for the 2013 James Tait Black Award, and a nomination for the Steinberg Award; for Into The Numbers 2nd Place in the Belarus Free Theater International Competition of Modern Dramaturgy and a Ford Foundation Emerging Writer of Color Grant; finalist for the PONY and Jerome Fellowships. Current commission: San Francisco Playhouse. Chris is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from S.F. State.

Will Dao (Actor) is proud to be a part of Ferocious Lotus! He has been a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company since 2015 where he is currently performing in Shakespeare in Love and The Merry Wives of Windsor through October 2017. 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.

May Liang (Literary Manager/Director) is an emerging Director/Theater Artist and Literary Manager for Ferocious Lotus. She has most recently worked with California Shakespeare Theater as the Social Impact Consultant/Asst. Dramaturge for Shakespeare’s As You Like It, directed by Desdemona Chiang, and was a Cal Shakes Triangle Lab Intern in the past. Other local companies she's worked with include PlayGround Center for New Plays (Directing Fellow 2017), Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, Crowded Fire Theater (Resident Artist/Mentee), Bindlestiff Studios, Ubuntu Theater Project, Berkeley Repertory Theater’s Ground Floor Lab, TheaterFirst, Bay Area Children's Theater and Impact Theater. May was also a member of the 2017 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. She graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Theater/Performance Studies and Integrative Biology and currently works at the San Francisco Film Commission.

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.

Mina Morita (Director) is the Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theater. Previously, she served as the Artistic Associate at Berkeley Rep and its center for the creation and development of new work, The Ground Floor. During her time at Berkeley Rep, Mina artistically coordinated the Fireworks Festival, directed Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again, and directed a staged reading of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. As assistant director there, she worked with a number of directors including Tony Taccone for Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, and with Les Waters for Sarah Ruhl’s In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (which received a Tony nomination). In 2012, Mina worked with Anna Deavere Smith as the artistic coordinator for her play On Grace.

As a freelance director, she has worked at Shotgun Players (By and By, The Great Divide, and The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden), UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Playhouse (Aulis: An Act of Nihilism in One Long Act, by Christopher Chen), Crowded Fire's (Blackademics), Just Theater (Underneath the Lintel), TheatreFIRST (Fire Work), Sleepwalkers Theatre (The Nature Line), Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project, Playwrights’ Foundation, Impact Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, and Bay Area Children’s Theatre, among others. In 2014, Mina won the Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon at BACT). In 2016, she will co-direct Young Jean Lee's The Shipment with Lisa Marie Rollins at Crowded Fire. Beyond Mina’s work as a director, she is a member of the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Community Arts Panel. Previously, Mina served as Board President of Shotgun Players and was one of the original founders of Bay Area Children’s Theatre where she served as interim Executive Director in 2011.

Mina holds a degree in directing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, was awarded the Bret C. Harte Fellowship at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, received the National Arts Strategies Future Leadership Fellowship, and participated in the 2014 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.

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’s School of the Arts.

Annie Wang (Associate Member, Dramaturg) is a first-generation artist-scholar advancing the works of women and Asian Americans in the performing arts. She has used Julius Caesar as a framework through which to consider the potential catastrophic effects of environmental and infrastructural collapse on modern communities, and explored how Eastern identities are appropriated and erased when adapted from one medium of narrative fiction into another. Her pedagogy is influenced significantly by her time as a member of the Wellesley College Shakespeare Society, and in her scholarship on the legacy of Orientalism in popular American film. Annie is currently pursuing her MFA in Dramaturgy at Columbia University School of the Arts.

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; Ferocious Lotus – Lu Shen, the Mad; Center REP - Sisters Matsumoto; 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.

Advisory Board

Mekhala Chatterjee
Philip Kan Gotanda
Diane Takei Gotanda
Lauren Gunderson
David Henry Hwang
Christine Wang Morris
Brad Rubenstein
Susan Shay
Nonoko Sato
M. Graham Smith