CAATA Names Soriya K. Chum Inaugural Executive Director
BY Robbie Armstrong, February 14, 2020
The Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists mission is to advance the field of Asian American theater through a national network of organizations and artists. Bringing together local and regional artists and leaders, CAATA holds national conferences and festivals in different parts of the country.
“This is a milestone for CAATA and our field,” said outgoing board president Victor Malana Maog in a statement. “With Soriya K. Chum’s holistic and strategic approach and experience to community building, organizing, and artmaking, he was the unanimous choice for this inaugural role. Under Soriya’s leadership in partnership with the board of directors, our family of artists, organizations, and allies will be better poised to create a network of increased support and resources, radical inclusivity and innovation, social justice, and a forever home.”
Chum comes to CAATA with a diverse background in artistic management and producing, with more than nine years of program management, fundraising, and community engagement experience in the arts and culture sector. Prior to transitioning to CAATA, he managed public programs for the flagship branch of the New York Public Library in Bryant Park. There he planned and developed a season including more than 100 talks, readings, and symposia each year. Previously, he served as the manager of public programs with the Asian American Arts Alliance and the manager of Humanities and Studio Programs with Theatre for a New Audience. While attending Columbia, Chum was a curatorial team member for the Pen World Voices Festival at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.
In a statement, Chum exclaimed “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to lead CAATA in its efforts to strengthen its infrastructure and carry out its vision. I look forward to working collaboratively with the board of directors and CAATA’s members to discover the best pathways to help amplify the voices of the Asian American theatre community.”