Two Alumnae on Creative Team for 'Rooted: Stories of Belonging Inspired by Asian Elders'
BY Nicole Saldarriaga, June 16, 2021
Theatre Management and Producing alumna Sunshine Lampitoc Smith '08 and Dramaturgy alumna Annie Jin Wang '20 participated in the creation of a devised production called Rooted: Stories of Belonging Inspired by Asian Elders.
Produced by Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, Rooted was created in response to the recent violent attacks against Asian elders. The creative team worked together with the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project, Self-Help for the Elderly, API Equality Northern California, and the Tessaku Project to collect the oral histories on which the short pieces in this series are based.
According to Ferocious Lotus, "Our company was compelled to create a performance that promotes healing and displays the humanity of the many seniors who often go unseen and unheard. By uplifting the diverse stories and voices of our elders, we advocate for their care and well-being."
Tickets to watch the recorded event, which will be available for viewing until 10am Pacific Time on June 17th, are available here.
Sunshine Lampitoc Smith enjoys producing new plays and collaborating with and advocating for underrepresented theater artists and audiences. She currently serves as General Manager of Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company and Marketing/Communications Officer for Theatre Bay Area. She has worked at Z Space, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Signature Theatre Company (NYC). Producing credits with Lodestone Theater Ensemble (Los Angeles), Ma-Yi Theater Company (NYC), Leviathan Lab (NYC), and the Summer Play Festival for Emerging Playwrights (NYC).
Annie Jin Wang is a first-generation Chinese-American dramaturg, writer, and visual artist working across the United States with a focus on decolonizing the artistic process. From new play development to revitalizing classic texts for today’s audiences, Wang’s body of work primarily investigates constructs of race, gender, and citizenship through a compassionate and critical lens. She works closely with playwrights, directors, and other generative artists to articulate their fullest vision, and encourages inquiry-based artistic processes that are healthy, fearless, and joyful. In addition to live theatre, she has facilitated development and revision processes for opera, film, television, literature, and game design. Wang currently serves as the Communications & Marketing Manager at PlayCo, the Literary Manager at Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, and the Artistic Associate at Theater Mu.