CHUANG Stage

CHUANG Stage

CHUANG Stage identifies itself as both a professional theatre and community organization, changing the faces of Boston theatre by bringing more pan-Asian artists into sight. Our annual two-show season features innovative plays by Boston's very-own Asian American playwrights and nationally renowned works with a local community-oriented interpretation. Our flagship education

CHUANG Stage

Founded in 2018, CHUANG Stage is the first Mandarin-English bilingual, bicultural theater company nationwide; our mission is to cultivate joyful and challenging Asian American stories that pioneer a new activism in the arts. Our vision is a future in the American theatre moved forward by theatre artists and audiences of Asian descent. Our values: - Ensuring inclusive and accessible theater experiences for Mandarin-English bilingual communities in Boston. - Harnessing the power of art in nurturing the cultural well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. - Celebrating the perspectives and contributions of immigrants in shaping the diversity of America. - Cultivating a progressive and disruptive work environment for theatre artists and administrators. - Fostering inter-racial solidarity and unity among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. CHUANG Stage is a proud LaunchPad Residency company at Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, MA.) CHUANG Stage thrives as a women-and-queer-led organization and an artistic home for immigrant and Asian American and Pacific Islander theatermakers in Greater Boston, through seasonal productions that nurture new works and pan-Asian stories that advance the bilingual narrative. CHUANG Stage identifies itself as both a professional theatre and community organization, changing the faces of Boston theatre by bringing more pan-Asian artists into sight. Our annual two-show season features innovative plays by Boston's very-own Asian American playwrights and nationally renowned works with a local community-oriented interpretation. Our flagship education initiative, CHUANG Lab@Emerson is a student-led theater program that produces in response to the needs of Chinese immigrant youths at Emerson College.

About the Organization:

Founded in 2018, CHUANG Stage is the first Mandarin-English bilingual, bicultural theater company nationwide; our mission is to cultivate joyful and challenging Asian American stories that pioneer a new activism in the arts. Our vision is a future in the American theatre moved forward by theatre artists and audiences of Asian descent. Our values: - Ensuring inclusive and accessible theater experiences for Mandarin-English bilingual communities in Boston. - Harnessing the power of art in nurturing the cultural well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. - Celebrating the perspectives and contributions of immigrants in shaping the diversity of America. - Cultivating a progressive and disruptive work environment for theatre artists and administrators. - Fostering inter-racial solidarity and unity among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. CHUANG Stage is a proud LaunchPad Residency company at Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, MA.) CHUANG Stage thrives as a women-and-queer-led organization and an artistic home for immigrant and Asian American and Pacific Islander theatermakers in Greater Boston, through seasonal productions that nurture new works and pan-Asian stories that advance the bilingual narrative. CHUANG Stage identifies itself as both a professional theatre and community organization, changing the faces of Boston theatre by bringing more pan-Asian artists into sight. Our annual two-show season features innovative plays by Boston's very-own Asian American playwrights and nationally renowned works with a local community-oriented interpretation. Our flagship education initiative, CHUANG Lab@Emerson is a student-led theater program that produces in response to the needs of Chinese immigrant youths at Emerson College.

organizational budget

$50,000 - $100,000

existence for

0-5 Years

The Issue:

CHUANG Stage is made possible by our local community of artists. However, the Asian American theater artists community in Greater Boston is currently facing significant challenges, including a lack of support and limited employment opportunities. Unlike other major cities in the US, Boston currently lacks active groups dedicated to uplifting and uniting local Asian American voices and talents in Boston. Instead, our local artists are often hired sporadically when predominantly white performing arts institutions include one Asian American play in their season. Over the past five years, Asian American theater artists in Boston have been presented with a meager average of only 3-6 job opportunities annually.
The findings from our recent 2022-23 Greater Boston Asian American Theater Artists survey underscore the gravity of the situation. A staggering 71% of Boston’s Asian American artists feel disconnected from their community, and 65% think that their theater work environment lacks a sense of safety. 100% of survey answers expressed a strong desire for a grassroots coalition that can actively promote equity, inclusion, and community responsibility within this predominantly white and racially segregated local arts industry. Beyond CHUANG Stage's two-show production season, our Asian American artists desperately need to connect, unite, and rise in a system that sets us apart. For in-school arts students at major institutions, the need to learn about the local industry and find Asian American mentorship is extremely high, particularly in a city with the #1 highest concentration of immigrant students in the US. For mid-career artists, arts employment rate and pay grade are unsatisfying since 85% of Boston's Asian American theater artists identify as non-equity (non-union) , leaving them with limited opportunities . Institutions, established directors, and producers are unable to locate and connect with new Asian American talents outside of the people they repeatedly hire. All these groups endure varying degrees of tokenism, racism, and stereotypes when offering their talents within predominantly white-led spaces. Boston's Asian American artists require an immediate and united coalition to enable the sharing of art opportunities, equitable distribution of resources, and the advancement of equity in the local community.

The Solution:

In response to this pressing need, CHUANG Stage is determined to revitalize and become the new home for the Asian American Theater Artists of Boston, a revered grassroots coalition that, despite staffing shortages and funding challenges since 2021, has been cherished and actively sustained by the active members themselves. Since its founding in 2018, the coalition's core membership community and resource-sharing infrastructure have sustained, therefore remaining the largest Asian artist network in the region. To achieve this goal, CHUANG Stage will collaborate closely with the founder and director of the Asian American Theater Artists of Boston, Sarah Shin. Together, we will provide vital services to empower our artists through opportunity and employment newsletters, artist affinity space, community advocacy initiatives, mentorship programs, and maintaining a platform to host the extensive network of over 250 Asian American artists. In spring 2024, CHUANG Stage plans to onboard an additional part-time staff member to spearhead the rebuilding of the coalition, which will be complemented by the comprehensive marketing and development support provided by CHUANG Stage. The coalition's offerings will be designed to address the diverse needs of Asian American artists in Greater Boston, including: - Quarterly Asian American artist retreat, - Mentorship program to pair an early-career artist with a mid-to-established artist, - Monthly resource and employment opportunity roundup with artist spotlight, - A comprehensive database of active Asian American artists in Greater Boston, - Annual Greater Boston Asian American Theater Artists survey to inform ongoing initiatives - Anti-racist and interracial solidarity training offered to the public and PWI institutions, - And other emergent advocacy initiatives in response to the community's needs. By providing new support and expanding our capacity, we will ensure the continued growth and prosperity of the Asian American Theater Artists of Boston, which is pivotal to the advancement of local Asian American arts and essential in meeting the needs of our community. This initiative is aligned with CHUANG Stage's existing mission and values, as we strive to enhance our community's well-being and empower a vibrant future for Asian American arts in the region.

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