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Over the years, Asian Pacific Americans are slowly making progress and getting their foot in the door inside the writers’ room in both television and film. How are they changing the Asian American identity and media landscape through storytelling? What are some of the challenges they face in traditional media (major film/TV networks) versus new media structure models (Netflix/VOD)?
Susan Kim is a TV writer, playwright, and author. In children’s TV, she has worked as story editor/headwriter and writer for nearly four dozen series, both animated and live-action. Shows include Nickelodeon’s upcoming Welcome to the Wayne, Astroblast, Cyberchase, Wonder Pets!, Arthur, Reading Rainbow, Jungle Junction, Handy Manny, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Mystery Files of Shelby Woo,The Octonauts, Oswald the Octopus, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Gullah Gullah Island, Speed Racer, and others. Susan lives in New York City and teaches television and dramatic writing at NYU and in the MFA program at Goddard College.
Kenneth Lin‘s plays Warrior Class (TCG Edgerton New Play Prize), Fallow (Barrymore Nomination: Outstanding New Play, Brown Martin Philadelphia Award), Intelligence-Slave, Po Boy Tango, (TCG Edgerton New Play Prize), said Saïd (Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition Winner, L. Arnold Weissberger Award, Princess Grace Award), Life On Paper, Agency* and Genius In Lovehave been seen at theaters throughout the country, including the Second Stage Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre, Northlight Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, People’s Light and Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Marin Theater Company and East West Players.
He is the creator of a new limited series, “American Way,” for USA Networks and is a staff writer on Netflix’s “House of Cards.”
Born and raised in Chinatown and Brooklyn, Judy Lei is an actor and writer based in NYC. Currently, she serves as the Festival Director for the Asian American International Film Festival, for which she was involved in many capacities for the past seven years. Formerly, she was the Congressional Caseworker serving bilingual constituents for Nydia Velazquez in the Lower East Side Office. She also has worked with various Asian American organizations such as the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Kollaboration New York, and the East Coast Asian American Student Union. She graduated from Smith College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies with High Honors. She studied acting at the Barrow Group Theatre with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock and Improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC. Her solo show, THE WORLD’S GREATEST – directed by MC Jin, will premiere this summer at The TBG Studio Theatre from August 19-22, 2016 in NYC.