Proudly Asian Theatre
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Proudly Asian Theatre is an Auckland based company dedicated to discovering, empowering and enabling theatre and film by Asian talent in New Zealand.
Founded in 2013 by actors Chye-Ling Huang and James Roque as a reaction to the lack of non-stereotyped Asian stories in mainstream theatre and film, PAT continues to create fresh new works that challenge the narrative of Asian stereotypes in New Zealand and beyond.
In 2013 PAT presented the first New Zealand production of David Henry Hwang's FOB at The Basement. The following year PAT produced a sold-out, extra show added season of Renee Liang's Lantern at The Musgrove as part of the 2014 Auckland Lantern Festival, before taking home four awards including Best Independent Theatre Company and Best Director at the 2014 Short+Sweet Festival for their short original piece Call of the Sparrows.
In 2016, PAT debuted a full length version of their award winning short with support from Auckland Live and UNITEC and funding from Creative New Zealand and Foundation North.
2017 saw the launch of event 'Fresh off the Page', monthly playreadings for the public featuring Asian actors, directors and scripts from NZ and around the world, at the Basement Theatre, a continuous event showcasing new Asian writers and plays in 2019, parterning with Playmarket for mentoring of emerging writers.
PAT broke into film with Asian Men Talk About Sex, a 3 minute documentary made as part of the Loading Docs platform, which won best webseries at the NZ TV awards. The Han Chronicles, a two episode webseries pilot, was made under TVNZ, telling the true story of a Chinese immigrant in love in 70's New Zealand.
PAT's Fringe show for 2018 Roots by Oliver Chong won Best Set Design (with The Finger Players and Tom Dennison) and their following original show, Orientation by Chye-Ling Huang was presented to rave reviews as part of Q Theatre’s Matchbox programme in September 2018 and won the Hackman cup for most original production at the Auckland Theatre Awards. Tide Waits For No Man presented at BATS in Wellington 2018 and Basemetnt Theatre at Auckland Fringe in 2019.
In 2019 PAT launches PINAY, the first Fresh off the Page development play, a bilingual Filipino-English play starring an ensemble cast directed by James Roque and written by Marianne Infante.
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