Asian Canadian Theatre
Edited by Nina Lee Aquino & Ric Knowles
A collection of essays emerging from the international GENesis conference held by fu-GEN Theatre Company in 2010, this is the first book to consider the formation, history, and practice of Asian Canadian theatre. As the foundational volume in the development of a new field ... Read more
A collection of essays emerging from the international GENesis conference held by fu-GEN Theatre Company in 2010, this is the first book to consider the formation, history, and practice of Asian Canadian theatre. As the foundational volume in the development of a new field of study, it includes essays by major voices in Asian Canadian Studies and Asian North American Theatre Studies, as well as some of Canada’s top theatre practitioners. The book offers essays that contextualize the development of Asian Canadian theatre, celebrate its founders, analyze some of its most significant achievements, theorize its work, and articulate its major contribution to Canadian theatre in the twenty-first century.
Contributors include Donald Goellnicht, Christine Kim, Ric Knowles, Christopher Lee, Esther Kim Lee, Daphne Lei, Siyuan Lui, Xiaoping Li, Jane Luk, Sean Metzger, Anne Nothof, Jane Park, Thy Phu, Jenna Rodgers, Shelley Scott, Karen Shimikawa, Eleanor Ty, Donald Woo, David Yee, and Jean Yoon.
Nina Lee Aquino
With a string of firsts in Asian Canadian theatre, Nina was the founding artistic director of fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company in 2002, organized the first Asian Canadian theatre conference, edited the first (two-volume) Asian Canadian play anthology Love + Relasianships, and co-edited the first (award-winning) book on Asian Canadian theatre. She became artistic director of Cahoots Theatre in 2009, Factory Theatre in 2012, and the National Arts Centre English Theatre in September 2022. Awards for her work include the Ken McDougall Award, the Canada Council for the Arts John Hirsch Prize, the Toronto Theatre Critics Awards for Best Director, Toronto Arts Foundation Margo Bindhart and Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award, and three Dora Awards for Outstanding Direction.
Ric Knowles is a freelance dramaturge and University Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph. He is the award-winning author or editor of twenty books on theatre and performance, including Fundamentals of Directing, Judith Thompson, The Masks of Judith Thompson, "Ethnic," Multicultural, and Intercultural Theatre (with Ingrid Mündel), The Shakespeare’s Mine, Asian Canadian Theatre (with Nina Lee Aquino), Staging Coyote’s Dream (two volumes, with Monique Mojica), and Performing Indigeneity (with Yvette Nolan). He is also founding editor of the series Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English and New Essays on Canadian Theatre.