The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided a generous donation to create courses that unite outside Visiting Fellows from civic arts organizations with Lang instructors to create community- and place-based artistic learning experiences for Lang students! In these courses, Lang students are given the opportunity to act as Student Fellows, collaborating with both the Visiting Fellows and the Lang Instructor to assist in leading the class.
Congratulations to the official fellows for this upcoming Fall 2014 semester! We are so excited for this learning opportunity. Juniors, Sophomores and incoming Freshmen registering— be sure to check out Fall 2014’s Civic Arts and Humanities courses— we’ve got some amazing fellows eager to learn with you!
The New School for Drama
and Screen Actors Guild Foundation
Invite You and a Guest
To The LifeRaft Panel: Asian American Actors on the Stage
Join us for an evening with Asian-American actors who have made significant contributions on both the stage and screen. This conversation is meant to highlight the multifaceted careers of the stage actor today. The discussion will range from the specificity and range of roles for the Asian-American actor today as well as the actor’s craft.
Date: Monday, April 7th
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The New School
The John L. Tishman Auditorium at the University Center
63 Fifth Avenue (between 13th & 14th Streets)
New York City
RSVP Required. Seating Limited. To make a reservation, please email NYrsvp@sagfoundation.org and write “AAA” in the subject line. Please state your first and last name and indicate if you would like to bring a guest. You will receive an email confirmation. Please do not call the school.
Panelists include: Joel de la Fuente, Francis Jue, Jennifer Lim, Ruthie Ann Miles and James Saito.
Moderator: Pun Bandhu
Joel de la Fuente
Currently, Joel can be seen on television, appearing in the original series, “Hemlock Grove,” as Dr. Johann Pryce, exclusively available on Netflix.
Selected New York theatrical credits include: “Hold These Truths” for its NewYork premiere at Epic Theater (Drama Desk Nomination); Ivanov in “Ivanov” (Mint Theater/NAATCO, Jonathan Bank, dir.); “The Downtown Plays” (Tribeca Theater Festival, John Rando, dir.); Claudio in “Beatrice and Benedict” with the New York Philharmonic (conducted by Sir Colin Davis); “The Square” (Lisa Petersen, dir.); “America Dreaming” (Michael Mayer, dir.); Valentine in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” (NYSF, Adrian Hall, dir.). Other theatrical credits include: Chay Yew’s “Wonderland” (La Jolla Playhouse, Lisa Petersen, dir.); Liu Mengmei in the Peter Sellars’ production of “The Peony Pavilion” which performed in Vienna, Rome, Paris, and London’s Barbican Centre and more.
On television, Joel spent ten seasons appearing as TARU technician Ruben Morales in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” On screen, he stars in the feature film “Brief Reunion,” currently available on iTunes (garnering Audience Choice Award, Gotham International Film Festival; Best Narrative Film Award and University Film and Video Association).
As a writer, Joel’s essay on his experiences as an Asian American actor is published in Pyong Gap Min’s “Struggle for Ethnic Identity,” and he is a co-writer of “Life Document 2: Identity” with Pulitzer Prize winner, Ayad Akthar, which won the Columbia Students Award for Best Film in 2002.
Joel is an alumnus of Brown University and the Graduate Acting Program at N.Y.U. and resides in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.
Broadway: Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, M. Butterfly. Recent Off Broadway: Paper Dolls (London’s Tricycle Theatre), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre), Yellow Face, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Public), Falsettoland (National Asian American Theatre), Coraline (MCC), and more. Favorite regional theatre credits include: You For Me For You (Woolly Mammoth), After the War (American Conservatory Theatre), Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The King & I, Miss Saigon, Peter Pan (Muny), In the Next Room or the vibrator play (Actors Theatre of Phoenix), Miss Saigon, Just So (North Shore Music Theatre), Amadeus, Cabaret, The Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Into the Woods (TheatreWorks),The Illusion, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Arizona Theatre Co.),Red (Wilma Theatre), and more.
Film/Television: Joyful Noise, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “The Good Wife”, and more.
Francis has been honored with an Obie and a Lucile Lortel Award, plus Drama Desk and Drama League nominations (Yellow Face). He has also received Bay Area Critics Circle Awards (Pacific Overtures, Cabaret, Into the Woods), a Drama-Logue Award (The Kiss of the Spiderwoman), ariZoni Awards (In the Next Room or the vibrator play, The Illusion), and a Philly Award (Red).
Jennifer is currently performing in The Most Deserving by Catherine Trieschmann at The Women’s Project. Broadway: Chinglish (Theater World Award & Drama Desk Nom). Select NY: Cry, Trojans! (The Wooster Group), Golden Child (Signature), Vengeance Can Wait (P.S.122), Young Jean Lee’s Songs of The Dragons (HERE Arts, U.S./European tour), Yokastas Redux (La MaMa E.T.C.), Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian Rep). Regional:Chinglish (Goodman Theater - Jeff & Chicago Theater Critics’ Beat Nom), Iphigeneia At Aulis andMedea/Macbeth/Cinderella (Yale Rep), Christmas Carol (ATL). Select Int’l: This Isn’t Romance (Soho Theatre, London), The Medea (Turkey), Hamlet (Shanghai Experimental Theatre Festival & Grotowski Int’l Theatre Festival, Wroclaw). Film/TV: The Savages, 27 Dresses, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Elementary, Blue Bloods, Law & Order (all three), Royal Pains. Member of GF&Co. MFA from YSD. jenniferlimonline.com
Ruthie Ann Miles
A Korean-American, she is honored to play so many ethnicities on stage…but has yet to play her own ancestry! She is currently playing Filipina, starring as Imelda Marcos in David Byrne’s critically-acclaimed musical, Here Lies Love, directed by Alex Timbers, a role for which she received the Theatre World Award. Other theatrical and film projects include roles as a Chinese rebel; a Thai lady’s maid; a Singaporean hotel manager; several Monster-puppets and a Japanese clientless therapist! In separate National tours, she played an Italian (male) barber—while playing the piano and touting around an accordion and flute—as well as Female Ensemble #4, who happened to look Asian. She carries a Master’s degree in vocal performance from NYU Steinhardt.www.ruthieannmiles.com. When RAM is not on stage she and her husband are busy picking up toddler toys and toddler contrabands.
James has been a member of SAG since 1975. Originally from LA he graduated from UCLA in Theater Arts and among others, has studied with Uta Hagen, Stella Adler and Sandy Meisner.
He was seen recently in Ang Lee’s LIFE OF PI. He will be in the upcoming Tim Burton film BIG EYES with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams. He was the Shredder in the first TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.
James was a regular on the ABC TV series ELI STONE. He received an OBIE for his work in DURANGO at the Public Theater.
Pun Bandhu - Moderator
Bandhu is an award-winning actor who has worked on Broadway, Off Broadway, in TV and Film. A graduate of the MFA Acting program at the Yale School of Drama, Pun made his Broadway debut in the revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Wit” by Margaret Edson starring Cynthia Nixon. He received a Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a deeply private and closeted Japanese American in “The Catch”, a world premiere by Ken Weitzman at the Denver Theatre Center.
Highlights on the small screen include co-star and guest star appearances on “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” all of the “Law and Order” franchises,”Body of Proof,” and “Nurse Jackie.”
In film, Pun can be seen in the Academy Award-nominated movie “Michael Clayton” and the Coen Brother’s “Burn After Reading.” He has a featured role in “Late Phases” from cult fave horror director Adrian Garcia Bogliano making its premiere at the SXSW Festival in March 2014. Upcoming: Stephen King’s next movie “A Good Marriage,” starring Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia and “The Judge” starring Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall, out Oct 2014.
Calling all New School Performing Artists!