May 20, 2021 @ 3:00pm PDT/6:00pm EDT
Originally from Japan, Amano was trained in Tokyo in Japanese theatre. She moved to New York City to study acting and educational theatre at New York University, and she performed in off-off-Broadway productions. Amano has been telling Japanese folktales at festivals, schools, libraries, and Walt Disney World since the 1990s. www.JapaneseStoryteller.com
Eth-Noh-Tec (Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and Nancy Wang)
Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo has been a longstanding cultural activist in the Asian American cultural scene of the San Francisco Bay Area. Besides his talent as a master storyteller, he is also a well-versed musician, songwriter, and composer. He co-founded, along with his wife and performing partner, Nancy Wang, Eth-Noh-Tec. Together they have performed on such notable stages as the National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, Tennessee; Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Washington, D.C. (Robert solo); Wolf Trap, Virginia; the Smithsonian Discovery Theater, Washington, D.C.; and at inaugural celebrations for President Clinton and President Obama.
Nancy Wang began as a dancer and choreographer and has since applied those skills to her story theater company, Eth-noh-tec, which she co-founded with Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo. Together they have created a unique style of storytelling that they perform around the world. Recently, Nancy has been writing and performing with her partner Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, historical pieces within the Asian diaspora. Her multi-media story theater pieces have been met with standing ovations throughout the country. www.ethnohtec.org
Emil Guillermo is an award-winning journalist, commentator and humorist who has taken his stories of Filipino American life to the stage in one-person plays at theater festivals around the country. A former host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” he blends the personal with history for a unique perspective on the Asian American story. https://www.amok.com/
Archy Jamjun is a storyteller and writer from Chicago. He is the curator of Outspoken LGBTQ Stories at Sidetrack and a two–time winner of The Moth Grand Slam. He has also been published by Barrelhouse and The Coachella Review.
M.J. Kang is a playwright, actor, director, and storyteller. She has won multiple story slams including The Moth, Story Collider, and National Storytelling Network. She is currently part of the Playwrights Group with Company of Angels and on several improvising troupes including Don’t Mess with Killer Kimchi.
Roopa Mohan is a storyteller from Walnut Creek, California. She tells folktales and sacred stories to school groups at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and is also a school docent there. She is now expanding her repertoire to personal stories and enjoys sharing experiences she had growing up in India. She serves on the board of the Storytelling Association of California (SAC), leading the Jenny Fund Project to introduce storytelling to teachers and students in underserved schools.
As a direct response to the recent anti-Asian attacks across the United States, this one-of-a-kind digital event brings together 16 nationally-recognized storytellers for a stimulating and informative gathering. Through personal narratives, historical stories, folktales, art and music, these storytellers will elevate immigration experiences, discrimination, struggles with self-identity, and cross-cultural understanding.
This event will be held on Zoom (digital conferencing). For those unable to access Zoom, the event will be live-streamed on the Stagebridge YouTube channel simultaneously.