As the first Asian American theater
founded in 1965, East West Players and its history provide valuable account of Asian Pacific
American experience. The collection spans 1965 to 1992 and includes administrative files,
financial records, and production related files consisting of scripts, photographic
material, programs, publicity, sound recordings and videos.
The East West Players theater company (EWP), located in Los Angeles, CA, was founded in
1965. EWP provides Asian Pacific actors, writers, directors, and producers a forum for
presenting their unique works from an Asian-Pacific-American perspective, with productions
ranging from traditional Asian theater forms to the Asian American experience to mainstream
drama and musical theater. The founders of EWP include artistic directors Mako, Rae Creevey,
James Hong, June K. Lu, Guy Lee, Pat Li, Yet Lock, Soon-Tek Oh, and Beulah Quo. EWP's second
artistic director, Nobu McCarthy, who served from 1989 to 1993, encourged the participation
and inclusion of non-Asian actors in the theater group. The third and current artistic
director, Tim Dang, started his appointment in 1993.
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