For Immediate Release
March 31, 2016
Los Angeles, CA

Contact: Kat Carrido

East West Players 50th Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner & Silent Auction
April 25, 2016 Honors Broadway’s Allegiance, Hit TV Show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,
and Pan Asian Repertory Theater Founding Artistic Director Tisa Chang

East West Players (EWP), the nation’s premier Asian American theatre, celebrates its milestone 50th Anniversary with the Annual Visionary Awards Dinner & Silent Auction.  Lauding the achievements of individuals who have raised the visibility of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through their craft, the gala fundraiser takes place on Monday April 25, 2016 at the Universal Hilton. Proceeds benefit East West Players’ educational and artistic programs.

The 2016 Honorees are:

Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Director of Pan Asian Repertory in New York City. Chang founded Pan Asian Rep in 1977 to increase opportunities for Asian Americans in theatre. Actor, dancer, producer, and director, Chang’s extensive credits include The King and I, Sweet Charity, and Flower Drum Song on Broadway, and the tour of Pacific Overtures.


Tisa Chang

Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione, producers of the groundbreaking musical, Allegiance. Fresh off its run on Broadway, Allegiance welcomed the stage debut of George Takei and also featured Lea Salonga and Telly Leung.  Kuo is also the lyricist, composer and playwright of Allegiance, his fourth musical. Thione co-wrote  Allegiance with Kuo and Marc Acito.

Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna, creators of My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The hit CW sitcom about a highly successful Manhattan attorney who leaves for California in hopes of finding true love with an old flame. The show follows her adventures, which include embracing her ex-boyfriend’s Filipino family.

“It has been a banner year for Asian Pacific Americans in performing arts and entertainment – from the debut of Allegiance on Broadway with a robust run, to a first ever Filipino American family introduced in a television comedy,” says Tim Dang, Producing Artistic Director. “The accomplishments of today are underscored by the pioneering work of leaders such as Tisa Chang, Artistic Producing Director of Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. It is only fitting to honor Tisa, Allegiance producers Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s producers Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna as we celebrate EWP’s milestone 50th Anniversary. ”

Actress and Grammy-award winning musical artist Tia Carrere will emcee.

Current major sponsors (as of March 30) of the gala include: PLATINUM CIRCLE – ABC Disney, Arts Consulting Group, CBS Corporation, Comcast NBCUniversal; SILVER CIRCLE – Melvin Mar, Brad & George Takei, Wells Fargo; BRONZE CIRCLE – Tim Dang & Darrel Cummings, IW Group, Harry & Patricia Tom Mar, SoCal Gas Company, Randall & Mari Tamura, Lynn Waggoner.

Award-winning composer Nathan Wang (Beijing Olympics/Shaolin Monks, Steven Spielberg’s Oscar Award-winning film The Last Days) will serve as the evening’s Musical Director.

More honorees and additional information will be released shortly.

East West Players’ 50th Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Hilton Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608. VIP Reception for table sponsors starts at 5:30pm. No-host reception and silent auction starts at 6pm. The dinner and awards program begins at 7pm.

Individual tickets are $200- $1,500. Full table sponsorship packages are also available. For more information, contact East West Players at (213) 625-7000 or Development Manager Monika Ramnath at