East West Players celebrates the achievements of individuals who have raised the visibility of Asian Pacific Americans in their work at the 48th Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner & Silent Auction, and salutes those who have made a valuable impact on the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.
The fundraising event will be held on Monday April 28, 2014 at the Universal Hilton. Proceeds from the gala will benefit East West Players’ educational and artistic programs.
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Paul Kikuchi (Made In America Award) is a Japanese American playwright/screenwriter. His first play, Ixnay received its world premiere in East West Players’ 2008-2009 season. In 2011, East West Player presented the world premiere of Paul’s third play Wrinkles. The following year, his fourth play Slice was presented by Metamorphosis Theatre Company at the Fremont Center Theatre in South Pasadena. His other play is The Long Arm of Stanly Matsui. As a screenwriter, two of his screenplays, Blindsided and Turnaround have been optioned.
Reggie Lee (Visionary Award) stars as ‘Sgt. Wu’ on NBC’s hit sci-fi police drama Grimm currently in its third season. Prior to Grimm, he was best known for his role as Secret Service Agent ‘Bill Kim’ on the popular FOX show Prison Break. Since having starred as Lance Nguyen in Universal’s high-octane blockbuster The Fast and the Furious in 2001, Lee has had memorable roles in films from Pirates of the Caribbean to Tropic Thunder, and more recently, in Safe and The Dark Knight Rises. Stage credits include Broadway and National Touring Companies of Miss Saigon and Carousel. He continues to be active with East West Players.
Peter Lenkov and Ken Solarz (Visionary Award) are the Executive Producers of TV show Hawaii 5-0 airing on CBS and is seen in over 200 countries.
Peter Lenkov has been a writing producer of movies and television shows for nearly 20 years. Prior to Hawaii 5-0, Lenkov served as executive producer on CSI:NY for which he won a Media Access Award. Lenkov’s additional television credits include 24, for which he earned an Emmy nomination for Best TV Series, The District and La Femme Nikita. He also co-produced the miniseries XIII based on the popular graphic novel and video game of the same name and created Metajets and Kung Fu Dino Posse, two new animated TV shows. On the big screen, writing and producing credits include Demolition Man, starring Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock, Son in Law and Jury Duty. In July 2013, Universal released R.I.P.D., starring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, and Kevin Bacon. The film was based on the comic book written by Lenkov for Dark Horse Publishing. Lenkov’s second comic series Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in 2002.
Ken Solarz began his professional writing career as a journalist for both print and television. He covered organized crime, politics and produced documentaries while working for ABC, PBS and CNN. Ken came to Hollywood in 1986 to write for Michael Mann’s Crime Story and Miami Vice. Ken has also had four movies produced, including City of Industry. He has written and produced thirteen other television series including the Untouchables, Profiler, and CSI:NY.
Maurissa Tancharoen (Visionary Award) is currently co-creator and executive producer on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for ABC television. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she grew up singing and dancing, and toured the country as a member of a Motown pop group. At Occidental College, she became heavily involved in the theater and wrote several award-winning plays. She started her screenwriting career as a staff writer on the FOX series Oliver Beene before moving on to write an action-comedy for Revolution Studios. She also created and executive produced the MTV series Dance Life with her brother, director Kevin Tancharoen (Mortal Kombat Legacy, Fame). With her husband, Jed Whedon, and his brothers, she co-wrote and appeared in the Emmy Award winning musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She then went on to write and produce for television shows such as Dollhouse, Drop Dead Diva, and Spartacus.
Emcee Parvesh Cheena (Outsourced, Sean Saves The World, East West Players’ A Widow of No Importance, The YOMYOMF Network)
Musical Director Award-winning composer Nathan Wang (Beijing Olympics/Shaolin Monks, Steven Spielberg’s Oscar Award-winning film The Last Days)
VIP Reception Sponsor Comcast
PLATINUM CIRCLE CBS Corporation, Comcast NBCUniversal, Edison International, Mattel, Inc. (2), The Walt Disney Company
GOLD CIRCLE The Thomas R. Bancroft Family, Wells Fargo
SILVER CIRCLE The Coca-Cola Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Alex Kurtzman and Samantha Counter, I.W. Group, Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment
BRONZE CIRCLE Lynn & Brian Arthurs, Creative Artists Agency, Tim Dang & Darrel Cummings, HBO, Reggie Lee (3), Mnet America, Rod & Elsie Nakamoto, Sanrio, Inc., Union Bank, Lynn Waggoner
FRIENDS CIRCLE Lynn & Brian Arthurs, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Samuel H. Bersola, Kin W. Cheng, EWP Conservatory, Friends of Marilyn Tokuda, John Gong (2), Harumi Hata and Richard Uyeno, Robert Kawahara & Martie Quan (3), Paul Kikuchi/Maida Wong, Iku Kiriyama, Ed Lew, Daniel Mayeda (3), Jack & Yula Nguyen, Paramount Pictures, Frank & Marian Sata, Ann & Mike Shima, Marian Shima (2), Jon & Barbara Shirota, Jacqueline & Jim Song, Southern California Gas Company, Trent Steelman, Laura Takaragawa, Paul Tanaka
SPECIAL THANKS Godiva
**Full table sponsorship packages are available! Complete the Sponsorship and Individual Ticket Order Form (PDF) and submit via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (213) 625-7111.
View photos from the 48th Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner and Silent Auction.
View photos from the 47th Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner and Silent Auction when East West Players honored director Jon M. Chu, seminal Asian American comedy improv group Cold Tofu, YouTube star Kevin Wu aka KevJumba, and actor Steven Yeun. The event was co-emceed by actress Tamlyn Tomita and actor Harry Shum Jr.
For more information regarding the Visionary Awards Dinner and Silent Auction, contact Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang or Gala Producer Trent Steelman at email@example.com or (213) 625-7000.
(Updated April 22, 2014)