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The Asian American Theater Company (AATC) is one of only three Asian American theaters in the United States. Founded in 1973 by the Chinese American writer and playwright, Frank Chin and others, it is a professionally oriented theater dedicated to producing plays that are by and about Asian Americans. It is the oldest, full-season production, ethnic theater in northern California.

Over the years, the AATC has served as a home for numerous playwrights, directors, actors and designers who went on to careers of national prominence. They include playwrights Frank Chin, Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwant, Momoko Iko, R.A. Shiomi and Wakako Yamauchi; actors Margaret Cho, Dennis Dun and Amy Hill; designer Lydia Tanji; and dramaturg and director Judi Nihei.

Today the AATC has offices in the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California in San Francisco's Japantown. The goal of the AATC continues to be to "develop theater which nourishes the community, encourages dialogue and understanding, and inspires new generations of Asian Pacific Islander Americans to tell their stories.

From the description of The Asian American Theater Company Archives, 1971-1993. (University of California, Santa Barbara). WorldCat record id: 50917320

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The Asian American Theater Company (AATC) is one of the only three Asian American theaters in the United States. Founded in 1973 by the Chinese American writer and playwright Frank Chin and others, it is a professionally-oriented theater dedicated to producing plays that are by and about Asian Americans, and is the oldest, full-season production, ethnic theater in northern California. Its high-quality productions promote inter-ethnic understanding and provide positive role models for the Asian American community as well as the community-at- large.

The AATC began life as a playwright workshop initiated by Frank Chin and sponsored by the American Conservatory Theatre. In 1975, the workshop became a professional theater company dedicated to the production of plays by Asian Pacific Islander American dramatists and the development and support of Asian Pacific Islander American actors, designers and technicians. During the late seventies and early eighties, AATC was the focal point of an explosion of Asian Pacific Islander American talent in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the years, the AATC has served as a home for numerous playwrights, directors, actors and designers who went on to careers of national prominence, including: playwrights Frank Chin, Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Momoko Iko, R.A. Shiomi and Wakako Yamauchi; actors Margaret Cho, Dennis Dun and Amy Hill; designer Lydia Tanji; and dramaturg and director Judi Nihei.

The AATC seeks to challenge its audiences artistically and politically, producing work that is visionary, breaks traditions, crosses boundaries, and leads the audience to question their aesthetic as well as their cultural assumptions. Through its productions, a training program and young artists' workshops, the AATC continues to serve as a focal point for the talents of established and emerging Asian Pacific Islander American playwrights, actors, directors, designers and technicians.

Today the AATC has offices in the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California in San Francisco's Japantown. The goal of the AATC continues to be "to develop theater which nourishes the community, encourages dialogue and understanding, and inspires new generations of Asian Pacific Islander Americans to tell their stories." (Adapted from the AATC website at: http://www.wenet.net/~aatc/)

From the guide to the Asian American Theater Company Archives, 1973-1993, (University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Asian American Theater Company. The Asian American Theater Company Archives, 1971-1993. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
creatorOf Asian American Theater Company Archives, 1973-1993 University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
creatorOf Annotated Catalog to Productions and Scripts in the Asian American Theater Company Archives University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
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associatedWith Adrian Kinoshita-Myers person
associatedWith Adrienne Fong person
associatedWith Alberto Isaac/Paul Stephen Lim person
associatedWith Alberto Issac/Barbara Noda person
associatedWith Amy Hill person
associatedWith Amy Sanbo and Lonny Kaneko person
associatedWith Athol Fugard person
associatedWith Barbara Noda person
associatedWith Canyon Sam person
associatedWith Chay Yew person
associatedWith Cherylene Lee person
associatedWith Cheyney Ryan person
associatedWith Chris B. Millado person
associatedWith Daniel Weber person
associatedWith Dan Kwong person
associatedWith Dave Magidson, Woody LaBounty, Brady Lea person
associatedWith David Cohen and David Ford person
associatedWith David Ginn person
associatedWith David Henry Hwang person
associatedWith David Mamet person
associatedWith Dennis Dun and Cynthia Leung person
associatedWith Diana Son person
associatedWith Dom Magwili person
associatedWith Don Bajema person
associatedWith Ed Crasnick person
associatedWith Edward Sakamoto person
associatedWith Ernest Abuba person
associatedWith Florence Yoo person
associatedWith Frank Chin person
associatedWith Frank Chin and William Wong person
associatedWith Fred Adler and Daniel Cedeno person
associatedWith Garrett H. Omata person
associatedWith Garrett Hongo person
associatedWith Genny Lim person
associatedWith Han Ong person
associatedWith Helen Pau person
associatedWith Henry Ong person
associatedWith Hiroshi Kashiwagi person
associatedWith Howard Stone person
associatedWith Jairo Anibal Nino and translated by Carlos Baron person
associatedWith James Crane, Eve Smyth, Andy Peterson person
associatedWith Jeannie Barroga person
associatedWith Jeffrey Chan person
associatedWith Jeffrey Liu person
associatedWith Joe Shea person
associatedWith Jonal Woodward person
associatedWith Judith Nihei, Adrienne Fong, Diana Tanaka, Marc Hayashi, & the Ensemble person
associatedWith Judith Nihei and Marc Hayashi person
associatedWith Judith Rascoe person
associatedWith Karina Epperlein person
associatedWith Lane Nishikawa person
associatedWith Laurence Yep person
associatedWith Linda Kalayaan Faigao person
associatedWith Mariko Tse person
associatedWith Melvyn Escueta person
associatedWith Milcha Sanchez-Scott/N/A person
associatedWith Milton Murayama person
associatedWith Momoko Iko person
associatedWith N/A person
associatedWith Nancy Scott person
associatedWith Oscar Penarada person
associatedWith Oscar Penaranda person
associatedWith Paul Kwan and Arnold Iger person
associatedWith Peter Mattei person
associatedWith Philip Kan Gotanda person
associatedWith Philip Kan Gotanda, Dan Kuramoto, Danny Yamamoto, Taiji Miyigawa person
associatedWith Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, R. A. Shiomi person
associatedWith Presco Tabios person
associatedWith R. A. Shiomi person
associatedWith R. A. Shiomi, Marc Hayashi, Lane Nishikawa person
associatedWith Rene Yanez, (conceptual artist) person
associatedWith Richard Haratani person
associatedWith Richard Haratani and the Winter Magic Players person
associatedWith Richard Montoya, Herbert Siguenza, Ricardo Salinas person
associatedWith Richard Talavera person
associatedWith Sam Shepard person
associatedWith several person
associatedWith Sung J. Rno person
associatedWith The Ensemble person
associatedWith The Pros from Dover Imrovisational Comedy Troupe person
associatedWith Velina Hasu Houston person
associatedWith Wakako Yamauchi person
associatedWith Warren Kubota person
associatedWith Warren Sumio Kubota person
associatedWith Wendy Naomi Sodetani person
associatedWith William Chang, Timothy Franklin, Kevin Kataoka, Albert Tadakuma, Diana C. Weng, Judy F. Weng person
associatedWith William David Charlie Chin person
associatedWith William Shakespeare person
associatedWith Wood Moy, Judith Nihei, Joseph Kwong person
associatedWith Wyman Wong person
Place Name Admin Code Country
California
California--San Francisco
Subject
Asian American artists--20th century
Pacific Islander Americans--Sources
Asian American theater
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Active 1971

Active 1993

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