The Ground at 20: A Forward Stance
Ground at 20 : A Forward Stance, featuring Jorge Ortoll of Ma-Yi Theater Co., interviewed by Snehal Desai of East West Players
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “The Ground on Which I Stand,” August Wilson’s seminal remarks delivered at the TCG National Conference, we hosted The Ground at 20, an arc at the 2016 TCG National Conference to celebrate the legacies of veteran leaders of theatres of color. Over three days, The Ground at 20 featured intergenerational conversations about the visions of these leaders, the enduring impact of their theatres, and the current state of theatres of color in the field. These conversations were recorded as part of TCG’s Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project, which seeks to create a roadmap for future theatre leaders and raise broader cultural awareness about the essential value of theatres of color.
Ma-Yi Theater Company’s Executive Director Jorge Ortoll is interviewed by East West Players’ Associate Artistic Director Snehal Desai on the origins, fundamental missions, milestones and possibilities for the future of Ma-Yi and Asian American theater.
Jorge Ortoll has been Executive Director of Ma-Yi since 1991, two years after the company was founded. U.S. delegate to International Theatre Institute (ITI-UNESCO) Conferences since 2002. He is a founder and n the steering committee of Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA). Recipient of the 2010 TOFA Award (Twenty Outstanding Filipinos Abroad). In December 2012, he was named an Outstanding Filipino Overseas by the Philippine Government, and conferred the award by the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Snehal Desai is the Associate Artistic Director at East West Players (EWP) in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the inaugural class of Theater Communication Group’s (TCG) Spark Leadership Program and was recently named as a Theater Maker to Watch by American Theatre magazine. As a playwright, Snehal has toured his solo show, Finding Ways to Prove You’re Not an Al-Qaeda Terrorist When You’re Brown, across the United States. He holds a MFA from the Yale School of Drama. www.snehaldesai.com
Founded in 1989, Ma-Yi Theater Company is a Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose primary mission is to develop and produce new and innovative plays by Asian American writers. Since its founding, Ma-Yi has distinguished itself as one of the country’s leading incubators of new work shaping the national discourse about what it means to be Asian American today.
To learn more about The Ground at 20, contact Elena Chang.