Director of ‘Smart People’ reflects on career, art’s value By E. Kyle Minor It would appear that, given the name of one of Shakespeare’s most recognizable female characters, director Desdemona Chiang was predestined for a life in the theater. Chiang, who directs Lydia Diamond’s play “Smart People,” which begins performances Wednesday at Long Wharf Theatre, [...]
Civic Dialogue Panel – Old Plays, New Faces: Representation in Classic Theater at California Shakespeare Theater in Berkeley
Co-hosted by UC Berkeley's Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, this dialogue will explore the ways in which traditional casting can act as a barrier to specific communities and the ways in which performing arts organizations are creating more inclusive practices to engage or more diverse range of performing artists.
On this week’s podcast, the guest is Desdemona Chiang, who discusses setting ‘The Winter’s Tale’ in China and why her mother named her after the tragic ‘Othello’ heroine.
Desdemona Chiang: The Lost Generation “A good friend of mine and I like to say—kind of jokingly, but kind of not—that there is a lost generation of Asian American artists between the ages of 30 and 45, because of social patterns, immigration patterns, because of a clash between old-world values and new-world values,” says Desdemona [...]
Immigrant Theatre Artists Lauded With 2016 Vilcek Prizes. Blanka Zizka, Sarah Benson, Desdemona Chiang, and Yi Zhao are this year’s honorees.