Losers and Dragons and Queer A.I.
Date and Time: Saturday June 2 7:00pm
Duration: 90 mins
Location: Friends of SF Public Library Bookstore
General Admission: FREE
A panel that focuses on gay / queer themes as they have developed within contemporary theatre over the last 30 years, how they are manifest today and asks what does the future portend? Jesse Bie from STEAMROLLER, Eric Kupers of Dandelion and Pao Chang Tsai of the Tainaner Ensemble discuss. Moderated by Brian Freeman.
Pao-Chang graduated from the department of drama and theatre, National Taiwan University and had his master in music theatre from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. He is currently the co- artistic director at Tainaner Ensemble. Learning has always been at the top of Pao-Chang’s priority when it comes to his career, exposing himself to various practitioners and companies with diverse views on theatre. But with learning also comes teaching, as Pao-Chang has spent time teaching youth theatre and also universities, where he puts to practice all that he has learnt.Pao-Chang Tsai is frequently seen as a creator equipped with three talentsplaywrighting, directing and acting, and has worked with the National Symphony Orchestra, Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group, Creative Society, Horse Dance Theatre and If Kids Theatre. Since 2009, Pao-Chang has been invited as coartistic director to collaborate with Po-Shen Lu at Tainaner Ensemble.
Eric Kupers has co-directed, choreographed, and performed with Dandelion Dancetheater since its inception. Eric is an Associate Professor of Dance at Cal State University East Bay. He is the director of Bandelion, as well as the CSUEB Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble (founded in 2006,) which brings together students, alumni, community members and professional performers with and without disabilities and from diverse cultures to create original performance works. Eric has been a resident artist at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, CELLspace, Jon Sims Center for the Arts, and ODC Theater.
Jesselito Bie moved to the Bay Area in 1992 to dance with the High Risk Group and has since performed with many local companies such as Scott Wells and Dancers, Stephen Pelton Dance Company, Cid Perlman/Nesting Dolls, Kulintang Arts, Erika Shurch Performance Project, Jerome Bel, Krista DeNio/ETS, Joe Landini and Kim Epifano/Epiphany Productions. He has also received awards for his choreography from the SF Bay Gurardian, the 360 Award from CSUEB for all around Outstanding and Outrageous Queer Dance Work and the Tobie from Bay Area Dance Watch for Best Male Solo. He was also a participant in ODC Theater’s Sandbox residency program. He is currently a lead artist at Safehouse Arts.
Brian Freeman is a playwright, director and performance artist. He was Resident Artist/Director at Blacksmyths Theater Lab at Center Theater Group. His play Civil Sex about the life of Bayard Rustin was produced by multiple theatres across the country. Other plays have been produced by the Taper Forum and the Public Theatre among others. Awards include the CalArts Alpert Award and a New York Bessie award. He was a founder of Pomo Afro Homos.