Recognizing the unique healing properties of art within her community, Shannon Lee L. Pacaoan (Co-Creator, Producer) has come to believe in the transformative power of art for both artist and audience. She has since dedicated much of her time to help others bring their unique stories to stage in the Bay Area with Asian American Theater Company (AATC), Bindlestiff Studio, Kearny Street Workshop, Kularts, Pinays Maintaining Sisterhood Through Art and Revival Arts Productions. She has worked both backstage – on AATC’s 15th Anniversary Production of Walls (2006), awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant – and on stage with her script “Circadian Suites”, featured in Pinays Maintaining Sisterhood Through Art’s production, Death of a Player (2011), the recipient of a Zellerbach Family Foundation grant. Currently based on the Central Coast of California, she continues to seek new ways to engage her community through storytelling and leadership, speaking on the panel ‘Sticks and Stones: Bullying in School and Community in San Luis Obispo’ (2011) and graduating from Master PRLS (2013). Her most recent written work is published in Glover Lane Press’ Letters to My Bully (2012) and in the much anticipated feature-length action horror film Vampariah (in post-production 2013). She holds a BA in Psychology and in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University, and this Fall will begin the MSW Program with emphasis on Children, Youth and Families at California State University, Long Beach.
Claiming roots in pawis, mangga at bagoong, Antmen Pimentel Mendoza (Assistant Producer) is a second generation Tagalog Pin@y American. With healing, expression and families as the driving forces in his life, he strives to find a place for his work in the crossings, gaps and in-betweens of academics, arts and activisms. He came out when he was a high school senior in the heat of public debate and discourse on same-sex marriage measure Proposition 8 and has since relentlessly worked in and for his LGBTQ communities, especially in communities of queer people of color. He holds a BA in Gender & Women’s Studies and in Rhetoric with a minor in Ethnic Studies from University of California, Berkeley, where his work earned him recognition in a feature on community leaders in “Hardboiled: The Asian Pacific American Issues Newsmagazine at UC Berkeley” and a spot as a student speaker at the 2013 Lavender Graduation Ceremony.
Lolan Buhain Sevilla (Co-Editor) is a queer butch cultural worker who strives to root her art in community, study and practice. She works at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Social Justice and is a member of Filipinas for Rights & Empowerment, as well as the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981. She’s performed in numerous liquidFIRE productions, was co-founder of Kreatibo, a Bay Area-based queer Pin@y Artist Collective, and had the honor of being part of the first Bakla Show production in 2007. Lolan has been published in Maganda Magazine, The Womanist Journal, Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women (Asian American Women Artists Association, 2007), and TAYO Literary Magazine (Issue 4, 2012). Her first chapbook, Translating New Brown (PinayJive Press, 2005), is a collection of poetry and short stories that won the Philippine American Writers & Artists’ Calatagan Award. Lolan is also co-editor of Walang Hiya …Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice (Carayan Press, 2010). She was awarded a 2012 Writing Residency at Hedgebrook where she worked on her debut novel, Every Surface An Altar.
Thao P. Nguyen (Project Advisor) has been writing and performing solo shows since she joined the Solo Performance Workshop in 2007. She has been featured as a closing act at the San Francisco Theater Festival for four years running (2009-2012). In August 2012, Nguyen brought her full-length one-women comedy, Fortunate Daughter, to the New York International Fringe Festival, where she garnered rave reviews and sold out shows. Fortunate Daughter returned to San Francisco in October 2012, playing at Stage Werx Underground Theatre in a completely sold-out run, as well as its most recent run at Berkeley’s Impact Theatre in the Summer of 2013. Nguyen has produced such successful shows as ATYPICAL: Stories from the anomalous Asian American, DIS-ORIENTED: A trio of Middle Eastern and Asian American women, A Mother’s Day Special: See Mom, I Didn’t Forget!, Best Feeding by Martha Rynberg, and Reveries and Rage: Stories on Colonization and Survival. Nguyen has also produced such well-regarded series as City Solo at Off-Market Theater and Words First at CounterPULSE. Nguyen holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Communication Studies with a focus on Performance Studies from San Francisco State University, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Psychology from Brown University. As an academic, her area of study is at the intersection of live performance, mental health, and social justice. She is particularly interested in increasing the visibility and understanding of issues most pertinent to populations experiencing multiple vectors of structural oppression, such as Asian American women and Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC). She is currently an instructor of public speaking and performance at San Francisco State University. She also is the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of San Francisco.
Established in 1989, BINDLESTIFF STUDIO is the only permanent, community-based performing arts venue in the nation dedicated to showcasing emerging Filipino American and Pilipino artists. Bindlestiff Studio provides the often under-served Filipino American community access to diverse offerings in theatrical productions, music and film festivals, workshops in directing, production, acting, stand-up comedy, and writing, as well as a children and youth theater program.
Publishing company and literary consulting firm, GLOVER LANE PRESS started in the summer of 2000 to give aspiring writers, journalists, photographers and passionate poets a platform. Glover Lane Press has published the works of budding writers to A-list celebrities. In 2013, the company was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for its groundbreaking collection of essays, Letters to My Bully. In 2013, Glover Lane Press will introduce a third collection of essays in One Spirit, One Body, One Truth to unite the voices of spiritual, community, business and cultural leaders whose work promotes healing and understanding across religious, ethnic, cultural and gender lines. Among the short list of those invited to contribute are Ellen Degeneres, Al Sharpton, Arch Bishop Carl Bean, Jack Canfield, Iyanla Vanzant, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Malidoma Some, Bishop Yvette Flunder and Dr. Michael Beckwith. For the first time in history, internationally celebrated leaders speak to the prospect of diversity and inclusivity of LGBT people as a foundation for healing the planet.