About

Mission Statement

AATC’s mission is to connect people to Asian American cultures through theater.

By developing and performing plays through workshops, staged readings, and full productions, we aim to entertain our audiences and train our artists.  Through live performances that express the diversity of Asian American experiences, we seek to enrich American theater and increase the presence of Asian American stories on stage.

Study your face and you will see—the shape of your face is the shape of faces back many generations—across an ocean, in another soil…The stories written on your face are the ones you must believe.

David Henry Hwang, Family Devotions

Asian American Theater Company, established in 1973, is one of the nation’s oldest theatrical organizations dedicated to the development and presentation of works by, for and about Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.  In an era of increasing anti-Asian sentiment and outright violence, it is crucial that Asian Pacific Islander American artists be given opportunities to produce their responses to events and increase dialogue and understanding between all of our ethnic communities.  In terms of overt acts of racism, this is the worst it’s been in my lifetime.  When that happens, that’s when you find the need to speak.  The stakes are: ‘Unless I say something, I’m going to be killed! My people, my family, the essence of what I am will be destroyed.’  That is the passion I find in the new, young voices.

Philip Kan Gotanda, February 1994

Our Programs

Main Stage Productions • New plays and revivals of classics by Asian American playwrights, directed, performed and designed by local artists.  Many scripts are developed at AATC as world premiere productions.

NewWorks Incubator • A program to nurture, develop, workshop and perform the new works of emerging Asian American playwrights by connecting writers to a collaborative community of actors, directors, and other theater professionals.

Staged Readings • Scripts under development are directed, rehearsed and presented, followed by discussion and critique by theater professionals.

Workshops and Classes • Courses in acting, scene study, voice, movement and script writing, conducted by professional artists.

AATC’s Funders

Asian American Theater Company has been generously supported by many funders, including:

Asian American Arts Foundation
Asian Pacific American Community Fund
California Arts Council
City of Oakland / Asian Pacific Cultural Center Community Access Grant
Creative Work Fund
Hitachi America, Ltd.
Horizons Foundation
IBM
LEF Foundation
Lucent Technologies
Magic Theatre New Works Initiative
Multi-Arts Production Fund, a program of the Creative Capital Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grants
San Francisco Foundation
San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund / Grants for the Arts
Starr Foundation
Theatre Bay Area New Works Fund
Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Emerging Playwrights Initiative
Zellerbach Family Foundation

…and individual donors like you.

AATC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so your donations are tax-deductible and go straight to funding our productions, workshops, and artists.

Please support AATC—we depend on each and every community member and artist!  Donate online here or mail your donation to:

AATC Administrative Offices
1695 18th Street, Suite C-101
San Francisco, CA 94107


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