PRESENT/FUTURE

Arts Connect International’s 5th Birthday Celebration

9/19 @ 6p–8p

Join me in celebrating 5 years of growth and impact with this amazing organization building equity and inclusion in, and through, the arts! I will be debuting a couple of my latest poems, and I can’t wait to share in this evening of community and love. Tickets are donation-based from $0 to $100 (click here to RSVP)!


Playwrights Project: The First Pineapple and Other Folktales

10/19 - 10/20

With the support of BU School of Theatre’s New Play Initiative, I will be workshopping my one-person show as part of this six-week project featuring plays-in-progress by Ireon Roach and Jo-Cosio Mercado. The First Pineapple and Other Folktales employs mediums from TED Talk and spoken word to rap, puppetry, and more to explore what it means to tell one’s stories. Directed by Sophronia Vowels.

 

PAST

2019

Boston University Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI)

6/24 - 8/3

Departing from over five years working with students ages 5-18 at Acting For Young People’s Summer Camp at George Mason University, I spent hot girl summer at BUSTI. As a teaching assistant, I supported the amazing faculty and staff of this five-week conservatory experience for highly motivated high school theatre artists, in addition to creating a four-course Experimental Theatre Lab sequence.


StageSource’s New(ish) Leadership Open House

6/10 @ 6:30p

Michael represented Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston (AATAB) with co-founding member Sarah Shin at this event celebrating the fresh faces in the New England Theater Community over the last five years.


Community Involvement for Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone at Company One Theatre

4/26 - 5/24

Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston (AATAB) hosted Vietgone at the Gate: a FREE Open Mic on Saturday, May 4 from 2pm-4pm at the Boston Chinatown Gate as part of our community involvement work with C1’s production. Check out photos here!

After the Wednesday, May 8 performance, Michael participated in a post-show conversation on Asian American representation in theatre/the media. Read the twitter thread with quotes here.


Bluets: A Lecture In Six Fugues

Based on the book by Maggie Nelson | Adapted by Erica Terpening-Romeo

4/30 - 5/4

Michael played the LECTURER in this new stage adaptation of Maggie Nelson’s book. Below is a synopsis from Erica, the adapter and director:

“A Lecturer addresses an audience about the color blue—its philosophy, its implications, its science, and its many victims. But the Lecturer may not have as much control as they believe. Bluets is a look inside a single blue mind, where many blue creatures—including the audience—wait to be found.”


This Is Not A True Story Staged Reading

4/8 @ 7p

Michael produced and co-directed a staged reading of Preston Choi’s This Is Not A True Story with Audrey Seraphin. The free event, hosted by Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston (AATAB) and API Arts Network, included food and drink from Chinatown’s Double Chin Restaurant and a post-show conversation with the artists. Click here for more information.


Dragon Cycle at American Repertory Theatre

3/21 - 4/7 (extended!)

Michael Assistant Directed Sara Porkalob’s Dragon Cycle, which was part of the A.R.T Breakout series at OBERON. The cycle currently consists of two one-woman shows centering Sara’s mixed, Filipino, immigrant, poor, Black, queer family. For tickets and more information, click here. Sara has been commissioned to write the third and final installment of the Cycle, a musical featuring a cast of ten people titled Dragon Baby.


Empowered Women’s Brunch at Boston University

3/31 @ 12:30p

Michael performed spoken word at The Minority Connection Initiative’s inaugural Empowered Women's Brunch in collaboration with Sisters United.


BU 3rd Annual New Works Fest: Ang Unang Pinya at Kaalamang-Bayan

3/23 @ 2p

Michael presented his one-person show (titled The First Pineapple and Other Folktales in english) as part of BU School of Theatre’s 3rd Annual New Works Festival. Visit bu.edu/cfa/npi for more information on the staged reading.


Arts Connect International’s Inaugural Arts Equity Summit

3/22 @ 6p

Michael performed spoken word at the opening community celebration of this three day summit focused on equity in the arts. Link to HowlRound’s recording.


A.R.T. New Year Celebration

3/10 @ 5p–7:30p

Michael performed three poems and participated in a post-show panel at this event uplifting API artists from A.R.T. and the local area. Read more about it here!


Sense of Space

1/22 - 3/8

Michael concluded his collaboration in Corianna Moffatt’s MFA Theatre Education Thesis on Friday, March 8 with a Q&A in the BU College of Fine Arts’ Commonwealth Gallery. This project was an innovative devising process looking at the relationship between theatre artists and public spaces at Boston Medical Center and Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. For more information, check out the blog.


BUNITED Conference

2/17 @ 1p

Michael performed three of their poems (bamboo, to the woman who mistook my mother for a maid, and a poem on the subject of poetry) at BU’s student-led Diversity Conference in February.


StageSource’s Member of the Week

2/12

Michael was featured as the StageSource Member of the Week on February 12! Read his feature here.


2018

Runaways by Elizabeth Swados at Boston University

12/7 - 12/16

Michael served as the production dramaturg for Elizabeth Swados’ Runaways directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue. Check out her work on this blog post.