East by Southeast: A Festival of Asian-American Voices

AUGUST 5-7, 2018 • Horizon Theatre



Pay what you can. Advance reservations recommended.

Horizon Theatre & Aurora Theatre welcome the EAST BY SOUTHEAST festival this coming weekend. The festival aims to further the concept that Asian-American stories are American stories – just told in different colors. The four day festival will kick off right here at Horizon on August 5th and include acts ranging from dance, spoken-word, and staged readings. The festival is the perfect companion to our New American Dreams Series and the upcoming NOMAD MOTEL that explores the lives of Asian immigrants and takes to the Horizon stage this Fall.

Sunday August 5, 1pm

  • An original devised piece curated by Kelly Craigmile and Pam Joyce featuring some of the following invited artists: Mala Bhattacharya, Joy Bhowmick, Jin Young Choi, Jennifer Chung, Lizzy Liu, Samah Maghjee, Michelle Pokopac, Sneha Raja, Olivia Song, Angela Yang, Natalie Keng, and Adelaide Tai
  • A Selection of Bengali Songs with Mala & Sujata Bhattacharya
  • A Selection of Korean-American Song, Dance, and Spoken Word by Kollabatl Artists
  • A Short Chinese Classical Dance by Willis Hao
  • 30-minute Small-Group Discussions

Monday August 6, 7:30pm

  • Bollywood Dance featuring Neeti Mehta
  • Staged Reading of Natasha Patel’s play Widowwood Directed by Pam Joyce, featuring Tatyana Arrington, Mala Battacharya, Tamil Periasamy, Carolyn Choe, Allie Flicken, and Joseph Lee
  • 30-minute Small-Group Discussions

Tuesday, August 7, 7:30pm

  • Staged Reading of Skye Passemore’s play Man from the East, Directed by Skye Passemore, featuring Nathan Chen, Zany Dunlap, Willis Hao, Lizzy Liu, Kevin Qian, and Jasmine Thomas
  • 30-minute Small-Group Discussions


Pam Joyce is an Atlanta-based theatre director and educator with a passion for developing new work. As a collaborator, she thrives with artistic teams that explore process as well as product. She was the founding Artistic Director of Fly-By Theatre, a physically based theatre company in Atlanta. Past productions include When We Were Young and Unafraid, Water by the Spoonful, Big Love, A World of Silents, Old Times, The Workroom, and Wedding on the Eiffel Tower. Pam was a participant in Toronto’s Director’s Lab North in 2017 and is an Associate Member of SDC.

Michelle Pokopac is passionate about building an inclusive community and creating opportunities that support Asian Artists in Atlanta. Michelle is a local actor of Korean descent, active in both theatre and film. Recent credits include Sense and Sensibility (Synchronicity Theatre), James and the Giant Peach, On the Verge (Georgia Ensemble), Alice Between, Slur, Play the Play with Cat the Cat (Alliance Theatre), Girls Life, Water by the Spoonful (Pinch ‘N’ Ouch), The Joy Luck Club (7 Stages), A Thousand Cranes, Señor Tortuga (Lexington Children’s Theatre). You can see her soon in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Pinch ‘N’ Ouch and Little Raindrop Songs at the Alliance. BFA Acting from Columbus State University. Represented by Houghton Talent. @pokopac

Amee Vyas is a veteran Atlanta-based actor, having honer her skills with over a decade playing Shakespeare’s great female (and some male) roles as a former ensemble member of Atlanta’s only year-round classical repertory, the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. She is also one of the first Equity actors in Atlanta of Indian descent, giving her a unique knowledge of the ethnic representation and opportunities in Atlanta professional theater. Amy has been seen on stage with Essential Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, and Theatre Emory among others. She has also been seen on television in several recent commercials, TBS’s The Detour, and BET’s Being Mary Jane.