Race, Casting and Representation – A Panel Discussion & Live Podcast


Curated by Peter J. Kuo
Hosted by Peter J. Kuo, Melissa Slaughter, and Alex Chester.
Recorded live for the podcast We’re Not All Ninjas.
Featuring a panel of industry pros, including Annie Henk and more TBA!

Monday, April 30 | 3:30pm | FREE | RSVP
HB Studio, The Speech Room, 3rd Floor, 120 Bank Street

Join us for a panel discussion and live podcast recording about race, casting and representation in the theater, film and TV industry. This will be an intimate roundtable forum, with a Q&A with an invited audience.

Sound Engineering by Alexandra Chludzinska

About the participants:

Peter J. Kuo is a New York-based theater director, producer, and writer focusing on raising the visibility of marginalized communities. He is a co-founder of Artists at Play, a theater collective that produces Los Angeles premieres of works for Asian Americans. For Artists at Play, he directed their inaugural production of Lauren Yee’s CHING CHONG CHINAMAN (Backstage Critic’s Pick), and Michael Golamco’s COWBOY VERSUS SAMURAI; as well as readings of Boni Alvarez’s MARABELLA, Beau Willimon’s THE PARISIAN WOMAN, and Donald Margulies’ DINNER WITH FRIENDS. He has served as a director and assistant director at South Coast Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, East West Players, HB Studios, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and The Play Company. Peter has assisted directed for Pam MacKinnon (THE PARISIAN WOMAN, now headed to Broadway), Jonathan Lynn (CLUE, Writer & Director), and Lee Sunday Evans (The Obie Award-winning production of Christopher Chen’s CAUGHT!), among others. MFA: The New School; BA: UC Irvine

Melissa Slaughter has lived in all four time zones in the contiguous United States. A former actor in Seattle, WA, Melissa now resides in NYC as a content creator. Melissa writes for online blogs Nerdopilesand Hapa Mag. She is the producer of the We’re Not All Ninjas podcast, which she also hosts with fellow Hapa Mag writer, Alex Chester. She loves sushi, crafts, and theatre, but her favorite thing in the world is Doctor Who and yes, she’s over the moon for a female Doctor. You can find her @NotAllNinjasPod.

Alex Chester is a proud member of Broadway Diversity Project. She is a former contributor to HuffPo and currently writes for Onstage Blog and Manhattan Digest. She is the creator of Hapa Mag – an online magazine by Hapas for Everyone, and is the founder/producer of WeSoHapa, a multiracial inclusive theatre company. Alex is also part of the podcast “We’re Not All Ninjas.” Theatre credits include: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” – Madison Square Garden (NYC), Minnie Fay in “Hello Dolly” directed by Lee Roy Reams at NAAP (Off-Broadway), “Bubble Boy” at 54 Below (NYC/Original Cast Recording), “Brass Heart” – Royal Family Productions (NYC). Her resume of commercial work includes campaigns for companies including UPS, H&M, AT&T and Major League Baseball.  Follow her on Twitter/Insta @AlexFChester @WeSoHapa @TheHapaMag  www.WeSoHapa.com www.HapaMag.com www.AlexChester.com Much love to her Hapa Gang and her Hubby, Matt.

Annie Henk, actress. Regional: Enfrascada (Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee, WI) Adriana Sevahn’s one-woman show Taking Flight and Gladys in the Cook (Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston, TX). NYC: Purple Rep, Red Fern, ReEntry with American Records, Clubbed Thumb, INTAR, Mabou Mines, Nibras, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Resonance Ensemble, Foundry Theater, Working Theater, New Georges, Collaboration Town, and 52nd Street Project. Film/Web: That’s What She SaidWhiteEast WillyBThin AirEntre Nos. Narration: StarboundThe Madonnas of Echo ParkSunstrokeHow the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, and others.


…more to come!


  • Time:
    April 30, 2018
    3:30 pm – 5:00 pm ET