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Lia Chang Photos: David Henry Hwang, Jennifer Lim, Leigh Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson, Kenny Leon, David Ives, Douglas Carter Beane and More at The Drama Desk & Fordham University Theatre Program’s “Anatomy of a Breakout” Panel

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Douglas Carter Beane, Lewis Flinn, Liz Mikel, Dan Knechtges, Leslie Blake, David Ives, Kenny Leon, Samuel L. Jackson, Randy Gener, David Henry Hwang, Leigh Silverman and Jennifer Lim attend the 2011 Drama Desk and Fordham University Theatre Program Panel Discussion: Anatomy of a Breakout at Fordham Law School on November 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Lia Chang)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Douglas Carter Beane, Lewis Flinn, Liz Mikel, Dan Knechtges, Leslie Blake, David Ives, Kenny Leon, Samuel L. Jackson, Randy Gener, David Henry Hwang, Leigh Silverman and Jennifer Lim attend the 2011 Drama Desk and Fordham University Theatre Program Panel Discussion: Anatomy of a Breakout at Fordham Law School on November 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Lia Chang)

The Drama Desk & Fordham University Theatre Program co-sponsored a lively panel discussion on November 13, 2011, in the Pope Auditorium at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus in New York. The discussion, titled “Anatomy of a Breakout,” addressed the remarkable trend of breakthrough productions and breakout performances on the New York stage in 2011, was moderated by theater critic Randy Gener and Leslie (Hoban) Blake, the Drama Desk’s Vice President.

 Leslie (Hoban) Blake, Drama Desk’s Vice President, Jennifer Lim, actor, Chinglish, Samuel L. Jackson, actor, The Mountaintop, Leigh Silverman, director, Chinglish, David Henry Hwang, playwright, Chinglish, Kenny Leon, director, The Mountaintop and Stick Fly and Randy Gener, George Jean Nathan Award winning editor/critic Photo by Lia Chang

Leslie (Hoban) Blake, Drama Desk’s Vice President, Jennifer Lim, actor, Chinglish, Samuel L. Jackson, actor, The Mountaintop, Leigh Silverman, director, Chinglish, David Henry Hwang, playwright, Chinglish, Kenny Leon, director, The Mountaintop and Stick Fly and Randy Gener, George Jean Nathan Award winning editor/critic Photo by Lia Chang

Gener assembled an all-star lineup of panelists including actor Jennifer Lim, playwright David Henry Hwang and director Leigh Silverman from Chinglish; Douglas Carter Beane, book writer, Lewis Flinn, composer/lyricist, Liz Mikel, actor, Dan Knechtges, director/choreographer from Lysistrata Jones; playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur); and actor Samuel L. Jackson (The Mountaintop) and director Kenny Leon (The Mountaintop and Stick Fly).

Actors Liz Mikel, Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Lim Photo by Lia Chang

Actors Liz Mikel, Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Lim Photo by Lia Chang

Samuel L. Jackson and Randy Gener Photo by Lia Chang

Samuel L. Jackson and Randy Gener Photo by Lia Chang

Chinglish playwright David Henry Hwang and director Leigh Silverman Photo by Lia Chang

Chinglish playwright David Henry Hwang and director Leigh Silverman Photo by Lia Chang

Chinglish playwright David Henry Hwang, director Leigh Silverman and Jennifer Lim Photo by Lia Chang

Chinglish playwright David Henry Hwang, director Leigh Silverman and Jennifer Lim Photo by Lia Chang

Lysistrata Jones actor Liz Mikel and director/choreographer Dan Knechtges Photo by Lia Chang

Lysistrata Jones actor Liz Mikel and director/choreographer Dan Knechtges Photo by Lia Chang

The Mountaintop director Kenny Leon and actor Samuel L. Jackson Photo by Lia Chang

The Mountaintop director Kenny Leon and actor Samuel L. Jackson Photo by Lia Chang

The Mountaintop actor Samuel L. Jackson Photo by Lia Chang

The Mountaintop actor Samuel L. Jackson Photo by Lia Chang

Chinglish actor Jennifer Lim  Photo by Lia Chang

Chinglish actor Jennifer Lim Photo by Lia Chang

Venus in Fur playwright David Ives Photo by Lia Chang

Venus in Fur playwright David Ives Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang, Matthew Mcguire and Randy Gener Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang, Matthew Mcguire and Randy Gener Photo by Lia Chang

 Chinglish director Leigh Silverman, actor Jennifer Lim and playwright David Henry Hwang Photo by Lia Chang

Chinglish director Leigh Silverman, actor Jennifer Lim and playwright David Henry Hwang Photo by Lia Chang

  Lysistrata Jones book writer Douglas Carter Beane and composer Lyricist Lewis Flinn with Chinglish director Leigh Silverman photo by Lia Chang

Lysistrata Jones book writer Douglas Carter Beane and composer Lyricist Lewis Flinn with Chinglish director Leigh Silverman photo by Lia Chang

Lysistrata Jones: Dan Knechtges, director/choreographer, Douglas Carter Beane, book writer, Liz Mikel, actor, Lewis Flinn, composer/lyricist actor Photo by Lia Chang

Lysistrata Jones: Dan Knechtges, director/choreographer, Douglas Carter Beane, book writer, Liz Mikel, actor, Lewis Flinn, composer/lyricist actor Photo by Lia Chang

Samuel L. Jackson and Randy Gener Photo by Lia Chang

Samuel L. Jackson and Randy Gener Photo by Lia Chang

Directors Kenny Leon (The Mountaintop, Stick Fly) and Leigh Silverman (Chinglish) Photo by Lia Chang

Directors Kenny Leon (The Mountaintop, Stick Fly) and Leigh Silverman (Chinglish) Photo by Lia Chang

The Mountaintop actor Samuel L. Jackson and director Kenny Leon Photo by Lia Chang

The Mountaintop actor Samuel L. Jackson and director Kenny Leon Photo by Lia Chang

The Mountaintop actor Samuel L. Jackson Photo by Lia Chang

The Mountaintop actor Samuel L. Jackson Photo by Lia Chang

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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.
Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Broadwayworld.com, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, thelmagazine.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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