Backstage Pass with Lia Chang


Heidi Chen of Zoetis, Eric H. Holder, Jr. of Covington & Burling LLP, and Phil Yu of Receive AALDEF 2016 Justice in Action Awards
Celebrate 10 Years of Arts and Activism with the Asian Women Giving Circle on Nov. 10
Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz, Ann Harada, Kristin Chenoweth, Karen Ziemba, Jon Cryer and More celebrate Great Writers at Dramatists Guild Fund’s 2015 Gala
The Actors Fund Special Performance of THE KING AND I, starring Jose Llana and Tony winner Kelli O’Hara on September 20
George Takei, Soh Daiko’s Alan & Merle Okada, Takehiro Ueyama and Christina Chiu to be honored at Asian American Arts Alliance’s 33rd Anniversary Benefit Gala on September 16
NAAP’s Past, Present and Future 5th Anniversary Benefit Gala at NYU Skirball Center on October 5
Original Cast of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE including Jose Llana, Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg, to Reunite for 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert on July 6
5/4 An Evening w/ Showrunners Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra, Tom Fontana to benefit Laughing Angels Foundation 5/4 Showrunners Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra, Tom Fontana, James Manos, Jr. and David McFadzean to benefit Laughing Angels Foundation @CherryLnTheatre
Dr. Leroy Chiao, Jon M. Huntsman, Shirley & Walter Wang to be honored at China Institute’s Blue Cloud Gala at Gotham Hall on May 29
Photos: Garth Kravits, Laura Benanti, Brian Nash, Lena Hall, Erin Davie and More in “Broadway Sings Tori” Benefit Concert for RAINN
Jeff Imada, Nahnatchka Khan, Melvin Mar and Paula Madison to be honored at East West Players’ GOLDEN Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner; Parvesh Cheena to host and Fresh Off The Boat’s Randall Park & Constance Wu confirmed to present at the Universal Hilton on April 20
Author Alan Kaufman presents Celebrity Gala Benefit Performance for East Village Fire Victims at Theater 80 St. Marks on April 12; Sting and Trudy Styler donate to benefit victims
The Classical Theatre of Harlem 15th Anniversary Benefit featuring Patina Miller, Leslie Odom, Jr., and music from Witness Uganda at the Apollo Theater Soundstage on April 13
André De Shields, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ken Page, Charl Brown, Carly Hughes, Keke Palmer, Christina Sajous, Alton Fitzgerald White and Lillias White Set for 26th Annual Edition of ‘Gypsy of the Year’, Celebrating 40th Anniversary of the Groundbreaking Musical ‘The Wiz’
Garland Lee Thompson, Co-founder of the Frank Silvera Writers Workshop, Injured in Fall; Campaign Established for Medical Expenses
Oct. 12: Rome Neal Tribute and Fund Raiser @ The Five Spot
Oct. 1: Asian Women Giving Circle’s Celebration of Activism Through the Arts at MOCA
Rome Neal Seriously Injured in Fall; Fundraisers Set at The Five Spot on October 12 and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on November 6
Jun. 18: National Black Theatre to Honor Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Susan Taylor, Sonia Sanchez and More at TEER Spirit Awards Gala
Grace Park, Daisuke Nakazawa & Alessandro Borgognone, and Ming Chen Hsu Honored with Apex for Youth 2014 Inspiration Awards
Photos: AALDEF Honors Mari Matsuda, Aasif Mandvi, and John Chou in 2014 at 40th Anniversary Celebration
AALDEF Honors Congressman John Lewis, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Simone Wu with 2013 Justice in Action Awards
Congressman John Lewis, Jose Antonio Vargas and Simone Wu to Receive 2013 Justice in Action Awards on February 19, 2013
Tony Award – winning Playwright Terrence McNally to be Honored at Westport Country Playhouse Annual Gala, September 24, 2012
In Rehearsal with BD Wong at Dixon Place for Live Concert Recording of Herringbone
Gwynne Chow Tuan, Ben and Emily Huh of Cheezburger Network, Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show, Chad Troutwine of Veritas Prep and Dr. Alexander Tsui to receive 2012 APEX Inspiration Awards in New York on May 2, 2012
Emmy Award Winner Richard Thomas Hosts Give Kids a Shot! National Meningitis Association Gala 2012 at the New York Athletic Club
Photos: Highlights of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan (3pm) with André Bishop, Mary Beth Hurt, Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Philip Kan Gotanda, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Richard Thomas, Jay O. Sanders, and more
Photos: Highlights of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan (8pm) with Oskar Eustis, Patti LuPone, Lisa Emery, Ann Harada, Paolo Montalban, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Henry Stram, Richard Thomas, John Weidman and more
Photos: BD Wong in Rehearsal for “Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids”
Photos: In Rehearsal with Director Bartlett Sher and the cast of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan
Photos: AALDEF 2012 Justice in Action Honorees Parkin Lee, Jean Koh Peters and Fareed Zakaria
Photos: David Henry Hwang, John C. Whitehead, Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Asia Society Awards Dinner in New York
AALDEF Honors Parkin Lee, Jean Koh Peters, and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria with 2012 Justice in Action Awards in New York on February 8, 2012
Asia Society Honors Chinglish Playwright David Henry Hwang and Former Deputy Secretary of State John C. Whitehead at the Waldorf Astoria on January 11, 2012
Tony Award Winner Lea Salonga Leads Stellar Cast in First All-Filipino Concert for Philippine Development Foundation, “PhilDev Celebrates Broadway: Suites by Sondheim” at Alice Tully Hall on 11/7
OCA Awards Gala Photos: David Henry Hwang, Tamlyn Tomita, BD Wong, Dr. Bobby Fong & Tammy Duckworth
H I R O S H I M A in Benefit Concert for Japan on 9/21 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in NY
Lord & Taylor CEO Brendan Hoffman to receive 2011 “Father of the Year” & Milton Margolis Humanitarian Award in NY- 6/16
Photos: Willie Reale, Frances McDormand, Lewis Black, Bela Fleck, Renee Goldsberry, Duncan Sheik, Lisa Benavides, Abigail Washburn, Tim Blake Nelson at The 52nd Street Project Benefit
1199SEIU President George Gresham to receive Labor Leadership Award at Working Theater Annual Awards Ceremony-5/16
Renee Goldsberry, Frances McDormand, Tim Blake Nelson, Duncan Sheik lend vocal talents for The 52nd Street Project 30th Anniversary Gala Celebrating Willie Reale
Ruby Dee, Alicia Keys, Sidney Poitier among honorees at Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Gala at Edison Ballroom on May 22
KPFK 90.7: Inaugural Hero Awards & Tribute Benefit Awards Series for L.A.-Based Pacifica Station KPFK Honoring Jazz Musician Billy Higgins on May 1, 2011
Philip Glass, Hal Willner, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Ryuichi Sakamoto in Japan Society’s Concert for Japan on 4/9 in NYC
Join Minami Tamaki LLP & Inspirational Opportunities for Youth and Seniors (IOYS) in Helping Victims of Japan Earthquake
Restaurants Respond for Relief, Chef Arnold Wong Hosts Benefit for Japan Night at E&O Trading Co. in SF on 4/10
Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund
National Cherry Blossom Festival Invites Public to Stand with Japan
Photos: A.B. Cruz III and Lillian Kimura Receive 2011 AALDEF Justice in Action Awards
A.B. Cruz III of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., Lillian Kimura To Receive 2011 Justice in Action Awards
Multimedia: The 52nd Street Project Benefit Photos: Michael Cerveris, James Monroe Inglehart, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Matthew Morrison, Greg Naughton and Kelli O’Hara
Michael Cerveris, Matthew Morrison and Kelli O’Hara Lend Vocal Talents for 52nd St. Project Benefit
Juan Gonzalez and Larry Tu Received AALDEF 2010 Justice in Action Awards in New York
Multimedia: AALDEF Celebrates 35 Years of Protecting and Promoting the Civil Rights of Asian Americans
AALDEF Honors Dale Minami, Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl Wudunn and Sandra Leung with 2009 Justice in Action Awards
Multimedia: Tino Martinez and Sherri Shepherd at Lord & Taylor Benefit Bash
Dionne Warwick and Woodie King Jr. honored by AMAS Musical Theatre in New York

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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,, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,,, 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 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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