Bex Kwan is an organizer and artist who was born and raised in Singapore, and is currently based in New York City. Featuring an evocative combination of spoken word, stand up comedy, and performance art, their solo performance work has been featured at La MaMa’s Squirts: Generations of Queer Performance, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and over 70 theaters and educational institutions around the country. Bex’s creative practice is inseparable from their organizing practice. Their experience includes heading national reproductive justice campaigns with organizations such as the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, facilitating a year long organizing and leadership training for young Asian women and gender non-conforming people, and spearheading a crisis care service to address mental health needs in the New York City Asian community.
Mei Ann Teo is a theatre maker working at the intersection of artistic/civic/contemplative practice. As director/devisor/dramaturg, she works across genres, including experimental participatory work, multi-media music theatre, reimagining classics, and documentary theatre. Her participatory and intermedial investigation of defining humanity, Labyrinth, was commissioned by the Beijing International Festival and named Top 8 of the festival in Beijing News. She works across forms, from directing new plays to collaborating on the Bubbles of Hope parade with Russian artist and experimentalist Andrey Bartenev for the Brooklyn Dumbo Arts Festival. Most recently, she dramaturged and directed the world premiere of Dim Sum Warriors by Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo, composed by Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun, which will tour 25 cities in China this summer. Mei Ann holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University.
Sophia Mak is a Brooklyn based, youth worker, maker, and performer born in New York City and raised in the Hudson Valley. As an educator in the visual arts, Sophia has worked with young artists across New York City’s five boroughs, creating learning environments where youth of color can tell their own stories, imagine, and create worlds in which their voices are heard and their experiences are reflected. Sophia has had the honor of working with such organizations as the Harlem Children’s Zone, Sadie Nash Leadership Project and the Parsons Scholars Program. In addition, Sophia holds an MA in Art and Public Policy from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where they used performance as a decolonizing research method to explore East Asian trans-masculinities through the racial metaphor of the banana. An alumni of The Hemispheric Institute’s EMERGENYC, Sophia has presented at numerous venues both nationally and abroad including Ps1, La MaMA, and la Plaza de la Revolución (DF, México).