Proudly Asian Theatre
- Call of the Sparrows
Proudly Asian Theatre is an Auckland based theatre company dedicated giving a voice to Asian talent in New Zealand theatre and film.
Founded in 2013 by Chye-Ling Huang and James Roque, PAT's aim is to discover and support Asian New Zealanders to tell their stories in theatre and film and to inspire the growth of diverse new contemporary works in the New Zealand theatrical landscape.
In 2013, PAT presented the first New Zealand production of David Henry Hwang's Obie Award winning play FOB at The Basement. The following year PAT produced a sold-out, extra show added season of Renee Liang's Lantern at The Musgrove as part of the 2014 Auckland Lantern Festival. Later in the year, they took home four awards including Best Independent Theatre Company and Best Director at the 2014 Short+Sweet Festival for their short original piece Call of the Sparrows.
In 2016, PAT debuted a full length version of their award winning short with support from Auckland Live and UNITEC and funding from Creative New Zealand and Foundation North. 2017 saw the launch of event 'Fresh off the Page', monthly playreads for the public featuring Asian actors, directors and scripts from NZ and around the world.
PAT's projects also expanded to film with Asian Men Talk About Sex, a 3 minute documentary made as part of the Loading Docs platform, which won best webseries at the NZ TV awards. The Han Chronicles,a two episode webseries pilot, was made under TVNZ, telling the true story of a Chinese immigrant in love in 70's New Zealand.
PAT's Fringe show for 2018 'Roots' won Best Set Design (credit The Finger Players and Tom Dennison)
Their latest original show, written and directed by Chye-Ling Huang Orientation, played at Q Theatre as part of the Matchbox programme in September 2018 to rave reviews. Starring a cast of 5 Asian actors, Theatrescenes said "Orientation is a hugely significant work: sexy, smart, and not putting up with your shit."
"This is a company whose values aspire to reflect an entire cultural movement happening all around us, of our stories slowly beginning to reflect our communities....The very act of populating a major theatre venue with Asian actors led by Asian theatremakers is revolutionary. Even if it shouldn’t be." - Theatrescenes