PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Basic Tap Technique

The Basic Tap Technique class will provide the foundation for becoming a strong tapper through simple, repetitive exercises - the first hour will focus on sound clarity, articulation, weight shifts, relaxation of the hips, legs, and ankles, and provide the building blocks for an overall relaxed form of tapping. The second hour will focus on learning combinations.

All classes are at Pearl Studios
500 8th Avenue
Sundays from 11AM to 1PM

See the PROJECTS page for additional information about the dance classes and location.

Singers Workout

Vocal Coaching with Michael Lavine

This is a 2-week opportunity for NAAP Members to work on their audition book. Each week, singers will have 20 minutes to work with Michael Lavine (aka. MD, Vocal Coach, and Sheet Music Archivist-Extraordinaire) on any material they choose. Have a new piece that you want to try? Looking to make a piano accompaniment for your own practice? Need to update your audition book? This is place for you!

Next Sesssion Dates:
Sunday, March 22nd
Sunday, March 29th

Cost: $40 - Must be paid in advance to secure your space.

See the PROJECTS page for additional information about the Singers Workout.


Our Mission

To showcase the work of Asian-American theatre artists through performance, outreach and educational programming.

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NAAP Donors

As of March 2, 2015

Chairman’s Club ($10,000 +)
Anonymous
The Paul Rapoport Foundation, Inc.  

Director’s Club ($3,000 - $4,999)
Jose Rivera

Choreographer’s Club ($1,500 - $2,999)
Bob Avian &  Peter Pileski
Freddie & Myrna Gershon
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council,
New York State Council of the Arts
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council,
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Creative Team ($750 - $1,499)
Jim & Marcia Flock
Brooks Hale
Chester & Rosanna Lee
Yuriko Kikuchi
Jung Kim
Erick Kivnick & Susan Kikuchi
Elaine Lai
Ronald Morrison
Albert Stephenson
Marie Tanabe
Linda Lew Woo

Design Team ($250 - $749)
Brian Albert & Jose Ahumada
Adrian Bailey
Gene Castle
In Loving Memory of Alice Chan
Teresa & Steve Chan
Steven Eng & Neal Stone
Ettie Chin Hong Fund
Gregory Harris & Marian Hyun
JoAnn Hunter
Michael Kaplan
Karin Kawamoto
Kathryn Keneally & Thomas Marshall
Nina Zoie Lam
Fay Ann Lee
Jason Ma
Napoleon & Adele Munsayac
Thomas Murray
Jerry Nadal & Gene Lubas
Stefanie Powers
Marguerite Straus
Dauna Williams
Hui J Wong
Wallace Wong
Judy & Jeremy Yi

Cast Team ($100—$249)
Anonymous
Ageloff & Associates
Julie Azuma
Luanne Castle
Ted & JoAnna Chapin
Amy Chin
Lori Tan Chinn
Julian DeGuzman
Susan Dooha
Diane Duncan
Sandra Eng
Helen Funai Erickson
Priscilla Lopez Fanuele
Ray Gin
Ivy Goldstein
Andrew Greenberg
Maddy & Steve Gunders
Fred Hanson
Ann Harada
Simon Hardwick
Linda Hayashi
Yunah Hong
Maria Denyse Ignacio
Larry, Karen & Kendyl Ito
Dr. D. Bradley Jones
Sue Kobin
Marilyn & Julian Korn
Jean Lerman
Bella Malinka
Elliott Masie
Dr. Jesse C. McCarroll
Joseph Molfetta
Kaoru Nakajima
Marc Oka
Ellyn Chan Roberson
Siegel-Gu Family
Jane Soudavar
Gilbert Tauber
Emiko & Yasoko Tokunaga
Peter vonMayrhauser & David Jackson
Richard Winkler
Gin & Regina Yee

Crew & NAAPster Team (up to $100)
Anonymous (3)
Stephen Baumann
Beverly Bullock & Nick Stannard
Andrew Byrne
Will Centurion
Viveca Chow
Ron Dennis
Joshua Ellis
Shirley & Willie Eng
Toni Farkas
George Fulginiti-Shakar
Larry Fuller
Ann Galloway
Michael Gorman
Katie Lee Hill
Meggin Holtz
Elaine Lee Hoo
Timothy Huang
Lauri Kraft
Christine Toy Johnson
P. Michelle Kucsma
Rosemary & John Lee
Lee & Carole Leonard
Arthur & Sabrina Lerman
Alice Mathias
Scott Morris
Merete Muenter
Jane Murakoshi
Rachel Park
Michael Perreca
Rebecca & Jerry Rosenthal
Allison Ruddock
Monique Salle
Kevin Schuering
Margaret Schuering
Dorothy Toy & Gitki Chin
Megan & Melody Ung
Kenneth W. Urmston
Virginia Wing
Brenda Dee Wong
Marcus Woollen
Marcus Yi

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

NAAP Broadway Community Chorus
in
Spring Forward
the songs of Anya Turner & Robert Grusecki

 

Friday, March 27th
8:00PM
Pearl Studios
500 8th Avenue
Studio 414
Tickets will go on sale beginning February 23rd.
For more information, please email chorus@naaproject.org 
 

SHOW BOAT:

Due to a number of concerns and production complexities, NAAP has decided to cancel the upcoming production of Show Boat.  We spoke with, and listened purposefully to members of racially diverse communities and particularly with our most direct constituents, Asian-Americans, regarding how tackling this work might be perceived when the Asian presence is thrust into the center of a conversation that has historically excluded it.  After carefully absorbing arguments of both support and opposition, we have chosen to cancel the production, concluding that the goal that propelled us - to lift up the Asian-American theater artist - could not be sufficiently achieved.

The announcement of our Show Boat sparked discussions concerning the show’s prominent themes of racial discrimination, and how an Asian/Asian-American cast production of this controversial piece might speak to today’s audiences and artists.  Our reasons for selecting Show Boat were manifold. Its enduring recognition as an American musical theater masterwork is a testament to the merits of its script and score, demanding a high level of artistry from those who accept its challenge.  Here came a chance to explore the complexities of “color-blind” and “non-traditional” casting on a level rarely investigated; in addition, how an almost century-old classic, of numerous incarnations, could be rediscovered and examined anew, for and by those who are not conventionally represented in the piece’s traditional mounting. Such introspection is relevant within our own Asian-American families, as both culprits as well as victims of racial discrimination, from both outside and within our own communities.

We felt that with a creative team comprising some of the theater community’s most accomplished artists guiding the production, these difficult issues could be thoughtfully examined with great sensitivity. With permission from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization to explore the show from a unique perspective never before seen, we recognized our duty to honor the integrity of the show’s themes. Ultimately, we believed Show Boat strongly supported NAAP’s goals of promoting opportunity, inclusion, and respect for the Asian/Asian-American theater artist.

We are dedicated to our mission, and in the absence of opportunity, will continue to move forward in our pursuit to showcase the work of professional theater artists of Asian-descent through performance, education, and outreach.  As a mission-driven not-for-profit organization, our work to confront head-on the inequity within the American Theater dialogue continues, and we encourage all theater artists to continue the learning and thoughtful discourse to which this experience has given breath.
 

Welcome to National Asian Artists Project

NAAP is a community of artists, educators, administrators, community leaders, and professionals. It is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes the need to build bridges between the work of artists of Asian descent, and the many communities that the work can serve, from underserved primary school students to seasoned arts patrons. 

 

Our Mission

National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) exists to be a leader in educating, cultivating, and stimulating audiences and artists—current and future—through showcasing exceptional work by vibrant artists of Asian descent. Art constantly evolves, and NAAP strives to command a place at the fore with a uniquely compelling American voice.

Our Goals

NAAP believes that artists of Asian descent have many vital roles to play in the fostering of American communities.

  • Through thoughtful educational programming, we seek to present the richness of theatre arts to underserved children, fostering creative self-discovery and expression.
  • Support the artistic growth of theatre artists of Asian descent through professional employment opportunities.
  • Build and cultivate new local and national audiences that encourage patronage and participation in the Carts, including predominantly Asian communities unaccustomed to playing a role in the local or national arts dialogue.
  • Capture and archive stories of prominent artists of Asian descent that they may be made available for future generations from which to learn and inspire.