M. Butterfly Star Named La Jolla Playhouse's Artist-in-Residence

News   M. Butterfly Star Named La Jolla Playhouse's Artist-in-Residence
 
Tony Award winner BD Wong, who starred in La Jolla Playhouse's productions of The Orphan of Zhao and Herringbone, will serve as an artist-in-residence at the California theatre.

The month-long residency program "is designed to give artists the freedom to focus on their ongoing body of work, while becoming fully immersed in all aspects of the institution, from the stage to the boardroom to the classroom," press notes state. "In addition to developing his own writing and directing projects, Wong will act as a representative of the Playhouse and participate in artistic planning, education and outreach activities, lead master classes at UC San Diego and serve as a community liaison for arts advocacy in San Diego, among other Playhouse activities." "The Artist-in-Residence program bolsters the Playhouse's mission to serve as a more supportive and profound home for the important theatre artists of today and tomorrow," artistic director Christopher Ashley said in a statement. "BD Wong has a long history with the Playhouse, and it is incredibly satisfying to offer him the resources to develop his own projects while further integrating him into the Playhouse community, with a special emphasis on both new musical development and education."

Wong was a 2011 Playhouse Gala Honoree. He received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Theater World, Clarence Derwent and Tony Awards for his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly and has also performed on Broadway in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and Pacific Overtures. His TV work includes "Law & Order: SVU," "All-American Girl," "Oz," "And the Band Played On," "Awake" and "The Normal Heart." He has appeared in the films "Jurassic Park," "The Freshman," "Father of the Bride," "Seven Years in Tibet" and "Mulan." Wong is the author of the memoir "Following Foo: (the electronic adventures of the Chestnut Man)."

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