Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai is a spoken word poet, playwright, and filmmaker who has performed at over 500 venues worldwide including the White House, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, BAM, Apollo Theater, and three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry. Her plays include Say You Heard My Echo, Formosa, and American Ethnic with Idris Goodwin and Usman Ally. A recent recipient of commissions and grants from New York Live Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Asian Women’s Giving Circle, Tsai has been profiled on Idealist.org in NYC’s Top 40 New Yorkers Who Make Positive Social Change, AngryAsianMan.com’s 30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30, TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s 100 Passionate People, and HBO’s East of Main Street: Asians Aloud. (www.yellowgurl.com, www.youtube.com/kztsai)
Upcoming Performances and Shows:
Date: Monday, December 3, 2012
Location: NYFA Conference Room, 20 Jay St. Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY
Time: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Kelly will be a featured artist in Asian American Artist Alliance’s Brainstorm series talking about the creative and producing process behind her spoken word theater project, “Say You Heard My Echo.” For more info on Asian American Arts Alliance, visit http://aaartsalliance.org.
Dates: December 5, 2012-December 13, 2012
Location: Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA
Kelly will be one of the resident artists during Asian Arts Initiative Arts Exchange 2012, which will include a showcase of solo works and a final presentation of new work developed during the residency week. For more info on Asian Arts Initiative, visit http://www.asianartsinitiative.org/.
Date: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Location: Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave., New York, NY
Time: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
AKILA WORKSONGS will kick off its anniversary year with a one-night only Off-Broadway showcase at BPAC. The show, Elevating: 20 Years of Arts and Activism, LIVE!, is a performance collage of poetry, music, dance, and drama and will take place on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:30pm. For more info, http://www.akilaworksongs.com/. Kelly is one of many confirmed artists.