Alex Chester (Founder/Producer) is a California gal living in NYC. She has been performing since she was a little girl. She is the creator and producer of the theatre company WeSoHapa - a theatre based on diversity and inclusion. Alex is a proud member of Broadway Diversity Project. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, has a blog Me So Hapa, is a New York City based Columnist for On Stage, and Manhattan Digest. She is launching an online magazine called Hapa Mag this Sept. Theatre credits include: “How the Grinch Stole Xmas” – Madison Square Garden (NYC) and the Broadway sit down production at The Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. Minnie Fay in “Hello Dolly” directed by Lee Roy Reams at the Signature Theatre (Off-Broadway), Joy/Skyler in “A Taste of Chocolate” with AMAS directed by Dan Knechtges (NYC). "Bubble Boy" at 54 Below (NYC). Counter Girl in "Brass Heart" at Royal Family Prod. Connie in “A Chorus Line” at The Berkshire Theatre Festival (Regional), “The King and I” at Dallas Summer Musicals (Regional). TV credits include: ER, The Closer, 7th Heaven, and several national/international commercials. http://www.AlexChester.com Twitter/Instagram: @AlexFChester
Rebecca Lee Lerman (Writer) is a Performer, Playwright, and Certified Yoga Instructor. She most recently celebrated pride for the authentic self by playing Cynthia in Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the ZACH Theatre. For NAAProject’s 5th anniversary Benefit Gala, she performed as Nancy in The Telephone Hour (Bye Bye Birdie), and as Eponine in One Day More (Les Miserables). Favorite roles include, Leah (Beautiful Thing), Charlotte Sowerberry (Oliver), Ermengarde (Hello Dolly) and Little Red (Into the Woods.) Her plays have been featured in Pan Asian Repertory’s Nu Work’s Series and the Midtown Inter-national Playwrights Festival. She is currently working on a new play with song, dealing with self-image, what it means to be a Hapa and Beyonce. http://www.rebeccasings.com
Kalen Sakima (Production Manage) was born and raised in Waipahu, Hawaii. He started his training at the well renown 24-VII Danceforce Studio at the age of 18. Since his move to the mainland, he has also focused on singing, ariel silks, and acting to add to his extensive dance expertise to mold him into the triple threat. Kalen’s latest creative investments include We So Hapa and the 2014 Broadway Revival of SIDE SHOW. Performing credits include: US National and International Broadway Tours of CATHY RIGBY IS PETER PAN (Pirate/Indian/AEA Chorus Deputy), International Tour of MISS SAIGON (Dragon Acrobat/Ensemble), GLEE LIVE 1st US National Tour (Vocal Adrenaline), K-BROADWAY TOKYO, TGNT TORONTO, LIMITLESS (CBS), GLEE (FOX) and Disney’s ALADDIN A MUSICAL SPECTACULAR (Swing) & SNOW WHITE AN ENCHANTING MUSICAL (Swing). http://www.KalenSakima.com
Diane Phelan (Director) is an New York based director, actor, and photographer. As a director she has collaborated with playwright and actress Rebecca Lee Lerman on her work “Three, Two, One” at Pan Asian Rep as well as a music video (#WhiteWashThis) in response to whitewashing in Hollywood, conceived by Lerman and produced by PheLerm Productions. As a performer, most recently she was seen in the original Broadway cast of The King and I at Lincoln Center and in the groundbreaking production of Here Lies Love at the Public Theatre as the standby for the role of Imelda Marcos. She has toured the world playing Maria in the 50th Anniversary production of West Side Story, and has enjoyed playing various heroines in the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon. She particularly delights in creating new works. As a photographer, Diane runs her own business as a portrait and headshot photographer. Diane is the founder of the social media community Broadway Diversity Project (https://www.facebook.com/BroadwayDiversityProject/ ) and is a newly wed and new furmom to catbaby Merman.
Jeff Van Damme (Music Director) - Regional Productions of Crazy For You, The Wizard of Oz, Lucky Stiff; National Asian Artists Project Chinatown Community Choir MD, NAAP Broadway Community Choir Asst. MD; various cabarets and workshops in the NYC area as well as a maintaining a private vocal coaching studio. As a performer on stage, New York/Regional credits include: Boys In The Club, LIFT The Musical, Rags, Guys and Dolls, and upcoming revival of Kennedy's Children with Regeneration Theatre this Summer. Much love to the creative team for this opportunity and to family and friends.
Gen Parton Shin is Not your typical 3rd culture kid (his parents weren't diplomats), Gen spent his childhood growing up in cities such as London, Kobe, Seoul, Tokyo, Philadelphia, and New York, in that order. It led to a mishmash of accents growing up. which at one point was the cause of an identity crisis, but he is now able to put it to good use thanks to that acting thing he does.
Gen debuted as Angel in the official Japanese cast of RENT in 2008. Only then he realized (yikes) that if he wanted to do this as a career, he needed formal training. So, skipping his college graduation ceremony, he dived into the One-Year Conservatory program at the T. Schreiber Studio, NY, and completed the curriculum on a tourist visa (You're not supposed to do that? Oops). He took more classes with many teachers and casting directors, but notably he has also studied under Bob Krakower in the Advanced On-Camera class, and currently studies improv at Faceoff Unlimited.
While pursuing his dream in the US, he furthered his career by starred in lead roles in Japan's official Broadway productions of next to normal (Gabe), Dracula (Jonathan), Bare (Jason), Rocky Horror Show (Rocky), to name a few.
As you might have guessed, Gen loves musicals, and also loves Japan. So much so that he co-founded a company called Broadway in Japan, which introduces Broadway musical theatre faculty to Japanese aspiring musical theatre performers, offering invaluable education opportunities in Japan. Ever expanding, Gen was able to produce 4 shows via BIJ, including broadway actor Telly Leung's first solo show in Japan, as well as the first concert version of The Last Five Years which Gen also performed in. You can learn all about it on facebook!
Gen is represented by agents The Mine (legit) and Innovative (commercial), as well as manager Josselyne Herman Saccio.
Gen also hosts a weekly American cable TV show called TV JAPAN CLUB, and is an active member of the New York theatre community, leading a life of auditions, callback
Alison is honored to be a part of this talented ensemble. Most recently sang with Broadway for Orlando in 2016's Broadway in Bryant Park and performed in Once on This Island at FIPAP. Alison has been developing roles in a few new works and is on a mission with her friends to bring more inclusion and diversity to the entertainment industry. Favorite regional credits: Next to Normal (Natalie), 25th... Spelling Bee (Marcy), Carousel at NAAP, and Academia Nuts at NYMF. Many thanks to the wonderful Alex, Rebecca, Kalen, Diane, and Jeff for their dedication and friendship. For my parents who provide me with endless, unconditional love and support. Thank you for bringing me into this world. I am proud to be Korean American. I am proud to identify with two cultures. I am proud to be a Hapa.
Matt Park has a BFA in undergraduate drama from NYU. He recently played Peer Gynt in Ma-Yi's production of Peer Gynt and The Norwegian Hapa Band. He also co-wrote the music for the production. He is currently playing guitar for Diana Oh on her production of My Lingerie Play, which will run at The Rattlestick Theater this fall. He has performed in New York at Joe's Pub, The Wild Project, La Mama, Ars Nova, The People's Improv Theater, The Magnet Theater, and UCB. He is a member of the music collective, Strange Motel. They are currently developing a musical based on the life and death of Billy The Kid. He also plays electric guitar and sings in his space garage punk band, Katie's Money. Love to his wife, Amy. Love to his daughter, Cassandra...and his two cats, Catherine and Heathcliffe.
Marc hails from Hawai'i and Seattle. Credits include: Broadway: If/Then. Off-Broadway: Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Company), Three Days to See (Transport Group). Tour: If/Then (David). International: Where Elephants Weep (Cambodia), The Wedding Banquet (Taiwan, Singapore). Regional: Allegiance, Miss Saigon, The 25th...Spelling Bee, My Fair Lady, Making Tracks. Many thanks to the We So Hapa family for having him!