Lodestone Theatre Ensemble
logo by Meina Co
|Purpose||Asian American theatre|
Daniel Dae Kim
In 1995, following the 1992 Los Angeles riots, veteran actor Soon-Tek Oh created the Society of Heritage Performers (SHP), a Korean American theatre ensemble. SHP evolved into Lodestone Theatre Ensemble in 1999, organized by original founders: actors Alexandra Bokyun Chun, Tim Lounibos and Chil Kong, and writer Philip W. Chung. Their new focus was embracing a broader Asian Pacific American identity. Chung and Kong remain as present co-artistic directors.
Lodestone Theatre Ensemble has presented over 75 mainstage productions, special events, and readings/workshops of both new and established works. New works are presented in the "Yellow Box" reading series. Theatre for Teens and Youth Outreach programs aid disadvantaged youth in partnership with Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Korean Youth Cultural Center and Asian Youth Center. Mainstage productions are done in residence at the GTC (Grove Theatre Center) in Burbank, California.
- Freak Storm by Matt Pelfrey
- Refrigerators by Judy Soo Hoo
- When Tigers Smoked Long Pipes by Angela Kang
- Claim to Fame by Isaac Ho
- Solve For X by Judy Soo Hoo
- American Monsters 2 by Corinne Chooey, Isaac Ho, Angela Kang, Oanh Ly, Judy Soo Hoo
- The Mikado Project by Doris Baizley & Ken Narasaki
- The Trojan Women by Euripides, translated by Kenneth Cavender
- Wada, Karen (May 3, 2009). "Lodestone Theatre Ensemble is going out on its own terms". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 18, 2016.