Jennie Kwan Recreates Role of Lipoh in “Land of Smiles” Production in Thailand

Posted September 17, 2013 by Admin
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Jennie Kwan

JENNIE KWAN originated her role as Lipoh in the developmental readings of Land of Smiles in Los Angeles this past year, and will be joining the cast in December at The Gate Theatre in Chiang Mai, Thailand for four performances.

Jennie was a series regular on Little Shop and California Dreams with guest roles on The Nanny, Family Matters, Beverly Hills 90210, Anger Management and Oliver Stone’s miniseries Wild Palms with film credits in Trojan War and Boy Meets World. She starred in the film short Play Time which was shown at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Silent River Film Festival and Young Cuts Film Festival.

Her voice has been heard on a number of projects for Digital Entertainment Network and Nickelodeon. She is a member of the singing group, Nobody’s Angel, signed with Hollywood Records which garnered them a first gold record for Princess Diaries soundtrack.

A few of her theatre credits include the role of Kim in the First National Tour of Miss Saigon as well as the First National Tour of Avenue Q. Some other credits include the role of Jasmine in Aladdin for Disney, Bare The Musical and Jewtopia along with her one-person show, Face of America, examining diversity and tolerance in America.


Actress Melody Butiu Joins Production in Thailand

Posted September 17, 2013 by Admin
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44e7d796c3df4b420a4e5bfea47680fcMELODY BUTIU will be joining the Thailand Production of Land of Smiles with the combined casts from Los Angeles and Chiang Mai in the role of Woman 1/ Soon Nu. She most recently played Estrella in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s “Here Lies Love” at The Public Theater in New York, directed by Alex Timbers.

Melody stars as Mary in Gina M. Garcia’s upcoming feature film, “Untold.” She also appears in the films, Blood Ransom and Atonal. Her Television credits include; NCIS, Melissa & Joey, Harry’s Law, True Blood, No Ordinary Family, Desperate Housewives, Modern Family, Samantha Who, Cold Case, Without A Trace, Rules Of Engagement, Scrubs, Invasion, and General Hospital.

She has been awarded the AriZoni Award for Best Actress and has performed in the world premiere and Pulitzer Prize nominated productions at Getty Villa, Geffen Playhouse, Playwrights Arena, Perserverance Theatre, Boston Court, Singapore Rep, East West Players, San Diego Rep, Reprise!, La Jolla Playhouse, Geva, Portland Center Stage and Laguna Playhouse.

Producing Team Welcomes Amanda Kruger to “Land of Smiles” in the role of Emma

Posted September 14, 2013 by Admin
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Amanda Kruger

Amanda Kruger has joined the cast of “Land of Smiles” in the role of Emma and will be traveling with the producing team to Chiang Mai, Thailand for four performances on December 12 -15. Amanda is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and studies acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.

She has appeared in a number of independent features and several television series for Nickelodeon and the CW with recurring roles on The Fresh Beat Band and Melody and Her Many Men.

Amanda has performed at the New York Fringe Festival with Celebration Theatre and in theatrical productions with Beverly Hills Playhouse, Skylight Theatre, Macha Theatre, Shakespeare Naked, Marion Art Center, Hampton Summer Theatre, Reisinger Theatre and ORRA Theatre Company.

Liberation Arts Practitioner Joins Production Team in Thailand

Posted August 22, 2013 by Admin
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Kimiko Broder, Liberation Arts Practitioner

Kimiko Broder, Liberation Arts Practitioner

The “Land of Smiles” production team is thrilled to announce that Liberation Arts practitioner Kimiko Broder will be joining us in Thailand! Kimiko brings her expertise in Forum Theater to the production, leading exercises designed to foster engagement between actor and character, and deepen the actor’s awareness of the issues their character faces. In Kimiko’s words:

“Liberation Arts are keys to developing the essence of the whole person. When using Liberation Arts techniques, we access our histories in the here and now, linking our stories to unresolved global issues. We then share our stories in performative activities. The technique at the forefront of my work is “Forum Theatre.” Forum Theatre was created to “conscientize” participants to social prejudice and discrimination within their own society. I use these techniques in the theatrical context to create mock scenarios that give opportunity both in performance and in practice, to fix the scenarios. Through these techniques, the participants—both actors and audiences (“spectactivists”)– will be able to see the consequences of their solutions, and become mindful of the way these issues play out in their own lives.”

We welcome Kimiko on board!

Audition Call: “Land of Smiles”

Posted July 10, 2013 by Admin
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The Gate Theater ( would like to announce an audition call for “Land of Smiles”, an original musical about trafficking of women in Thailand. The program will take place at the Studio Theater, 7th Floor, Kad Suan Kaew Mall in Chiang Mai from December 12-15, 2013. We’re looking for talented performers who have experience in singing and acting in theater. Click on the link below for more information on how to submit your audition video clips to us. Help us by sharing this information with anyone who you want to see in this musical in Chiang Mai!

ทีมงานละครเวทีเพลงเรื่อง Land of Smiles ซึ่งมีเนื้อหาเกี่ยวกับการค้ามนุษย์ในประเทศไทย ได้รับความร่วมมือจาก The Gate Theater ( ในการจัดการแสดงละครเวทีเรื่องนี้ในวันที่ 12-15 ธันวาคม 2556 ณ โรงละคร ชั้น 7 ห้างเซ็นทรัลกาดสวนแก้ว ในจังหวัดเชียงใหม่ ขณะนี้เราได้เปิดโอกาสให้นักเรียนการแสดง นักร้อง และผู้ที่มีความสามารถและสนใจการแสดงละครเวทีที่อาศัยอยู่ในจังหวัดเชียงใหม่หรือที่บริเวณไกล้เคียงให้มาออดิชั่นทดลองบทละครได้ตั้งแต่วันนี้จนถึงวันที่ 4 สิงหาคม 2556 โดยสามารถอ่านร่ายละเอียดการสมัครได้จากลิ้งค์ข้างล่างนี้

Innovation Award

Posted June 27, 2013 by Admin
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Happy to share that I’ve received a joint Award with my research collaborator Prawit Thainiyom from the USC Diploma in Innovation program. This program awards grants to researchers working on interdisciplinary projects that seek to bring creative solutions to global problems. The focus group study of the “Land of Smiles” production in Chiangmai, Thailand — happening December 12th- 15th, 2013– will be partially funded by this grant. For more info on our upcoming production, visit the Gate Theater Group‘s website!

USC Center for Feminist Research Fellowship

Posted May 3, 2013 by Admin
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I’m pleased to accept a Fellowship from the USC Center on Feminist Research for 2013-14,  where I’ll be part of a working group on “Global Capitalism and Intimate Industries.” I’ll be studying with Rhacel Parrenas, Alice Echols and other scholars grappling with issues of migration, sex work, women’s empowerment and feminist approaches to global policy. Looking forward to diving in!