Keynote Speaker Kelly Tsai: Workshop, Lecture and Performance

The Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance, The Association for Research in Theater at IU, and Indiana University Student Association invite you to a workshop, a lecture and a performance by:

Kelly Tsai


Kelly Tsai is an award-winning writer, performer, and director based in Brooklyn. Her theatrical work has been developed and presented by Ars Nova, New York Live Arts, Downtown Urban Theater Festival, Museum of Chinese in America, Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, Culture Project, University of California-Santa Cruz Rainbow Theater, and more. She was a founding ensemble member for Mango Tribe, an Asian American Pacific Islander women’s and genderqueer spoken word theater group, and an original cast member for We Got Issues!, a national hip hop theater project promoting young women’s leadership and electoral engagement. She has also collaborated with acclaimed dance companies and theater artists like Urban Bush Women and Ping Chong. Her work as a spoken word poet has been featured at hundreds of performances worldwide including audiences at the White House, Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater, Kennedy Center, and HBO’s “East of Main Street: Asians Aloud” and “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.” Her current work spans screen, print, live performance, and new media. Throughout her career, Kelly has been committed to the arts as leverage for social change for issues as diverse as cultural identity, feminism, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, immigrant rights, law enforcement reform, and voter enfranchisement.

Events with Kelly Tsai:

Friday, March 31:

Writing Workshop
2:00-3:30pm, Studio Theatre
This workshop focuses on how to write & develop solo performance material of all kinds.

Saturday, April 1st: 

Performative Keynote Address
12:00-12:30 pm, Studio Theatre

Formosa, solo performance
7:30pm, Studio Theatre