YouTheatre: David Henry Hwang’s YELLOWFACE Comes To YouTube

by Dafina McMillan

in Artistry & Artistic Innovation,National Conference

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As I wrote in my post, Uniting the 1,000 Conferences, TCG’s annual gathering of theatre people is simultaneously a single event and a multiplicity of diverse experiences. That is especially true for surrounding events, festivals and special presentations that are not directly part of TCG’s programming but become central to some of those experiences. I’m thinking of things like the Radar L.A. Festival in Los Angeles in 2011, and Michael Daisey’s special performance of attendees in Boston in 2012.

Similarly exciting things are popping up for Dallas in 2013, and I’m pleased to share a very special event for Conference attendees: the first public screening of the first-ever adaptation of a play directly for YouTube!

In 2012, YouTube announced the launch of 100 funded channels to create high-quality online content that could eventually rival anything on TV. One of these channels was The YOMYOMF Network led by film director Justin Lin (the “Fast & Furious” franchise) in partnership with some of the biggest YouTube personalities in world including Ryan Higa and KevJumba. In June, YOMYOMF will premiere its most ambitious project–a full-length adaptation of Tony Award-winning playwright and TCG-published David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face.

On Friday, June 7th, we will host the first public screening of the completed version of the film and will be followed by a Q&A with author David Henry Hwang, director Jeff Liu and YOMYOMF Network Creative Director Philip W. Chung where they will discuss the genesis of the project and their efforts to use New Media to create a viable platform to bring theatrical work to a young and diverse audience. One more reason to join us in Dallas!

Dafina McMillan serves as the director of communications & conferences for Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for not-for-profit theatre. In this role, Dafina oversees the overall internal and external communications strategy – as well as programs TCG’s convenings, including the TCG National Conference, which gathers more than 1,000 theatre practitioners annually. Prior to joining TCG, Dafina served as the associate managing director of Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, MN, where she managed the day-to-day operations for the theatre, which included communications, fundraising, overseeing the annual fundraising gala and working directly with the board of directors. While previously in New York, she was an account supervisor at global public relations agency GCI Group (now Cohn & Wolfe) and implemented communication strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Dafina has served as a speech writer, led executive visibility and corporate social responsibility campaigns, supported brand launches, and worked with national media to secure online, print and broadcast coverage for her clients. She also consulted with the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on marketing and community engagement initiatives. Dafina is an alumna of The John F. Kennedy Center’s International Arts Management Fellowship in Washington, D.C. Originally from Houston, TX, she received her bachelor of science degree in public relations from the University of Texas at Austin.