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At a Glance
The collection is in 4 parts:
Part #1: FOUR SEAS PLAYERS 四海劇社 which she founded in 1970 in New York City and led for 22 years. The company is in its 52nd season.
Part #2: YANGTZE REPERTORY THEATRE OF AMERICA which she founded in 1992 in New York City and led for 24 years. The company is now in its 30th season.
Part #3: HONG KONG REPERTORY THEATRE 香港話劇團 of which Joanna was the Artistic Director in the 1980s and where she worked as a guest director and playwright for 25 years.
Part #4: REHAB FOR THE ARTS at Sing Sing Maximum Security Correctional Facility in upstate New York, for which she served as guest playwright and director for 9 years.
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Single reproductions may be made for research purposes. It is the responsibility of the user to secure permission for publication or use from the appropriate copyright holder.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Joanna Wan-Ying Chan papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Joanna Chan, 2023.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
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History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Joanna Wan-Ying Chan (陳尹瑩) is a trail-blazing playwright and stage director in Chinese American theatre as well as Cantonese-language theatre in Hong Kong. In recent years, she has presented plays with inmates at Sing Sing prison. She is an alumna of Teachers College, receiving her M.A. (1971), M.Ed. (1974), and Ed.D. (1977) and the honor of a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994 from TC at Columbia University.
Joanna is a featured as a New Yorker with significant impact on the Chinese/Asian New York community at the Museum of NYC's permanent exhibition. Here are two stories about her:
Building Bridges with Language and Theater https://www.mcny.org/story/building-bridges-language-and-theater
Why Ossining nun is featured in NYC museum exhibit https://www.lohud.com/story/life/2016/11/21/maryknoll-nun-ny-at-core-exhibit/93587458/