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Conversations on Experimental Art-Making and Queer Solidarities

Join us for a feast for the mind and body as CAAP partners with Arts House, Melbourne for the first time to present a lively evening of food, conversation and Mahjong.

Hosted by James Ngyuen, who will lead fellow Asian Australian artists - Harry Lee Shang Lun, Elyas Alavi, Kianna Devine Orricci through a discussion of risk-taking, community building and queer solidarities. This event will also be joined by Artistic Director Tessa Leong.

Refreshments will be served following the discussion. 


TUESDAY 23 MAY  |  7.00 - 9.00PM  
Arts House - North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne


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Longhouse: Sydney @ Carriageworks
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Cultural Consultancy 

Write what you know, they say. When a production needs a cultural consultant, is it an indication they shouldn’t be telling that story? Or is it a significant step towards inclusion, representation and ultimately more authentic storytelling? Where do we draw the line between necessary research -vs- exploiting an unknown domain for the sake of novelty? 

In this Longhouse we centre the conversation on the experiences of practitioners in the field of cultural consultancy - what they’ve learned, where they think it’s going and how it's evolving in the industry. This year we’re exploring more challenging topics and themes affecting Asian Australians in the industry. Does the emergence of cultural consultancy make you feel hopeful or cynical? Join us for this exciting Longhouse: Sydney panel discussion facilitated by Longhouse Coordinator Happy Feraren who will be joined by artists Mayu Iwasaki, Kenneth Moraleda and Pearl Tan. 


Mayu Iwasaki 
Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, Mayu Iwasaki is an award-winning actor, puppeteer, theatre-maker and cultural consultant bilingual in Japanese and English who is currently based in Sydney. She is an inaugural creative associate of Monkey Baa Theatre Company since 2020, for which she wrote an original puppet show “Little Bozu and Kon Kon” based on Japanese folklore. Mayu is a graduate of the Atlantic Theatre Conservatory and trained extensively with the SITI Company in New York. In 2018 Mayu first appeared on Australian television as the lead character in the Top Knot Detective on SBS. Mayu has been collaborating with several theatres and arts & community organisations internationally as a cultural advisor, playwright, translator and movement director.   

Kenneth Moraleda 
Kenneth Moraleda is director, actor and writer of Filipino descent. He was part of the STC/CAAP Directing Initiative in 2020-22. For STC he was Assistant Director for Playing Beatie Bow, The Deep Blue Sea How to Rule the World, and directed Rough Draft #48 - Hubris and Humiliation.  He co-founded the company kwento, producing three shows in their 2022 slate, in which he directed Ate Lovia (Old Fitz) and The Marriage Agency (KXT) followed by Co-Writing and Directing One Hour No Oil (KXT) which garnered him a Best Director in an Independent Production nomination. Other directing credits include They Say She’s Different (Melbourne Fringe/Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Eat Me: Blowback (NIDA), co-directing the opera Chop Chef, (Blush Opera/Riverside Theatres), developments of Lola! A New Musical (Hayes) Na’s Marriage Agency(Next In Line) The Grocer (PWA/Belvoir) and readings of Gamers for Life (Martin Lysicrates Prize), Daddy by Jeremy O. Harris and Office Hour by Julia Cho (kxteethcutting). He was a collaborating artist in the works This Here. Land. (Liveworks) and Within and Without (PSpace/Blacktown Arts). Kenneth was also a teacher and facilitator for Playwriting and a participant writer in Performance 4a/PWA Lotus First Draft Program.

Proud member of MEAA since graduating from NIDA. 

Pearl Tan 
Pearl Tan is the Discipline Lead in Directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). She is the Vice President of New Media on the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Board and was previously the NSW Chapter Head for the ADG. In 2020, Pearl was listed in the 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards and was named the most influential in the Arts and Culture category. She was Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Equity Diversity Committee within the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) and held positions on the MEAA Board and the National Performers Committee (NPC) for Actors Equity. 

Pearl is currently completing her PhD in Creative Practice at the University of New South Wales, where her research focus is on the experience of diverse creatives in the screen industry. As part of her PhD, she will release a fictional podcast entitled Diversity Work in 2023.


THURSDAY 27 APRIL  |  6.00PM  |  Track 12 Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St Eveleigh NSW 

Refreshments will be served after the panel, we encourage participants to stay on to network and continue the conversation.  

*Ticket fees are used to cover catering and other related costs. Please reach out if you would like to attend and need a complimentary ticket. 



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Longhouse: Works In Progress

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Longhouse: Works In Progress is back! 

Join us for the final Longhouse of 2022 – the annual CAAP Works In Progress showcase featuring some of the freshest works in development by Asian Australian artists spanning new writing, musical theatre, stand up comedy and dance.

  • Fully Sukhjit by Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa
  • Space Time by Gary Paramanathan

  • Diversity Work by Pearl Tan 

  • The Copy of the Copy by Priya Srinivasan

  • The Dropout Club by Michele Gould and Zara Stanton 




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Longhouse: Sydney @Screen AustraliaLONGHOUSE Sydney panel


Inside the Writer’s Room – Opportunities and Pitfalls

Join Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP) and Screen Australia as we give insight into the Screen Industry from a Writer’s Room perspective.

Bali Padda current Head of New Work for Stage at Co-Curious, will lead the conversation with fellow filmmakers and screenwriters:

  • Andrew Undi Lee – Director / Writer / Producer / Production Designer Young Australian Korean Filmmaker Award recipient, “Melon Grab” (Screen Australia). Director and Korean consultant for the “The Newsreader” (ABC).

  • Melissa Lee Speyer – Writer and devisor for theatre and screen Screenwriter for “The Heights” (ABC), Playwright for “TickTickBoom” which won the Sliver Gull Play Award. Currently the Development Executive at Screen Australia.

  • Vonne Patiag – Filmmaker / Director / Writer / Producer Spirit of the West Award recipient, co-founder of production company In-Between pictures, co-writer and associate producer on Australia’s first prime time Filipino TV series “The Unusual Suspects” (SBS).

  • Nicole Reddy – Writer for Stage & Screen Recipient of a Screen NSW script department attachment on Foxtel/Lingo’s “Lambs of God”, screenwriter for short film “A Boy Called Su”, which won Best Coming of Age at HollyShortsFilm Festival in the US and the Special Jury Award at Golden Panda Awards, Sichuan TV Festival in China.

Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP)’s Longhouse program aims to forge a resilient community of artists interested in exploring Asian Australian themes through performance.

Refreshments will be served following the discussion. 


WEDNESDAY 24 AUG  |  6.00 - 8.00PM  |  Screen Australia, 45 Jones Street, Ultimo



Longhouse: Melbourne @MTCLONGHOUSE Sydney panel


Join Melbourne Theatre Company and CAAP
for a conversation with cast and creatives from Laurinda

Welcome to the Laurinda Rehearsal Room to be a part of a conversation with Melbourne Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Anne-Louise Sarks and some of the extraordinary team behind the adaptation of Alice Pung’s much loved and lauded novel.

Alice Qin will lead the discussion between:

  • playwright Diana Nguyen
  • director Petra Kalive
  • designer Euygeene Teh and
  • actor Fiona Choi
  • and MTC's Artistic Director Anne-Louise Sarks

Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP)’s Longhouse program aims to forge a resilient community of artists interested in exploring Asian Australian themes through performance.

Refreshments will be served following the discussion.  MTC is looking forward to hosting this event inside one of their working spaces.  Please note that in accordance with MTC's COVID-safe policy, all attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and face masks are strongly encouraged.  These protocols are in place for the health and safeth of their show company and all those attending.


THURSDAY 28 JULY  |  5.30PM  |  MTC HQ, Rehearsal Room 2, 252 Sturt Street, Southbank




Longhouse: Sydney @STCLONGHOUSE Sydney panel


Meet the creative team behind STC’s production of Top Coat.

Join playwright Michelle Law, director Courtney Stewart, composer Michael Toisuta and STC Design Associates James Lew and Kate Baldwin for insights into the creation of their new play Top Coat and their observations about pathways for Asian Australian theatre artists today.

Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP)’s Longhouse program aims to forge a strong community of artists interested in exploring Asian Australian themes through performance.

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Thursday 2 June  |  6.30pm  | Neilson Family Gallery, The Wharf



Longhouse: Brisbane @ LaBoite

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What are the most exciting opportunities for Asian Australian artists right now? How do artists gain access to these opportunities and what tools do they need to succeed? Let’s find out together.

In partnership with La Boîte Theatre Company, Contemporary Asian Australian Performance’s second instalment of Longhouse: Brisbane is back. Leading Asian Australian theatre artists:

  • Annette Shun Wah (Artistic Director)
  • Darren Yap (Director)
  • Anna Yen (performer, writer and theatre-maker)

in conversation with Longhouse: Brisbane Coordinator and Queensland Actor/Director, Egan Sun-Bin.

Join the panel for a cuppa to discuss the pathways that exist for Asian Australian Artists right now, how to take that first step and how you can prepare for the opportunities available. If you're an Asian Australian performer or interested in the future of Asian Australian performance, join us at La Boite Theatre Company's Forecourt at 6:30pm, Friday 20th May.

Tickets $13.50

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Friday 20 May  |  6.30pm  | La Boite Theatre Company Forecourt



Longhouse Goes Global China text across global map


The past two years of disruption have led to significant shifts in thinking about the performing arts across the Asia Pacific. Theatres have a greater focus on local artists and communities. What does this mean for Australian artists who wish to collaborate, tour and engage across borders?

Join us in this year’s first Longhouse, a free online event in which we discuss how the landscape has changed. Lynn Fu, China Market Adviser for the Australia Council for the Arts will set the scene with examples from around the region. Then meet three theatre practitioners from China who will share their experiences from the perspectives of an independent venue, a major theatre and an independent artist.

  • Join
    Hu Yin, founder of the multi-arts and cultural centre Yinzi Theater in Chongqing;
  • Juliet Zhu, Deputy Director of Performing Arts Programs, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and
  • Wang Mengfan, Beijing-based theatre director and choreographer 

in this live online conversation with writer and comedian Jennifer Wong.

Thursday 7 April
12.30pm - 2.00pm (AEST)
10.30am - 12.00pm (CST)


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The Longhouse is CAAP’s community and information-sharing hub. It is open to anyone interested in contemporary Asian Australian performance. 
This edition of Longhouse Goes Global is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations.

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Longhouse: National [Online]

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On Tues 9th November we had our Longhouse: National [Online] – The Next Generation Looks Ahead. Hosted by Longhouse Coordinator, Jennifer Wong and joined by panelists:

  • Margot Tanjutco (VIC)
  • Egan Sun-Bin (QLD)
  • Stephanie Jack (TAS)
  • Nicky Tsz Tung Li (SA)
  • Kate Baldwin (NSW) 
  • Haneen Martin (NT)

During this Longhouse we had the chance to discuss the opportunities and experiences that helped these artists get into the performing arts industry, the differences & commonalities of each state and how we feel about the future of Asian Australian performance in our nation.Thank you to our panelists for a great conversation and thank you to those who joined us on the night. We can't wait to see what these panelists get up to the nearer future ! 





Longhouse: Brisbane

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After successful gatherings in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne, and nationally and internationally online, we are excited to announce CAAP's first Longhouse in Brisbane.

Hosted at Queensland Theatre, we will be exploring what pathways exist, and what needs to be developed for Asian-Australian artists to make their way onto Queensland stages and screens. With a panel of representatives from Queensland’s industry leaders, we’ll be asking questions like: Where do we go? Who can we talk to? What stories do we need to tell right now?

This will be followed by a tour of Queensland Theatre, and a chance to meet and mingle at the bar.

Join us in the Bille Brown Theatre to meet other Queensland creatives and discuss the future of contemporary Asian Australian performance.

Panellists (L-R):

  • Lee Lewis  Artistic Director Queensland Theatre
  • Loani Arman  Writer, Director & Filmmaker
  • Sanja Simić  Creative Producer & Director in Residence, La Boîte Theatre Company
  • Janaki Gerard  Multidisciplinary Artist


Friday 27 August  |  6.30pm  | Billie Brown Theatre  | This event has ended