Co-Founder & Creative Director
Chye-Ling Huang is a Chinese-Pakeha actor, director and writer. After completing acting training at Unitec in 2013, Huang co-founded Proudly Asian Theatre, producing and acting in FOB and Lantern and writing Call of the Sparrows, which debuted in 2016. She directed Asian Men Talk About Sex (Documentary) and created The Han Chronicles TVNZ web pilot as well as acting in various film and theatre projects including A War Story, Te Waka Huia and The Last Man On Earth Is Trapped In A Supermarket at the Melbourne puppetry festival. Huang’s second play Orientation won the Auckland Theatre Award for Most Original Production in 2018. Huang was awarded a Grimshaw Sargeson literary residency for two new plays in 2019 and is co-writing and acting in NZOA funded web series Life Is Easy with TVNZ and Us People.
James Roque is a director, writer, actor and co-founder of Proudly Asian Theatre. He is a graduate of Unitec's Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts programme, with theatre credits include Fractious Tash's acclaimed show Titus and the lead role of Sidu in Indian Ink Theatre Company's Kiss the Fish. Outside of theatre, James is an acclaimed stand-up comedian. His television writing and performance credits include TV3's 7 Days and Jono and Ben. He is also one third of the sketch group Frickin Dangerous Bro, touring, performing and writing TV sketch show Only in Aotearoa and their popular podcast. His take on Filipino identity ‘Boy Mestizo’ played to sold out houses and 5 star reviews in 2019 comedy festival across Melbourne, Sydney and NZ.
Marianne is a proud Filipino who moved to Christchurch at age 11, before moving to Auckland in 2014. Marianne gained a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts degree graduating from Unitec in 2016 and has since multiplied her skills in the creative industry, producing, stage management, playwriting and teaching. Her theatre experiences include Rumination, Aroha Mai and Meera. She is currently the producer of Fresh Off The Page, PAT’s monthly play-reading event. Marianne’s original script, PINAY is being developed with PAT and will be New Zealand’s first Filipino-Kiwi bilingual play premiering in June. Marianne received an Outstanding Newcomer Award at the Auckland Theatre Awards 2018.
Assistant producer - Fresh off the Page
John Rata is a Filipino Writer, Director and graduate of Unitec's Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts degree. He has since worked in various management and assistant roles in film & Theatre, from NZFC funded short films to the Pop-Up Globe. In 2016 he premiered his first play, The Ball Date, at Te Pou Theatre and is currently undergoing a writing mentorship with Script to Screen under their South Shorts initiative. While being the photographer for 2018's Fresh Off The Page, John has now joined the team as an assistant producer for the programme in 2019 and will debut his first work in the series this year. He is incredibly joyed to help provide a platform for Asian creatives to spread and share their stories to the world.
Nahyeon Lee is a Korean-New Zealand cinematographer and filmmaker who recently graduated with first class honours in Screen Production at the University of Auckland. Her most recent work includes short film Revenge of the Follicle, Hit and My Mother Told Me, a revisionist Western told from the perspective of a Chinese mother-to-be during New Zealand’s gold rush.
She was recently chosen by PAT to undergo a writing mentorship with the New Zealand Film Commission and directed a short film for TVNZ’s New Blood initiative, The Myth of the Model Minority. Nahyeon is undertaking the competitive Satellites internship programme in 2019.
Assistant producer - Fresh off the Page
Alyssa Medel is a filmmaker and writer armed with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Screen Production and History. An emerging creative working in both screen and theatre, she is passionate about the relationship between visual storytelling and its power to centre voices that are normally marginalised. This has seen her involved in cultural initiatives with the Filipino Students’ Association, Southeast Asian Cultural Week, as well as being the founder of the University of Auckland’s Film Society in 2017. She has also written articles for The Big Q and Newsroom, and was the assistant producer for PINAY.
After completing the Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts at Unitec, Kelly found her interests lay more in production management and joined as PAT’s creative producer at the start of 2016, producing Call of the Sparrows and all subsequent PAT projects in 2017, including film. Kelly also worked as the Event Coordinator at the 2016 and 2017 season of Pop-up Globe. Kelly also directed and produced a short documentary for Wireless docs called Messages to Your Younger Self. Recently Kelly has produced several music videos, theatre productions including My Name is Rachel Corrie and PAT’s Orientation.