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Opening Night: Arts Showcase Lineup

Updated: Apr 1, 2018

Countdown to KQTcon: 6 Days


Celebrate OPENING NIGHT on Friday, 4/6 from 6-9 p.m. with the ARTS SHOWCASE featuring special performances, screenings and presentations by outstanding artists and performers from all over the world. The Arts Showcase is ticketed with limited seating. Buy your ticket now!


ARTIST BIO

*alphabetical order

Alex Myung is the director and Animator of Arrival. Myung’s first film Juxtaposed was completed in 2009 and went on to receive nominations for Best Film and Best Art Direction at the SVA Dusty Film Festival. The short was also broadcasted on WNET as part of their Reel 13 programming, while participating in a festival run.

Myung was adopted from South Korea and raised in Albany, NY. In 2005 he moved to NYC where he graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in 2D Animation. He has spent the past eight years working as a Tech Designer for companies such as Tiffany’s, Diane von Furstenberg, DKNY, and Alexander Wang.



Andy Marra

Andy Hong Marra has worked with LGBTQ organizations worldwide, having worked in the field for almost fifteen years. Prior to managing communications at the Arcus Foundation, she oversaw public relations at GLSEN, was co-director at Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, and served as a senior media strategist at GLAAD. Andy currently serves on the Board of Directors for Freedom for All Americans and Just Detention International. She currently lives in New York with her partner Drew.



Daniel K. Isaac

Daniel K. Isaac is an actor and writer based in New York City. You can currently see him on the small screen as Ben Kim in Showtime's Billions. Select NYC Acting Credits: Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO), Underland (59E59), La Divina Caricatura (La MaMa, Under the Radar & St. Ann's Warehouse), Anna Nicole the Opera (BAM). Select Regional: The Ballad of Little Jo (Two River Theater), Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse). Film/TV: MONEY MONSTER (dir. Jodie Foster), The Jim Gaffigan Show (TV LAND), Search Party (TBS), Crashing (HBO), The Following (FOX), Person of Interest (CBS), Believe (NBC, pilot), TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO), and According To My Mother (NYTVF Best Drama & Best Actor, Inaugural Sundance New Voices Lab,). As a playwright, Daniel is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, Page 73’s Interstate 73, and a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow. Training: UCSD, BADA. www.danielkisaac.com | www.AccordingToMyMother.com


Diana Oh

DM* @dianawhoa: instagram. Q*. w4t. w4w. nb4nb. w4m.* SS.* GGG.* Power Switch Exhibitionist.* RA.* QTW* We only do it if we're enthusiastically consenting to it. Communicative, Kind, Fun. Also interested in FO* (KEY: DM - direct message. Q - Queer. w4t - woman for trans. w4w - woman for woman. nb4nb - non-binary for non-binary. w4m - woman for man. SS - Safe Sex. GGG - good, giving, game. Power Switch Exhibitionist - enjoys topping/bottoming/submission/receiving pleasure/pleasing you. RA - Relationship Anarchy. QTW - Queer the World. FO - Friends Only.) Actor/Singer/Songwriter/Theatremaker/Creator of {my lingerie play}.



Elena Chang

Elena is an arts administrator, producer, and arts activist who has spearheaded multiple film, theatre, and visual arts projects advocating for social change by exploring the intersections between art, culture, and activism. She is currently the Associate Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American Theatre. She previously served as program director of the Asian American Arts Alliance, where she was responsible for the development, design and communications, and management of all artist-focused programs. BFA: Theatre (Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers).


Heezy Yang

Heezy Yang is a Seoul-born Korean queer artist and activist. He has been actively participating in Seoul Pride (also known as the Korea Queer Culture Festival) as a performer, artist, and booth runner since 2013. He uses various media including illustration, photography, performance, and installation for his art projects. He also performs as drag queen Hurricane Kimchi at major LGBTQ events all around Seoul. He is a founder and administrator of a group called LGBTQIA+ And Allies In Korea.



Hye Yun Park

Hye Yun Park is an actor, writer, and director based in New York. She has written and performed in several short films and created 2 seasons of the award winning web series HEY YUN, which she wrote, directed and starred in. First Kiss NYC, a viral video she made of diverse New Yorkers smooching strangers, has been written up by the Huffington Post, Daily Mail UK and many more. Her new web series BKPI––a multi-racial action dramedy about 3 female private investigators––is being developed for television. Recent directing credits include: Soojung Dreams of Fiji (Funny or Die/Amazon) and Puffy (Refinery29/TBS)


Joon Park

Joon Park (they/them/their) is a senior at Boston College. Joon is one of GLAAD’s Founding Campus Ambassadors and has since appeared in publications like Teen Vogue, Seventeen Magazine, and Billboard. In 2016, Joon was selected alongside 11 other students to participate in NLGJA’s Connect, a national student journalism training project, where they wrote an op-ed on the intersections of queerness, masculinity, and Asian identity.




kimura byol-nathalie lemoine

kimura byol-nathalie lemoine (나타리 르무완 * ナタリー.ルモワーヌ) is a conceptual multimedia feminist queer artist who works on identities (diaspora, ethnicity, colorism, post-colonialism, immigration, gender), and expresses it with calligraphy, paintings, digital images, poems, videos, and photography. kimura-lemoine’s work has been exhibited, screened, published, and supported nationally and internationally.

As an activist, kimura-lemoine has developed projects that give voice and visibility to minorities and as an activist archivist, ze is the co-founder of G.O.A.L (Global Overseas Adoptees Link), A.Q.A (Asian/African/Australian queer adoptees), NOKIAA (Network of Korean international Adoptee Artists) and is working on ACA (adoptees cultural archives) to document the history of adoptee’s culture through media and arts.



Korean American Rainbow Parents

Korean American Rainbow Parents (KARP) is a network of Korean American parents, families, and allies whose mission is to provide support to LGBTQ individuals of Korean heritage, their parents and family, and build compassion on LGBTQ issues within the Korean American community on behalf of LGBTQ loved ones.



Kyoung H. Park

Kyoung was born in Santiago, Chile and is the first Korean playwright from Latin America to be produced and published in the United States. He is author of Disoriented (“Kyoung’s most intensely personal play”—American Theatre Magazine), Tala (Time Out Critic’s Pick), Pillowtalk (“very much of this moment”—The New York Times) and many short plays, including Mina. Kyoung writes and directs his own work as Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, a peacemaking theater company, based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab, NYTW Usual Suspect, co-founder of The Sol Project, and serves in the Dramatist Guild’s Devised Theater Committee. Residencies include: Baryshnikov Arts Center, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, BRIC Arts Media. Fellowships: Creative Mellon, Field Leadership Fund. Kyoung has been a grant panelist for the NEA, TCG, and ART/NY. MFA: Playwriting (Columbia University). www.kyoungspacificbeat.org



Nick Neon

Neon is an award-winning Korean American writer, director, and actor. He loves Jurassic Park, vegan ice cream, and the desert sky at dawn.









Patrick G. Lee

Patrick is a queer Korean American filmmaker and journalist. He's currently working on documentaries about Asian American coming out stories, LGBTQ self-representation and queer Asian history. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Mother Jones, ProPublica, Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and CNN.com. Patrick helps produce a monthly pan-Asian drag show in New York and is a terrible, but passionate, hip-hop dancer. www.patrickglee.com



Poongmul Movement Builders

Poongmul Movement Builders' (PMB) mission is to create a safe space for Queer, Trans, and Gender Non-Conforming Asian and Pacific Islander identified community members and allies to celebrate our Visibility, Pride, and Empowerment through the Korean traditional drumming art of Poongmul-nori. We are open to all abilities and ages as long as individuals and organizations openly support our mission.


Raymond J. Lee

Raymond is excited to be attending his first KQTcon! Ray recently originated the role of Ralph in Groundhog Day on Broadway. Other Broadway credits: Honeymoon In Vegas, Anything Goes, and Mamma Mia! Off-Broadway: Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Public), The Wild Party (Encores!). Regional: Tiger Style! (La Jolla), Stuck Elevator (A.C.T.), Nerds (PTC), Great Wall (Village Theatre), Spelling Bee (PCS), Seussical (MUNY). TV/Film: Billions, Succession, Smash, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Fame, Red Oaks, The Greatest Showman, The Mikado Project, Ghost Town. For additional information, please visit www.raymondjlee.com and follow @raymondjlee.

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