From West to East

How Musical Theatre has Transformed?


This panel is in conjunction with the English premiere of Tropical Angels, a new Taiwanese musical developed into Chinese and English versions concurrently.

presented by Taipei Cultural Center in New York in collaboration with Musical Theatre Factory and HowlRound TV with support from Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. (Taiwan).

Produced by Hui-Chun Chang. Co-curated by Yu Chien Liu and Chi-Ping Yen.

Special Thanks to Joyce Chiu, General and Artistic Director, Leda Lin, National Taichung Theater, Taiwan; Ching (Hui) Chen and Project Zero; Taipei Performing Arts Center; Kyuen Kim; The National Captioning Institute.


Welcome by Leo Yu-Ning Chang

Musicals in Taiwan by Charlene (Tsai Yuan) Lin

Musicals in Korea by Ji Hyon (Kayla) Yuh

Panel Discussion

With Lin Meng-Huan, Sheng Lei, Charlene (Tsai Yuan) Lin, Ji Hyon (Kayla) Yuh. Moderated by Leo Yu-Ning Chang.

Q & A


Lin Meng-Huan (林孟寰) a.k.a Dazi currently serves as Artist-in-Residence of National Taichung Theater, Taiwan. With a Master’s degree from the Department of Drama and Theater at National Taiwan University, Lin’s works span across theatre, children’s play, and television. He has received awards including the Hong Kong Youth Literary Awards, Taipei Literature Award for Best Script, and the Script Award of Taipei Children’s Art Festival, while his publications include On Meicun Road as well as many children’s drama, poetry, short fiction, and children’s stories. As for stage shows, Lin has given birth to more than 20 staged productions including A Dog’s House, ARK 47, and children’s play Jane’s Magic Dragon Egg. The TV series The Teenage Psychic, in which Lin was a member of the screenwriter group, was shortlisted for Best Script for Mini-Series/TV Movie at the Golden Bell Awards. He/Him/His.

Sheng Lei (雷昇) is a New York City-based composer/musician born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan with an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He is currently writing and developing a historical musical, Tropical Angels, supported by the National Taichung Theater of Taiwan, which will premiere in summer 2022. He is always excited about collaborating with artists of all kinds of medium, including musical theatre, plays, and dance. He believes musical theatre is an ultimate form of storytelling that has no boundaries nor limitations - capable of expressing the inexpressible, making the unseen heard. He/Him/His

Charlene (Tsai Yuan) Lin (林采韻) is Senior Manager of the Department of Production and Marketing at Taipei Performing Arts Center, also an acclaimed music critic and radio host. In her professional career, she at first served as Senior Reporter for the Culture Division in China Times. She is the author of Carpe Diem: A Comprehensive Interpretation of Music Ecology, as well as co-author on several books, including The Complete Guide: 40 Years of Taiwan Contemporary Theatre. She/Her/Hers

Ji Hyon (Kayla) Yuh holds a PhD in Theatre from CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of “Korean Musical Theatre’s Past: Yegrin and the Politics of 1960s Musical Theatre” in The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers and “Modern Theatre in North Korea” and “Modern Musicals in Asia (Korea)” in the Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre. Her research concerns Koreans’ understanding of self and racial(ized) others through musical theater productions in South Korea. Currently, she is teaching theatre history and Asian theatre to undergraduate and graduate students at Montclair State University in New Jersey, US. She/Her/Hers.

Leo Yu-Ning Chang is a bilingual educator, singer, emcee, and educator originally from Taiwan. Before coming to the States, he was a co-founder of an award-winning A Cappella Band-Guess What. Recently, Leo starred in the Off-Broadway production of “Revelation: The Musical.” His selected credits include Bubble Boy, Farewell My Concubine (Reading), Mr. Holland’s Opus (Reading), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Company, The Full Monty, and Enchanted April. Leo has taught at Marymount Manhattan College, New York City Center, International Thespian Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Grossmont College, and San Diego State University where he received his M.F.A in Musical Theatre. For more info, please visit:



Yu Chien Liu

Jackie Spaventa

H. Chia

Taipei Cultural Center in New York

Musical Theatre Factory

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