Bonnie Milligan, Christiane Noll, Nehal Joshi, Pamela Bob, EJ Zimmerman, Alan Ariano, Shea Renne and more set for Industry Presentation of Lynne Shankel’s New Musical POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN on January 12

Lynne Shankel
Lynne Shankel
Lynne Shankel

The new musical POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN will have its first industry presentation in New York City on January 12th. This timely new musical features a book by Crystal Skillman (Geek, Mary & Max) and music and lyrics by Lynne Shankel (Allegiance, Cry- Baby, bare: The Musical, Altar Boyz), with direction by Stafford Arima (Allegiance, Carrie, bare: the Musical, Altar Boyz), musical direction by Michael Gacetta (Groundhog Day, Matilda) and music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Mean Girls, Tuck Everlasting, Finding Neverland, Company).

The cast features: Bonnie Milligan (Gigantic, Kinky Boots), Christiane Noll (Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde), Zach Piser (Wicked), Nehal Joshi (Les Miserables Original Revival, School of Rock), Laura Jordan (Cry-Baby), Pamela Bob (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Jodi Capeless (All About Me), Tally Sessions (Falsettos), EJ Zimmerman (Les Misérables), Alan Ariano (Miss Saigon) Shea Renne (Allegiance), Michael Buchanan (Book of Mormon), Chuck Ragsdale (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, US Tour), Christian Whelan (“Blacklist”) and Melody Madarasz (Mad Libs Live).

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George Takei’s ALLEGIANCE Set for LA Premiere, February 21-April 1, 2018

George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

East West Players (EWP) and Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) are presenting the Los Angeles premiere of the Broadway musical Allegiance, which had its 2012 world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and played on Broadway from 2015-16 at The Shubert Organization’s Longacre Theatre.

George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance will be co-produced by EWP and JACCC by special arrangement with Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA, with performances at JACCC’s Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles from February 21-April 1, 2018. Previews will run from February 21-25, with the Opening Night performance and reception on February 28.

With music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito, Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione, Allegiance is inspired by the true childhood experiences of TV/film actor and social media icon George Takei (Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek”). Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.

EWP Artistic Director Snehal Desai says, “It’s an incredible honor to partner with JACCC and the original producers of Allegiance on Broadway to bring it to Los Angeles. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced removal of Japanese Americans during World War II. In this politically charged climate, the story of Allegiance resonates with timeliness and urgency. We felt it was important to stage Allegiance in Little Tokyo, and we are thrilled to share this courageous story inspired by the Co-chair of EWP’s Council of Governors, George Takei.”

JACCC President & CEO Leslie A. Ito says, “JACCC is thrilled to partner on this production to bring this important story to the Aratani Theatre in the heart of Little Tokyo. As Japanese Americans, we need to continue to share our history during World War II and the violation of civil rights through mass incarceration so that as a country, we do not repeat these injustices. I can think of no better way to tell these human stories and share them with a wider public than through musical theatre.”

Producer Lorenzo Thione says, “The story of Allegiance has found new relevance in today’s political climate, and we are excited that East West Players and Japanese American Cultural & Community Center will breathe new life into it with this production, further fulfilling George’s mission of telling the story of the incarceration of Japanese Americans around the world. It’s particularly special for Allegiance to return to Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, where its first readings were held and where this story has its richest legacy. We look forward to this new production as one that will build on the Broadway production to bring Allegiance to smaller theaters, schools, and every place in the world where the need to remember this story is greater now than ever.”

East West Players (EWP), the nation’s longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, was founded in 1965, at a time when Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) faced limited or no opportunities to see their experiences reflected outside of stereotypical and demeaning caricatures in the American landscape. EWP not only ensures that API stories are told, but works to increase access, inclusion, and representation in the economy.

Founded in 1971, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center is one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the United States. A hub for Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture and a community gathering place for the diverse voices it inspires – JACCC connects traditional and contemporary; community participants and creative professionals; Southern California and the world beyond. JACCC also provides office space in its five-story complex to a wide variety of nonprofit cultural, educational, and community-based organizations in Los Angeles.

The original Broadway production of Allegiance opened on November 8, 2015 at the Longacre Theatre in New York City and was produced by Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA with Mark Mugiishi/Hawaii HUI, Hunter Arnold, Ken Davenport, Elliott Masie, Sandi Moran, Mabuhay Productions, Barbara Freitag/Eric & Marsi Gardiner, Valiant Ventures, Wendy Gillespie, David Hiatt Kraft, Norm & Diane Blumenthal, M. Bradley Calobrace, Karen Tanz, Gregory Rae/Mike Karns, in association with Jas Grewal, Peter Landin, and Ron Polson.

Ticketing information and casting will be announced soon. For more information, visit www.eastwestplayers.org and JACCC.org.

George Takei, Ann Harada, Thom Sesma, Orville Mendoza, Kelvin Moon Loh and More Set for CSC’s PACIFIC OVERTURES, April 6-May 27

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and More at the Closing Night Party of ALLEGIANCE

ALLEGIANCE Stars Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung and Katie Rose Clarke at the Performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble

Broadway’s ‘Allegiance’ starring George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung, ends run on February 14

Broadway’s ‘Allegiance’ to Record Cast Album on Dec. 7 

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and More celebrate opening night of ALLEGIANCE

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and more at the first preview of Broadway’s Allegiance; opens Nov. 8

Photos: Lunch with Tony Winner Lea Salonga and George Takei, Stars of ALLEGIANCE

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Stafford Arima Joins Theatre Calgary as Artistic Director in April

Stafford Arima. Photo by Lia Chang

Theatre Calgary’s Board of Directors have announced Stafford Arima as the new Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary. Mr. Arima will become the 12th Artistic Director in the theatre’s 49-year history on April 3, 2017.

Stafford Arima. Photo by Lia Chang
Stafford Arima. Photo by Lia Chang
Stafford Arima and Lea Salonga on the Longacre Theatre after a performance of ALLEGIANCE in New York on February 13, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Stafford Arima and Lea Salonga on the Longacre Theatre after a performance of ALLEGIANCE in New York on February 13, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Born and raised in Toronto, Arima has thrived in the New York theatre scene for nearly 20 years, and he became the first Asian Canadian to direct a musical on Broadway when Allegiance opened on November 8, 2015 at the Longacre Theatre, starring George Takei and Lea Salonga. He was also nominated for an Olivier Award for his direction of 2004’s West End premiere of the musical, Ragtime, and his production received eight nominations including Best Musical.

Some of his other directing credits include productions of Altar Boyz, Carrie (MCC Theater), The Secret Garden – In Concert (Lincoln Center), Two Class Acts (The Flea Theater), The Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout Theatre Company), Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris (Stratford Festival), Abyssinia (Goodspeed Musicals), A Tribute to Sondheim (Boston Pops), and Guys and Dolls (Paper Mill Playhouse). Arima has also shepherded new musical development at the Toronto Fringe Festival, New York Musical Theatre Festival, National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Stage and Film, and the SPF Festival. He is a graduate of York University, where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Creative Work. Arima also serves as Artistic Advisor for the Broadway Dreams Foundation, and is an Adjunct Professor at UC Davis.

“It is with great honour and immeasurable excitement that I begin this new adventure as artistic director at Theatre Calgary,” says Arima. “This journey to Calgary is a homecoming for me. After two decades based in New York City, my return to Canada gives me immense pride. I am eager to participate in Calgary’s fervent artistic spirit, and continue the tradition of bold storytelling and impactful theatre that moves, touches and inspires this city’s audiences. As Calgary knows, this theatre has achieved immense success under the former artistic leadership of Dennis Garnhum,” acknowl­edges Arima. “I am thrilled to oversee Interim Artistic Director Shari Wattling’s recently announced season marking our 50th Anniversary, and partner with the board of directors, and the entire staff and crew, to present these eclectic works to our audiences. I am anxious to begin the process of guiding the company through its next phase of growth. Our theatre will forever be a home that reflects the communities, the country, and the world we live in – a diverse, complex, stimulating world.”

Chadwick Newcombe, Chairman of the Board, is thrilled to welcome Arima. “Theatre Calgary has come a long way over the past half-century, and I am ecstatic that Stafford will be leading us into our next 50 years. The Board could not ask for a more qualified individual to provide artistic leadership, as Stafford’s vision, experience, expertise, charisma and dedication are, in a word, inspirational,” says Newcombe. “In hiring Stafford, the Board has reaffirmed that Theatre Calgary intends to stand amongst the best theatre companies in the world, while remaining committed to entertaining and inspiring Calgarians, as we reach out to welcome new audiences. I am sure that Calgary will quickly admire him as much as we do.”

Executive Director Colleen A. Smith echoes the excitement. “Theatre Calgary is indeed fortunate to welcome an artist of Stafford’s caliber. Our organization recently adopted a bold new strategic plan that envisioned our company creating work that is inclusive, innovative, and meaningful,” says Smith. “I couldn’t be more excited to lead Theatre Calgary towards this vision with Stafford and with the support of our incredible team and community. The Board has made an excellent and inspiring choice. The future is bright.”

Arima is currently directing the San Diego premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s play Red Velvet at The Old Globe.

ALLEGIANCE, Starring George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung, Is Back In Canadian Cinemas on February 19

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

ALLEGIANCE, Starring George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung, Is Back In Canadian Cinemas on February 19

Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy

After a hugely successful North-American premiere, Cineplex Events brings George Takei’s (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”) Broadway musical Allegiance back to Canadian theatres for an encore on Sunday, February 19 at 6:30p.m. local time. This date is the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, known as the Day of Remembrance, which marked the beginning of the forced relocation and internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets are now on sale for “George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical On The Big Screen” can be purchased online by visiting Cineplex.com/Events or at participating theatre box offices. A complete list of theatre locations will be available via the Cineplex Events website (theatres and participants are subject to change). For more information about Allegiance, and direct links to all participating theatres please visit www.AllegianceMusical.com/ movie.

“George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical On The Big Screen” will begin with an exclusive introduction from Takei and immediately move into the musical’s presentation. After the feature, audiences will also be treated to behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with George Takei and the rest of the cast and creative team.

Participating Theatres:
· Toronto – Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP
· Vancouver – The Park Theatre
· Halifax – Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane
· Ottawa – Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas
· Calgary – Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas

For showtimes visit Cineplex.com/Events

George Takei. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei. Photo by Lia Chang

“At a time when echoes of the interment ring once again far too loud in our political discourse, there’s never been a better moment for the story of Allegiance to find new audiences,” said star Takei. “It is a true testament to the power and the relevance of this story that so many people attended its premiere in December, and it is only appropriate that even more people will be able to witness it on such an important day as February 19, 2017. The Day of Remembrance is a day of commemoration, of reflection, and of learning, and I hope Allegiance can play an important role in its celebration, this year, and for many years to come.”

Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance illuminates one of American history’s lesser known chapters as it tells the story of Sam Kimura (Takei), transported back nearly six decades to when his younger self (Telly Leung, Intransit, Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Tony Award®-winner Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon, Mulan) fought to stay connected to their heritage, their family and themselves after Japanese Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II.  An important story told with great resonance and intimacy, Allegiance explores the ties that bind us, the struggle to persevere and the overwhelming power of forgiveness and, most especially, love.

Stafford Arima and Lorenzo Thione. Photo by Lia Chang
Stafford Arima and Lorenzo Thione. Photo by Lia Chang

“The response from the audience who attended the premiere has been overwhelming. While its Broadway run may have been cut short, the story of Allegiance truly speaks to audiences everywhere and we are honored that its legacy continues, through this encore with Fathom Events and beyond,” said Allegiance producer Lorenzo Thione. “Moreover, we are truly excited that the story, music and message of Allegiance will expand its reach to more people, cities, and even countries, continuing to move, educate and inspire, truly fulfilling George’s legacy.”

George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Kuo. Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima directed in his Broadway debut. Andrew Palermo served as choreographer.

The cast of 'Allegiance'. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The original Broadway cast comprised Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San, Salonga as Kei Kimura, Leung as Sammy Kimura,  Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka with Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Rumi Oyama, Catherine Ricafort, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe, Kevin Munhall, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Tony winner Scott Wise.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Allegiance had its world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012. It is produced by Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA.

Allegiance officially opened on Broadway November 8, 2015, following previews that began October 6 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. As of closing, the production played 37 previews and 113 regular performances.

Day of Remembrance: George Takei’s ALLEGIANCE Set for Encore Screening on February 19

After an unprecedented cinematic premiere resulting in the highest-grossing one-night Broadway musical event to date for Fathom Events, George Takei’s (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”) Broadway musical Allegiance returns to cinemas nationwide for an encore on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. local time. This date is the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, known as the Day of Remembrance, which marked the beginning of the forced relocation and internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.

Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung , Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung , Michael K. Lee and company. Photo by Matthew Murphy

“George Takei’s Allegiance: The Broadway Musical On The Big Screen” will begin with an exclusive introduction from Takei and immediately move into the musical’s presentation. After the feature, audiences will also be treated to behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and creators.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of ALLEGIANCE at their first preview curtain call at the Longacre Theatre in New York on October 6, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei. Photo by Lia Chang

“At a time when echoes of the interment ring once again far too loud in our political discourse, there’s never been a better moment for the story of Allegiance to find new audiences,” said star Takei. “It is a true testament to the power and the relevance of this story that so many people attended its premiere in December, and it is only appropriate that even more people will be able to witness it on such an important day as February 19, 2017. The Day of Remembrance is a day of commemoration, of reflection, and of learning, and I hope Allegiance can play an important role in its celebration, this year, and for many years to come.”

Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Katie Rose Clarke, George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung attend the ALLEGIANCE live performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance illuminates one of American history’s lesser known chapters as it tells the story of Sam Kimura (Takei), transported back nearly six decades to when his younger self (Telly Leung, Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Tony Award®-winner Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon, Mulan) fought to stay connected to their heritage, their family and themselves after Japanese Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II.  An important story told with great resonance and intimacy, Allegiance explores the ties that bind us, the struggle to persevere and the overwhelming power of forgiveness and, most especially, love.

Stafford Arima and Lorenzo Thione. Photo by Lia Chang
Stafford Arima and Lorenzo Thione. Photo by Lia Chang

“The response from the audience who attended the premiere has been overwhelming. While its Broadway run may have been cut short, the story of Allegiance truly speaks to audiences everywhere and we are honored that its legacy continues, through this encore with Fathom Events and beyond,”said Allegiance producer Lorenzo Thione. “Moreover, we are truly excited that the story, music and message of Allegiance will expand its reach to more people, cities, and even countries, continuing to move, educate and inspire, truly fulfilling George’s legacy.”

George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Allegiance has a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione with music and lyrics by Kuo. Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima directed in his Broadway debut. Andrew Palermo served as choreographer.

The cast of 'Allegiance'. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of ‘Allegiance’. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The original Broadway cast comprised Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San, Salonga as Kei Kimura, Leung as Sammy Kimura,  Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka with Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Rumi Oyama, Catherine Ricafort, Momoko Sugai, Sam Tanabe, Kevin Munhall, Elena Wang, Scott Watanabe and Tony winner Scott Wise.

The cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Allegiance had its world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012. It is produced by Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA.

Allegiance officially opened on Broadway November 8, 2015, following previews that began October 6 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. As of closing, the production played 37 previews and 113 regular performances.

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Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theatre box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theatre locations, visit the Fathom Events website. For up to date news on this screening visit allegiancemusical.com/movie

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.