Why did I become an artist? To share stories with other human beings about other human beings.
From a young age I was confused why I didn't see people who looked like me onstage. I would think to myself, "But I can tell that story! Why is it all one race (primarily white)?"
It is clear to me now more than ever that I cannot be passive in my art. I must take an assertive stance to represent my Asian/Filipina self and one way I can do that is to support organizations who are championing for various minorities to express their stories.
ArtsWest is a special place for me. After moving back to Seattle in 2014, I was cast in the 2015 production of Really Really (written by Paul Downs Colaizzo, directed by Makaela Pollack). This was my first big show back and I was honored to be playing a role that a woman of my type would not normally be considered for. I am incredibly grateful to Makaela and the ArtsWest family for embracing me and my uniqueness and for trusting me to help tell that story.
So, this is where y'all come in:
Help ArtsWest tell all sorts of stories this season. They just closed The Who & The What, written by Ayad Akhtar. 5 more plays are coming this season and they are rich with diverse, engaging, important, and relevant stories, especially now in our current political, social, and cultural climate.
Help us #TellTheStory. We are telling your story, your neighbor's story, your community's story. Take ownership of that. If you can give a $1, you're helping. If you share this campaign, you're helping. Anything you can give, whether is it money or time, is a big help to the ArtsWest family.
Thank you in advance and we'll see you at the ArtsWest Playhouse!
CR Impact Points
Click the VOTE button to give Annelih 100 CrowdRise Impact Points (CIPs). Vote for the Volunteers and Fundraisers that are answering the call to service, raising money for charity, and making an impact for their causes. Come back and Vote every months. CIPs can earn you the highly coveted, highly respected CrowdRise Royalty Status.
CR Impact Points
If you're seeing the grey VOTE button, you should feel great about yourself. It means you already voted for Annelih this month. Come back next month and vote again if you still love Annelih. Thanks to your vote, Annelih earned 100 CrowdRise Impact Points (CIPs). CIPs can earn you the highly coveted, highly respected CrowdRise Royalty Status.