Bamboo Scrim
Public Talk
Asian/Pacific Islander Caucus

The Bamboo Scrim

Asian/American Underrepresentation in Theater, TV and Film
May 24, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop Hosted season. This is an archived view.

Live Zoom Panel/Q&A on Asian/American experiences and underrepresentation in American theater, TV and film.

20/21 Hop Hosted

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Join a conversation with Raymond J. Lee and Sagan (Diane) Chen '14, as they discuss their work in the performing arts and their thoughts about the well-documented underrepresentation of Asian/Americans. Moderated by Dartmouth Professor Eng-Beng Lim (Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality), this free webinar is open to the general public as well as the Dartmouth community. After the prepared remarks, audience members will be invited to ask questions of the panelists.

[scrim, n., a theater curtain that, depending on lighting, makes those behind it visible or invisible to the audience]

In conjunction with this panel, the Theater and Music Departments are sponsoring a master class and small-group talk with Ray and Sagan for Dartmouth students. Please visit Dartmouth Dept of Theater to learn more.


Raymond J. Lee  
Broadway, TV/film, voiceover actor

Sagan (Diane) Chen '14  
actor, director, filmmaker

Moderated by

Professor Eng-Beng Lim  
director, Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality

Presented by Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus of Dartmouth (APIC) in association with Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity at Dartmouth ( IDE)
Part of Dartmouth's Asian American Pacific American Heritage Month (AAPIHM) celebrations.


RAYMOND J. LEE was most recently in the company of Mack & Mabel at City Center Encores! and Soft Power at The Public Theater.  His other Broadway credits include Aladdin, Groundhog Day, Honeymoon in Vegas, Anything Goes, and Mamma Mia! Film/TV credits include Marriage Story, Ghost Town, "Succession," "Billions," "Red Oaks," and "Smash." Voiceover credits include projects for Dreamworks, Netflix, Nickelodeon, and Penguin Random House. He is a proud graduate of Northwestern University. Follow @raymondjlee and visit

SAGAN (DIANE) CHEN '14 (they/them) is an award-winning actor, director, filmmaker, and theatre artist. As a queer nonbinary chinese-american artist they center their work on uplifting underrepresented voices onstage, onscreen, and on the page. Onstage: Two Mile Hollow (Yale), Six Years Old, Stone, and delicacy of a puffin heart (Corkscrew Theater Festival), Something for the Fish (CPR), Exposed Bone (The PIT Loft). Onscreen: High Maintenance S3 (HBO), Here We Wait and Sideways Smile, a series about an Asian-American woman in her comedic journey to discover her sexuality, and is a recipient of the Made in NY Women's Fund for Film, Television, and Theatre. Directing: Dartmouth College, Samuel French OOB Festival, Frigid Festival, Corkscrew Festival, Women in Theatre Festival. Narrator of Ana On The Edge. They enjoy reading new scripts for various reading committees, and strive for their artistry to reflect an awareness of social responsibility and intersectionality of representation. Education: Dartmouth College, LAMDA, BLCU. IG: @dianechen51.

ENG-BENG LIM, Ph.D., is the founding Director of Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality (RMS) at Dartmouth, an Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the author of the national-award-winning book Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performance in the Asias (NYU, 2014).  His fields of study are performance and cultural studies, Asian/American studies, postcolonial/diaspora studies, and queer/transnational studies. He is currently working on a book project about megastructure and performance, and another on the visual cultures of "ethnocuties." He is part of the Social Text editorial collective.

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