Interdisciplinary dance works giving artistic voice to Asian Americans

“Within These Walls” re-staged 2/23 – 2/26/23 at Zellerbach Playhouse!



by Lenora Lee Dance

Re-staged with UC Berkeley Students for Berkeley Dance Project 2023

Presented by the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS)

February 23–26 at Zellerbach Playhouse


Conceived, Produced & Directed by Lenora Lee

Choreographed by Lenora Lee in collaboration with
The Lenora Lee Dance Cast (2017/ 2019) and The Berkeley Dance Project Cast (2022/2023)

Stage Manager Keanu Marquez 

Production Coordinator SanSan Kwan

Costume Designer Wendy Sparks

Lighting Designer Ray Oppenheimer

Scenic Designer Peet Cocke

Projection Designer Olivia Ting

Original Score Francis Wong & Tatsu Aoki
with Kioto Aoki, JoVia Armstrong, Rami Atassi, Mwata Bowden, Jonathan Chen, Suwan Choi, Deszon X. Claiborne, Coco Elysses, Jason Kao Hwang, Michael Jamanis, Jamie Kempkers, Chad Taylor, Edward Wilkerson Jr, and Michael Zerang

Poetry & Text Genny Lim & Wong Gung Jue

Voiceovers Lynn Huang, Hien Huynh, Johnny Huy Nguyen, Shannon Preto

Berkeley Dance Project Cast

Cristopher Avila (Law Oy Hup), Kimberly Fong (Lang Jing), Jingwen “Caitlin” Han (Ling Ha), Teo Lin-Bianco (Wong Gung Jue), Emma Lowe (Hieu Yieu), Noah Ryang (Yieu Yun), Jiho Seo (Huey Hung Gay), Eika Tokunaga (Lei Wai), Erin Yoon (Lee Ping To), Victoria Amador (Missionary Gwan), Verena Lee (Interpreter Chan), Gilberto Martinez Martinez (Inspector Bennington), Liam Quinn (Dr. John Williams), Tatianna Steiner (Interpreter Wong)

2019 Cast (Lenora Lee Dance)

George Cheng, Derek Harris, Yi-Ting (Gama) Hsu, Lynn Huang, Hien Huynh, Carl Irons, SanSan Kwan, Wei-Shan Lai, Chloe Luo, Johnny Nguyen, Dalmacio Payomo, Alley Wilde

with contributions from Original 2017 cast members Yao Dang. Timothy Huey, Eric Koziol, Wayne Tai Lee, Kevin Lo, Shannon Preto, Stacey Yuen


Rehearsal Assistants Lynn Huang, SanSan Kwan, Johnny Huy Nguyen, Lucy Tafler

Dramaturg Crystal Song

Assistant Stage Manager & Production Coordinator Hazel Horton

Assistant Scenic Designer & Calligrapher Shin Yang

Assistant Costume Designers Ace Chen, Abhiraj Muhar

Light Board Operators Audrey Lee-Gardner, Riley Richardson

Sound Technician Emily Fassler

Sound & Video Board Operators Gibran Mustafa, Amelia Patterson, Nick Reulbach

Deck Crew Sohel Bagai, Callista Crabtree, Eugeniu Cuznetov, Kimi Galang Villegas

Wardrobe Crew Hannah Barukh, Jasmine Cevallos, Leonora Sanchez

Scenic Work-Study Assistant Lev Collins 

Costume Work-Study Assistants Amanda Hayami, Jennifer Hernandez, Cara Maccianti, Autumn Peak, Tessa Schaap, Tiffany Stratton

Electrics Installation & Focus Students of Theater 175B

Camera Operator & Editor Ben Estabrook

Second Camera Operator Joel Wanek

Photographer Robbie Sweeny

Front of House & Box Office Staff Provided by Cal Performances

TDPS Staff & Faculty Advisors

Production Manager Jamila Cobham

Assistant Production Manager Emily Fassler

Technical Director Joshua Frachiseur

Scene Shop Supervisor Timothy Kopra

Scenic Artist Zoë Gopnik-McManus

Properties Director & Carpenter Peet Cocke

Theater Supervisor Eugene Palmer

Costume Director Wendy Sparks

Head Costumer Jane Boggess

Assistant Costumer & Costume Curator Miyuki Bierlein

Lighting Design Advisor Ray Oppenheimer

Scenic & Costume Design Advisor Annie Smart

Stage Management Advisor Laxmi Kumaran

Administrative Staff Myriam Cotton, Ben Dillon,  Jean-Paul Gressieux, Megan Lowe, Michael Mansfield, Avy Valladares


This production of Within These Walls was presented as part of


Sponsored by the Berkeley Arts + Design Initiative and Future Histories Lab


Creation of the original Within These Walls was supported in part by Asian Improv aRts, Asian Improv aRts Midwest, API Cultural Center, Chinese Historical Society of America, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Angel Island Company, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Dance Mission Theater, and generous individuals.




Conversations with creative collaborators and dancers of the next generation by Lenora Lee Dance in association with Lenora Lee Productions, Asian Improv aRts, Innocent Eyes and Lenses Films, Asian Improv aRts Midwest, powered by Asian Improv Nation Directed by Lenora Lee & Francis Wong. Edited by Joel Wanek. CLICK HERE to see the documentary 


WITHIN THESE WALLS experimental dance film

directed by Tatsu Aoki screenings begin Spring 2023. CLICK HERE to see the film trailer 

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