The story goes: Two actors new to Denver meet in the production of The Joy Luck Club at The Vintage Theatre. After a glass (or two) of wine, one asks, “Why isn’t there an Asian American theatre company?” The other responds, “I don’t know, but do you want to start one?” Then like all great wine induced ideas, a wonderful venture was born.
Theatre Esprit Asia - TEA is the Southwest's first and only Asian American theatre company. Founded in 2012 by Maria Cheng and Tria Xiong, TEA is committed to creating social change for a more just and empathetic world through powerful and dramatic exploration of issues of the contemporary human condition. It has produced to critical acclaim 13 productions, all world or regional premieres.
TEA has received accolades from major publications and critics and garnered 20 awards from the Colorado theatre community including Best Production and Peoples' Choice for its original Coming to America at the 2016 Colorado American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) Festival. TEA performed at the National AACT Festival in June 2017 and will be performing at the International Festival in June of 2018.
TEA's mission is three-fold:
A. Give voice to the Asia Western diasporic experience.
B. Provide professional creative opportunities to Asian American theatre artists- actors, playwrights and directors.
C. Promote deeper understanding amongst and between Asian sectors and the culture at large.