Aurora Theatre welcomes

East by SouthEast Festival

Aug 19, 2018

East by Southeast is a festival of theater, dance, music, and conversation. This passion project for Atlanta-based artists, Pam Joyce, Michelle Pokopac, and Amee Vyas will encourage the Atlanta arts community to expand their ideas of diversity and explore what it means to be Asian-American artists and citizens. To further the concept that Asian-American stories are American stories — just told in different colors.

The festival will culminate at Aurora Theatre on August 19 with an afternoon and evening session of events planned. 


Schedule of Events:

  • Staged Reading: Rising Voices, a short play based on stories of Asian American women in Atlanta.
  • Musical Performance: Jennifer Chung, a singer-songwriter with over 9,000 YouTube followers.
  • Spoken Word: Poet Kavi Vu
  • Group Discussion

Schedule Subject to change

Admission Free
Sunday, August 19 at 2:30pm
Reservations Recommended

Though admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated and needed.



Schedule of Events:
Atlanta Orchestra of Chinese Music, performs selections of Chinese Folk Music
Eve Hao and Company, performs traditional dances of China and Taiwan
Group Discussion

Tickets $10
Sunday, August 19 at 7pm

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Pam Joyce is an Atlanta-based theatre director and educator with a passion for developing new work. As a collaborator, she thrives with artistic teams that explore process as well as product. She was the founding Artistic Director of Fly-By Theatre, a physically based theatre company in Atlanta. Past productions include When We Were Young and Unafraid, Water by the Spoonful, Big Love, A World of Silents, Old Times, The Workroom, and Wedding on the Eiffel Tower. Pam was a participant in Toronto’s Director’s Lab North in 2017 and is an Associate Member of SDC.

Michelle Pokopac is passionate about building an inclusive community and creating opportunities that support Asian Artists in Atlanta. Michelle is a local actor of Korean descent, active in both theatre and film. Recent credits include Sense and Sensibility (Synchronicity Theatre), James and the Giant Peach, On the Verge (Georgia Ensemble), Alice Between, Slur, Play the Play with Cat the Cat (Alliance Theatre), Girls Life, Water by the Spoonful (Pinch ‘N’ Ouch), The Joy Luck Club (7 Stages), A Thousand Cranes, Señor Tortuga (Lexington Children’s Theatre). You can see her soon in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at Pinch ‘N’ Ouch and Little Raindrop Songs at the Alliance. BFA Acting from Columbus State University. Represented by Houghton Talent. @pokopac

Amee Vyas is a veteran Atlanta-based actor, having honer her skills with over a decade playing Shakespeare’s great female (and some male) roles as a former ensemble member of Atlanta’s only year-round classical repertory, the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. She is also one of the first Equity actors in Atlanta of Indian descent, giving her a unique knowledge of the ethnic representation and opportunities in Atlanta professional theater. Amy has been seen on stage with Essential Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, and Theatre Emory among others. She has also been seen on television in several recent commercials, TBS’s The Detour, and BET’s Being Mary Jane.