Artist in Residency for the Summer of 2023 at El Barrio's Artspace PS109
EL BARRIO'S ARTSPACE PS109
Joonie Jang (Hannah)
Inmi Song Thomas
Produced and directed by
A Discussion moderated by
Production artwork designed by
Inmi Song Thomas
Kwang Min Lee
Youlim Nam (Hana, Playwright, Producer, Director) is a Brooklyn-based actor, and playwright hailing from Seoul, Korea. She's been in multiple off-off Broadway productions such as 12 Angry Women. Recently, she showcased her full-length play, a connected place, through a staged reading directed by the Emmy-winning actress Cady McClain at the Dramatists Guild in NYC, in which she also played the lead role. Her numerous short plays: 28+2, A Watch, Just B'day Dinner in NYC, etc. have been produced on off-off-Broadway. You can also find her in award-winning indie films such as Mingle. Before her NYC journey, she performed in Korean productions in Seoul's theater sector, Dahak-ro. Awards include 'Best Monologue' at Actors Awards, LA, the City Artist Corps Grant, and Ma Yi Theater Micro-Grant. She's a member of the Dramatists Guild and Axial Theatre. Training: HB Studio, and Stella Adler Studio of Acting.
Joonie Jang (Hannah Park) is a set designer and production designer based in NYC whose recent clients include Adidas, The Cut, Office Magazine, Document Journal and Beats by Dre. She grew up in Queens, where she was born, and on Long Island. She relishes the opportunity here to connect with her own Korean-American experience. This project will mark her acting debut.
Brian Yeun (David, Production Assistant) is a Korean-American actor hailing from Michigan. He has trained at the Aquila Studio in Los Angeles and from the Stella Adler Studio’s Evening Conservatory in New York graduating in June of 2023. A former restaurant owner for ten years in Los Angeles and business major, Brian is new to the arts.
Inmi Song Thomas (Halmuni, Dance Director) is a professional musical actress with an extensive international career. She has performed in numerous musicals such as The Lion King, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, Crazy For You, Contact, and West Side Story. Now based in New York City, she has worked as a singer, vocal instructor, actress, dancer, and choreographer in USA, Japan, and Korea. Inmi is a vocal faculty of Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts, also a translator and interpreter of Korean and Japanese at Broadway Dance Center, Lincoln Center, and Brooklyn Academy of Music. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and New York City Center, and so on.
Jun Kim (Appa)'s acting career started in Korea over 20 years ago. He has appeared in numerous films and tv shows both in Korea and the United States. While studying for his Masters in Classical Acting at LAMDA, he discovered his love for Shakespeare and the theater. He now resides in New York City to pursue more theater opportunities.
Wonhee Kim (Umma) is a South Korean native and New York-based actress and dancer, has dedicated her life to acting. Eight years ago, she relocated to the United States to enhance her artistic abilities. She holds an MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School and a BA in theater from the University of Toledo. Alongside her acting career, Wonhee spent a decade as a dancer at OMD company in Korea, performing in numerous dance shows. Recently, she produced and starred in her first short film, 6 o'clock, with her colleague, poised to leave a lasting impact. The name Wonhee, meaning "Wonder Woman," symbolizes her unwavering dedication to each project. With a burning passion to refine her skills and showcase her talents on both Korean and American stages and screens, Wonhee is eagerly embarking on her next artistic journey. Cheers!
Sophy Drouin (Fiona) is a Canadian artist based in Brooklyn. She is currently in the production process of a play and short film, both of which she wrote and will be directing. She also writes essays and short fiction, and is forthcoming in the tenth issue of 86 Logic literary magazine.
Flynn Jungbin Byun (Quinn) is a South Korean actor/singer/dancer/music director currently based in Manhattan. Flynn is a recent graduate from AMDA, and her favorite previous theatre credits includes: Miss Saigon (Mimi), Chicago (Velma), Les Miserables (Eponine), Ellipses (Ing). She is also participating in several 54below concerts (54below sings Galavant, 54below sings Regina Spektor, etc.), both as singer and music director. Flynn is actively expanding her talents as an AAPI actress to make her dream come true. Check out her journey @flynn_is_fly.n
Tom Ryan (Stage Direction) has enjoyed roles on stage and in film since 2015, beginning in Seattle, then in New York in 2019. He just completed a two-year conservatory program at Michael Howard Studios. In November 2022, he lead the cast of Never the Sinner, produced by Axial Theatre, which is where he and Youlim met and struck up an acquaintance.
Pamela Rivera (The girl/dancer) is an upcoming Junior college student obtaining a degree in Digital Marketing. Outside of her education, she has a strong passion for the arts, specifically singing and dancing. Pamela has also pursued acting, with a hint of musical theater, and has performed at the Greek
Cultural Center. Pamela likes to challenge herself, in order to grow more knowledgeable about
the world of the Arts, in hopes of one day pursuing a career within it. This passion and drive have
led Pamela to perform at Carnegie Hall with the Sheppard Academy of Vocal Arts singers.
Jazz (The girl/dancer) is a 21-year-old pursuing her life passion for music. She is currently majoring in Music Recording Technology to further her knowledge and skills in the field of music. Dancing is another love of hers, and being part of this opportunity has been wonderful!
Ka-shya (The girl/dancer) is a 21-year-old dance cover group performer. While she is currently studying graphic design in school, dancing is her passion and hobby. Being part of this group and dancing with everyone has been an incredible and fulfilling experience for her!
Hyojin Park (YL Entertainment Voice Mail) is an actor and writer based in Seoul and New York City. www.iamhyojinpark.com
Nathan Flower (Moderator) is the Founding Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Moving Company(HVMCo) – a physical performance collective. He is the Head of Movement Training at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio. He is an Associate Arts Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he is currently the Director of the Training Program for the MSNR (Meisner) Studio at Tisch Drama. He previously served Tisch Drama for over three years as Department Associate Chair and has been Director of the Tisch Future Theater Artists Program for over five years. Upcoming projects: Director for a staged reading of Craig Lucas' Ode to Joy for Axial Theatre Co., Director for three short plays at the Aery 20/20 Festival (Depot Theater, Garrison) by playwrights Tara Meddaugh and Jill Maynard, HVMCo. returns for it’s Maximum Occupancy performance installations at Industry City in Brooklyn this July & August.
er Collaborative Theater, Axial Theater Co., Aery 20/20 Festival & Ariane Festival @ Depot Theater.
Kwang Min Lee (Videographer/Photographer) is a Korean American actor and filmmaker in NYC whose immigrant and veteran experiences inspire resonant storytelling. His debut film TRICYCLE won critical acclaim and the National Board of Review Student Grant. Kwang Min’s authentic work draws on personal experiences and understanding of the human condition, with a strong desire to make a significant impact in the film industry.
Nicole Lehrman (Photographer) is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and photographer. www.nicole.media
Youlim extends her heartfelt thanks to Bryan Turley, Sophia Treanor, Steph McIsaac, Janina Butz, Companion Cafe, and Grant Schumacher, as well as the entire team. Their belief in her work has been instrumental in making her creative vision come to life, and she is truly grateful for their commitment and enthusiasm.
*a look inside of rehearsal process
©Kwang Min Lee
El Barrio's Artspace PS109 is a nonprofit arts organization specializing in creating, owning, and operating affordable spaces for artists and creative businesses. These spaces include live/work apartments for artists and their families, working artist studios, arts centers, commercial space for arts-friendly businesses, and other projects. Our mission is to create, foster, and preserve affordable and sustainable space for artists and arts organizations.