East West Players (EWP) is a theater company based in Los Angeles, California, that focuses on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) stories and perspectives. EWP was founded in 1965 and is the oldest Asian American theater organization in the United States.
The company produces a wide range of plays and musicals, including new works by Asian American playwrights, as well as productions of classic and contemporary plays that explore Asian American experiences. The company also offers a range of educational programs, including workshops, master classes, and residencies for students and emerging artists.
The company's mission is to provide a voice for the Asian Pacific American community through the medium of theater. EWP aims to produce artistic works that give a deeper understanding and appreciation of Asian Pacific Americans and their cultural heritage, and to provide training and opportunities for Asian Pacific American artists, technicians, and managers.
East West Players has received numerous awards and recognition, the company has received over 240 awards for artistic excellence, and is a two-time recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award.