Performing Arts

Cultural & Performing Arts

ABA is committed to fostering a greater understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity through the arts. Performing arts often are the strongest - and easiest to comprehend - expressions of cultural valuesand beliefs.

Performing Arts

Asian American Repertory Theater
Asian American Repertory Theatre is a professional, non-profit performing arts organization now celebrating its 10-year anniversary. It is San Diego's premier contemporary Asian American theatre company that focuses on plays by Asian American authors, but its history includes dance, performance art, and works by Sam Shepard, Harold Pinter, Christopher Durang, Terrence McNally, and David Mamet. AART welcomes submissions from actors of all ages, ethnicities and skill levels. Contact Information: Phone: (888) 568 2278, E-mail:

Asian Story Theatre
Asian Story Theatre produces original plays based on stories or themes from Asia and the Pacific. Shows are staged in professional theaters with professional adult performers, typically incorporating traditional performing arts with live music as well as dance, puppetry, and martial arts. Most shows have been presented at the Lyceum Theatres downtown in Horton Plaza. Asian Story Theater has also toured full scale productions to the Palace of Fine Arts in San Frandisco, and to the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles. Contact Information: Phone: (619) 527-2816, Email:

Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company
Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company is a professional theater company dedicated to broadening the scope of San Diego's cultural environment. A recipient of the Patte, McDonald Playwriting, and Anti-Discrimination Awards, its mission is to create new works based on research within various communities, produce lesser known works by master and contemporary playwrights, and educate youth. Mo'olelo is committed to offering local actors equity wages and greening the theater industry. Contact information: (619) 342-7395

Museum of Man
The San Diego Museum of Man’s first new exhibition - People, Prints, & Politics: China 1920-1980, Woodblock Prints of Xian Rang Yong - opened to the public on March 29. 2008. This exhibition features the work of the distinguished Chinese artist and scholar Xian Rang Yong from Shandong Province. Professor Yong implements the Chinese art of woodblock printing to create compelling portraits, landscapes, depictions of cultural activities, and political posters. His versatile style and broad aesthetic will inspire Museum visitors and provide them with cultural perspective on China, the host country of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The exhibition precedes the Chinese folk art exhibition planned for 2010. For more information on this and other exhibits, click here. 

Contact Information:  (619) 239-2001, Email:

Pacific Arts Movement
Pacific Arts Movement presents Pan Asian media arts to San Diego residents and visitors in order to inspire, entertain and support a more compassionate society. The organization's premiere event is its annual film festival in October, serving more than 15,000 patrons. Along with films, PacArts also offers education programs including a high school documentary training internship called "Reel Voices." Since 2000, the SDAFF has premiered more than 700 films from around the world, served 75,000 patrons and has broadcast its events online to viewers in 130 countries.

Contact Information:  619-400-5911, Email:

San Diego Performing Arts League
The San Diego Performing Arts League provides services for its member organizations, gathered from the county's vibrant music, dance and theatre arts community. The League works to increase the exposure of San Diego's diverse performing arts companies. Its most well known programs include ARTS TIX, the service offering tickets to performing arts events around San Diego (many at half-price), both online and from its locations at Horton Plaza and San Diego North Convention and Visitor's Bureau; the bi-monthly What's Playing on Stage in San Diego guide, featuring a comprehensive list of the performing arts; and the STAR Awards, the annual gala honoring volunteers in the local performing arts community.