Token Theatre
The mission of Token Theatre is to assert the presence and significance of Asian American artists as vital to the fabric of American theatre.

Who We Are

 
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DAVID RHEE

Artistic Director

David began his career as an actor after graduating from New York’s Circle in the Square Musical Theatre program. Since then he appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning Thoroughly Modern Millie, worked at numerous theatres across America including Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Silk Road Rising, et el., and starred on televison’s Law and Order. David returned to school to earn his MFA at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in Dramatic Writing on full scholarship where he worked with Oskar Eustis at the Public Theater, Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks, Lucas Hnath, Eduardo Machado, and Kristoffer Diaz. David has also been a guest lecturer at Northwestern University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 
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ERIK KAIKO

Managing Director

Erik is extremely grateful to work with Token Theatre to provide opportunities for Asian American artists in Chicago. Currently the Marketing Manager at Writers Theatre in Glencoe, he previously served as the Marketing Associate at New York Theatre Workshop where he was involved in a number of exciting productions including the world premiere of folk opera Hadestown, Ivo van Hove’s production of Lazarus by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, and Othello directed by Sam Gold, featuring David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig. After studying Theatre and Sociology at Northwestern University, he was an active member of the Chicago theatre community (performing with Marriott Lincolnshire, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Porchlight Music Theatre and Silk Road Rising, among others) before moving to New York to earn his MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University. Erik has been a guest lecturer at Hunter College, and acted as Company Manager for Snug Harbor Productions and General Manager of Invisible Wall Productions in NYC.

 
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STEPHENIE PARK

Founding Board Member

Stephenie is honored to play a part in Token Theatre’s genesis. As an actor, her theatre credits include King of the Yees (Goodman Theatre, Kirk Douglas Theatre), The White Snake (Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe), The Wheel (Steppenwolf), A Work of Art (Chicago Dramatists) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drury Lane Oakbrook), and her TV credits include Chicago Med, Chicago Fire (NBC), Patriot (Amazon), Boss (Starz) and Empire (Fox). She holds degrees from the Wharton School and Harvard Law, and in addition to being an actor, she is an attorney, consultant, and mother of two children.

 
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HELEN YOUNG

Founding Board Member

Helen is excited to be a part of and watch Token Theatre grow into an institution that provides amazing opportunities for Asian American artists in Chicago. Helen is an actor and director. Recent works include workshop readings of the one-woman show from SoloChicago's Hello Kitty Must Die (actor), Silk Road Rising's New China Festival play reading series (lead director), Sue Pak's The Fixer (director) for Our Perspectives and Chicago Dramatist play reading series. Other directing and related credits include: Wild Boar (Dir., Silk Road Rising), American Hwangap (Dir., A-Squared/Halcyon), The Audience (Assoc. Dir., TimeLine), Hundred Flowers Project (Asst. Dir., Silk Road Rising) along with readings at Silk Road Rising, TimeLine, Artistic Home, Artemesia, Broken Nose, Polarity Ensemble. As an actor, Helen has worked with SideShow, TimeLine, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Polarity Ensemble, Muse of Fire, Side Project, Stage Left. Helen has also worked in Film and Television and is a member of SAG/AFTRA.

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES

Cheryl Hamada

Steve Scott