KEVIN SHEN Actor

ABOUT KEVIN

  • Vision for Self

    To become a successful and visible mainstream actor that provides positive representation for Asian-Americans onscreen – normalizing Asian-American characters, fighting stereotypes, and encouraging future generations of Asian-American talent.

  • Background

     

    ❉ Ethnicity: Asian-American

    ❉ County of Heritage: China, Taiwan, USA

    ❉ Language(s): English, Mandarin, and a dabbling in various others

    ❉ Gender: Male

    ❉ Years of Work Experience: Six as an actor, about four more in the corporate world

    ❉ Other: Worked in technology consulting and start-up strategy/analytics following a degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA prior to becoming an actor.

     

  • Kevin in Three Words

    ❉ Go for it.

  • Top Accomplishments

    ❉ Producing and starring in the European Premiere of YELLOW FACE by David Henry Hwang and its subsequent transfer to the National Theatre in London. This helped renew the visibility of David Henry Hwang’s work in London, telling stories and highlighting themes and issues that have been missing from the British theatre landscape and providing more opportunities for East Asian actors in the UK.

    ❉ Starring in SNOW IN MIDSUMMER by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, the first all East Asian cast ever at the Royal Shakespeare Company. It is rare for Americans to act with the RSC, and there have been very few, if any, Asian-Americans on stage there, so I was proud to be able to represent this slice of the East Asian demographic on that global platform.  Getting there was also due in part to the activism I’ve taken part in fighting for East Asian representation in the London theatre scene.

    ❉ Attending Stanford (BS, MA) and Wharton (MBA).  While I attended business school very young (graduating at 25), I’m proud that I was able to achieve some relative success in the corporate world to do so, despite eventually switching into a less traditional post-MBA sector.

     

  • Top Three Areas of Expertise

    ❉ Acting

    ❉ Theatre Producing

    ❉ Getting into Business School (GMAT and Admissions)

  • Career Advice to Younger Self

    ❉ Try to spend less time doing things that make you miserable, especially since you’re generally a very happy person.

     

     

  • Current Role/Company and Impact on Development

    ❉ Company: Special Relationship Productions

    ❉ Role: Co-Founder, Co-Producer

    ❉ Industry(ies): Theatre / Performing Arts

    ❉ Minority owned business/organization:  Yes

    ❉ Women owned business/organization: Yes

     

  • Top Allies Who have Supported My Development and Success

    ❉ Individuals:

    My mom (May Shen); my co-producer (Lucy Fenton); many friends and peers; my agent (Morwenna Preston); David Henry Hwang

    ❉ Academic Institutions:

    Stanford University

    The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania

    ❉ Non-Profit Organizations:

    Fractured Atlas (www.fracturedatlas.org) was a fiscal sponsor that was pretty integral to our production of YELLOW FACE.  The Royal Shakespeare Company does a lot to support its artists’ development (www.rsc.org.uk) that I very much appreciated when I was there.

  • Opportunities Currently Seeking (highlight areas where iD community may be able to help!)

    ☑︎ Building Current Business (connecting with individual and organizational stakeholders who would likely have an interest in being engaged)

    ☑︎ General Networking/Relationship Building

    ☑︎ Employment

    ◻︎ For-Profit Board

    ☑︎ Non-Profit Board

    ☑︎ General Professional Development

    ☑︎ Be Coached

    ☑︎ Coach Others

    ☑︎ Speaking Opportunities

    ◻︎ Other (Please describe):

  • Song That Inspires Me Most

    ❉  I’m pretty inspired by the HAMILTON soundtrack right now, due to the fact that it is a self-made opportunity in the performing arts world borne from the proactivity, creativity, and ambition of one man (Lin-Manuel Miranda), while also telling not a dissimilar story of another.  (Listen on Spotify)

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KEVIN SHEN Actor
KEVIN SHEN Actor
Copyright 2017 Inspiring Diversity, LLC | info@inspiringdiversity.com
KEVIN SHEN Actor
KEVIN SHEN Actor

ABOUT KEVIN

Copyright 2017 Inspiring Diversity, LLC info@inspiringdiversity.com
KEVIN SHEN Actor

ABOUT KEVIN

  • Vision for Self

    To become a successful and visible mainstream actor that provides positive representation for Asian-Americans onscreen – normalizing Asian-American characters, fighting stereotypes, and encouraging future generations of Asian-American talent.

  • Background

     

    ❉ Ethnicity: Asian-American

    ❉ County of Heritage: China, Taiwan, USA

    ❉ Language(s): English, Mandarin, and a dabbling in various others

    ❉ Gender: Male

    ❉ Years of Work Experience: Six as an actor, about four more in the corporate world

    ❉ Other: Worked in technology consulting and start-up strategy/analytics following a degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA prior to becoming an actor.

     

  • Kevin in Three Words

    ❉ Go for it.

  • Top Accomplishments

    ❉ Producing and starring in the European Premiere of YELLOW FACE by David Henry Hwang and its subsequent transfer to the National Theatre in London. This helped renew the visibility of David Henry Hwang’s work in London, telling stories and highlighting themes and issues that have been missing from the British theatre landscape and providing more opportunities for East Asian actors in the UK.

    ❉ Starring in SNOW IN MIDSUMMER by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, the first all East Asian cast ever at the Royal Shakespeare Company. It is rare for Americans to act with the RSC, and there have been very few, if any, Asian-Americans on stage there, so I was proud to be able to represent this slice of the East Asian demographic on that global platform.  Getting there was also due in part to the activism I’ve taken part in fighting for East Asian representation in the London theatre scene.

    ❉ Attending Stanford (BS, MA) and Wharton (MBA).  While I attended business school very young (graduating at 25), I’m proud that I was able to achieve some relative success in the corporate world to do so, despite eventually switching into a less traditional post-MBA sector.

     

  • Top Areas of Expertise

    ❉ Acting

    ❉ Theatre Producing

    ❉ Getting into Business School (GMAT and Admissions)

  • Career Advice to Younger Self

    ❉ Try to spend less time doing things that make you miserable, especially since you’re generally a very happy person.

     

     

  • Current Role/Company and Impact on Development

    ❉ Company: Special Relationship Productions

    ❉ Role: Co-Founder, Co-Producer

    ❉ Industry(ies): Theatre / Performing Arts

    ❉ Minority owned business/organization:  Yes

    ❉ Women owned business/organization: Yes

     

  • Top Allies Who have Supported My Development and Success

    ❉ Individuals:

    My mom (May Shen); my co-producer (Lucy Fenton); many friends and peers; my agent (Morwenna Preston); David Henry Hwang

    ❉ Academic Institutions:

    Stanford University

    The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania

    ❉ Non-Profit Organizations:

    Fractured Atlas (www.fracturedatlas.org) was a fiscal sponsor that was pretty integral to our production of YELLOW FACE.  The Royal Shakespeare Company does a lot to support its artists’ development (www.rsc.org.uk) that I very much appreciated when I was there.

  • Opportunities Currently Seeking (highlight areas where iD community may be able to help!)

    ☑︎ Building Current Business (connecting with individual and organizational stakeholders who would likely have an interest in being engaged)

    ☑︎ General Networking/Relationship Building

    ☑︎ Employment

    ◻︎ For-Profit Board

    ☑︎ Non-Profit Board

    ☑︎ General Professional Development

    ☑︎ Be Coached

    ☑︎ Coach Others

    ☑︎ Speaking Opportunities

    ◻︎ Other (Please describe):

  • Song That Inspires Me Most

    ❉  I’m pretty inspired by the HAMILTON soundtrack right now, due to the fact that it is a self-made opportunity in the performing arts world borne from the proactivity, creativity, and ambition of one man (Lin-Manuel Miranda), while also telling not a dissimilar story of another.  (Listen on Spotify)

Copyright 2017 Inspiring Diversity, LLC info@inspiringdiversity.com
KEVIN SHEN Actor
Copyright 2017 Inspiring Diversity, LLC info@inspiringdiversity.com
KEVIN SHEN Actor
ABOUT KEVIN
  • Vision for Self

    To become a successful and visible mainstream actor that provides positive representation for Asian-Americans onscreen – normalizing Asian-American characters, fighting stereotypes, and encouraging future generations of Asian-American talent.

  • Background

     

    ❉ Ethnicity: Asian-American

    ❉ County of Heritage: China, Taiwan, USA

    ❉ Language(s): English, Mandarin, and a dabbling in various others

    ❉ Gender: Male

    ❉ Years of Work Experience: Six as an actor, about four more in the corporate world

    ❉ Other: Worked in technology consulting and start-up strategy/analytics following a degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA prior to becoming an actor.

     

  • Kevin in Three Words

    ❉ Go for it.

     

  • Top Accomplishments

    ❉ Producing and starring in the European Premiere of YELLOW FACE by David Henry Hwang and its subsequent transfer to the National Theatre in London. This helped renew the visibility of David Henry Hwang’s work in London, telling stories and highlighting themes and issues that have been missing from the British theatre landscape and providing more opportunities for East Asian actors in the UK.

    ❉ Starring in SNOW IN MIDSUMMER by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, the first all East Asian cast ever at the Royal Shakespeare Company. It is rare for Americans to act with the RSC, and there have been very few, if any, Asian-Americans on stage there, so I was proud to be able to represent this slice of the East Asian demographic on that global platform.  Getting there was also due in part to the activism I’ve taken part in fighting for East Asian representation in the London theatre scene.

    ❉ Attending Stanford (BS, MA) and Wharton (MBA).  While I attended business school very young (graduating at 25), I’m proud that I was able to achieve some relative success in the corporate world to do so, despite eventually switching into a less traditional post-MBA sector.

     

  • Top Areas of Expertise

    ❉ Acting

    ❉ Theatre Producing

    ❉ Getting into Business School (GMAT and Admissions)

  • Career Advice to Younger Self

    ❉ Try to spend less time doing things that make you miserable, especially since you’re generally a very happy person.

     

     

  • Current Role/Company and Impact on Development

    ❉ Company: Special Relationship Productions

    ❉ Role: Co-Founder, Co-Producer

    ❉ Industry(ies): Theatre / Performing Arts

    ❉ Minority owned business/organization:  Yes

    ❉ Women owned business/organization: Yes

     

  • Top Allies Who have Supported My Development and Success

    ❉ Individuals:

    My mom (May Shen); my co-producer (Lucy Fenton); many friends and peers; my agent (Morwenna Preston); David Henry Hwang

    ❉ Academic Institutions:

    Stanford University

    The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania

    ❉ Non-Profit Organizations:

    Fractured Atlas (www.fracturedatlas.org) was a fiscal sponsor that was pretty integral to our production of YELLOW FACE.  The Royal Shakespeare Company does a lot to support its artists’ development (www.rsc.org.uk) that I very much appreciated when I was there.

  • Opportunities Currently Seeking (highlight areas where iD community may be able to help!)

    ☑︎ Building Current Business (connecting with individual and organizational stakeholders who would likely have an interest in being engaged)

    ☑︎ General Networking/Relationship Building

    ☑︎ Employment

    ◻︎ For-Profit Board

    ☑︎ Non-Profit Board

    ☑︎ General Professional Development

    ☑︎ Be Coached

    ☑︎ Coach Others

    ☑︎ Speaking Opportunities

    ◻︎ Other (Please describe):

  • Song that Inspires Me Most

    ❉  I’m pretty inspired by the HAMILTON soundtrack right now, due to the fact that it is a self-made opportunity in the performing arts world borne from the proactivity, creativity, and ambition of one man (Lin-Manuel Miranda), while also telling not a dissimilar story of another.  (Listen on Spotify)

Copyright 2017 Inspiring Diversity, LLC info@inspiringdiversity.com
ABOUT KEVIN
  • Vision for Self

    To become a successful and visible mainstream actor that provides positive representation for Asian-Americans onscreen – normalizing Asian-American characters, fighting stereotypes, and encouraging future generations of Asian-American talent.

  • Background

     

    ❉ Ethnicity: Asian-American

    ❉ County of Heritage: China, Taiwan, USA

    ❉ Language(s): English, Mandarin, and a dabbling in various others

    ❉ Gender: Male

    ❉ Years of Work Experience: Six as an actor, about four more in the corporate world

    ❉ Other: Worked in technology consulting and start-up strategy/analytics following a degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA prior to becoming an actor.

     

  • Kevin in Three Words

    ❉ Go for it.

     

  • Top Accomplishments

    ❉ Producing and starring in the European Premiere of YELLOW FACE by David Henry Hwang and its subsequent transfer to the National Theatre in London. This helped renew the visibility of David Henry Hwang’s work in London, telling stories and highlighting themes and issues that have been missing from the British theatre landscape and providing more opportunities for East Asian actors in the UK.

    ❉ Starring in SNOW IN MIDSUMMER by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, the first all East Asian cast ever at the Royal Shakespeare Company. It is rare for Americans to act with the RSC, and there have been very few, if any, Asian-Americans on stage there, so I was proud to be able to represent this slice of the East Asian demographic on that global platform.  Getting there was also due in part to the activism I’ve taken part in fighting for East Asian representation in the London theatre scene.

    ❉ Attending Stanford (BS, MA) and Wharton (MBA).  While I attended business school very young (graduating at 25), I’m proud that I was able to achieve some relative success in the corporate world to do so, despite eventually switching into a less traditional post-MBA sector.

     

  • Top Areas of Expertise

    ❉ Acting

    ❉ Theatre Producing

    ❉ Getting into Business School (GMAT and Admissions)

  • Career Advice to Younger Self

    ❉ Try to spend less time doing things that make you miserable, especially since you’re generally a very happy person.

     

     

  • Current Role/Company and Impact on Development

    ❉ Company: Special Relationship Productions

    ❉ Role: Co-Founder, Co-Producer

    ❉ Industry(ies): Theatre / Performing Arts

    ❉ Minority owned business/organization:  Yes

    ❉ Women owned business/organization: Yes

     

  • Top Allies Who have Supported My Development and Success

    ❉ Individuals:

    My mom (May Shen); my co-producer (Lucy Fenton); many friends and peers; my agent (Morwenna Preston); David Henry Hwang

    ❉ Academic Institutions:

    Stanford University

    The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania

    ❉ Non-Profit Organizations:

    Fractured Atlas (www.fracturedatlas.org) was a fiscal sponsor that was pretty integral to our production of YELLOW FACE.  The Royal Shakespeare Company does a lot to support its artists’ development (www.rsc.org.uk) that I very much appreciated when I was there.

  • Opportunities Currently Seeking (highlight areas where iD community may be able to help!)

    ☑︎ Building Current Business (connecting with individual and organizational stakeholders who would likely have an interest in being engaged)

    ☑︎ General Networking/Relationship Building

    ☑︎ Employment

    ◻︎ For-Profit Board

    ☑︎ Non-Profit Board

    ☑︎ General Professional Development

    ☑︎ Be Coached

    ☑︎ Coach Others

    ☑︎ Speaking Opportunities

    ◻︎ Other (Please describe):

  • Song that Inspires Me Most

    ❉  I’m pretty inspired by the HAMILTON soundtrack right now, due to the fact that it is a self-made opportunity in the performing arts world borne from the proactivity, creativity, and ambition of one man (Lin-Manuel Miranda), while also telling not a dissimilar story of another.  (Listen on Spotify)

Copyright 2017 Inspiring Diversity, LLC | info@inspiringdiversity.com