A B O U T
Chinese Pirate Productions is a private production company founded by Director/Producer Andy Lowe. Based in Southern California, CPP specializes in, but is not limited to Theatrical Production and Immersive events. CPP builds partnerships, through which stories are told!. Stories, myth and folklore are the backbone that binds communities together. From the classic myths of our ancestors, to Greek & Shakespearean Epics, and contemporary myths found in superheroic sagas & swashbuckling “Space Operas”, stories speak to the common values, aspirational truths and universal themes upon which experiences are shared and communities are founded.
Andy Lowe (Director/Producer) first gained notoriety when his play The Cultural Hyphen won production in the California Young Playwrights Contest in 1994, and was endorsed by Tony Award winning playwrights David Henry Hwang and Edward Albee. Andy went on to co-found the San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre in 1995 where he was a company member and Producing Artistic Director for the next ten years. From 1995 - 2005 he had created opportunities for Asian American Actors & Directors, brought life to numerous overlooked plays by Asian American Playwrights in ten seasons with over thirty-five full stage productions, countless staged readings, and helped inaugurate San Diego's first Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Festival ('01-'03) which brought visibility to hundreds of APIA classical and folk performers, contemporary Singer/Songwriters, Stand up Comedians, and modern Performance on multiple stages.
He continued to direct, produce and perform independently throughout San Diego with Asian Story Theater, SD Black Ensemble Theatre, at the Lyceum Theatre and 10th Avenue Theatre, while serving as program coordinator of the “Theatre-In-Residence Program” at the La Jolla Playhouse 2007-2012. He is also one of the founding producers of the Amp Music Festival, Gam3rcon San Diego, the StageHANDS Art Show and served on the producing committee for the Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego.
A leader in San Diegos's APA community, Andy has served as a board member for the San Diego Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCASD), San Diego Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans, and has been profiled in local press as well as national publications A. Magazine, Asians in America Magazine and American Theatre Magazine. For his work he has received two mayoral commendations from the City of San Diego and was recognized as one of the "Top 30 most influential Asian Americans Under the age of 30" (Political Circus Magazine '01).
As a theatrical director, he has received critical praise for productions at AART; "Trying to find Chinatown" ('98), "Cleveland Raining" ('99), "F.O.B." ('01), "The Goddess Of Flowers" ('02), "Fentor" ('03), "This Girl I Used to Know" ('10), at UCSD; "Letters to a Student Revolutionary" ('10), Asian American Theatre Festivals 3, 4 & 5 ('08-'10), and the Bear Arts Color Fest('10). In 2007, with the San Diego Public Library and the Asian Story Theater, Andy was awarded a $70k grant through the CCLP to develop a stage adaptation of "Dear Miss Breed," the award winning non-fiction book by Joanne Oppenheim, which he produced and directed. Since then, he has continued to develop independent projects through his own "Chinese Pirate Productions" brand through which he has directed and produced David Henry Hwang's "Golden Child" ('12), "Woman in the Mirror: A Dancer's Journey" ('12) and the nationally acclaimed Live stage adaptation of Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible Sing Along Blog" ('11).
As an independent theatrical producer, Social/New Media marketing and consultant, he has overseen the development of multiple productions including "Gam3rs: the Play," "the Musical Paul Gauguin" and "John Doe: the Musical"
Andy left San Diego for Los Angeles in 2013, where he currently serves as Casting Director and Production Manager for the East West Players, the longest running theatre of color, and largest producer of Asian American work in the nation and continues to direct occasional freelance projects for Artists at Play, LA Playgrounds, East West Players, and Walt Disney Imagineering.
Dear Miss Breed
By Joanne Oppenheim
with Asian Story Theater & SD Public Library(2007)
Letters to a Student Revolutionary
by Elizabeth Wong.
with UCSD AATF (2009)
Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - LIVE
adapted by Andy Lowe & Brian Hammond (2011)
by David Henry Hwang
with SD Chinese Center (2012)
Woman in the Mirror
written and performed by Devra Gregory