silk road rising

Silk Road Rising creates live theatre and online videos that tell stories through primarily Asian American and Middle Eastern American lenses. In representing communities that intersect and overlap, we advance a polycultural worldview.

Our organization was founded as a creative response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The consequences of that catastrophic day are sure to reverberate for years to come, posing unique and urgent challenges for artists of all backgrounds, and inspiring us to educate, promote dialogue, and heal rifts through the transformative power of theatre.

Silk Road Rising helps define what it means to be American in the 21st century. It exists to advance the creation of, and expand access to, the works of Asian American and Middle Eastern American artists, to deepen understanding of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures within the broader community, and to provide resources and learning opportunities that allow individuals to explore, express and embrace a more global perspective.