Lily Tung Crystal is an actor, director, and founding artistic director of Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company. She was recently appointed the new artistic director of Theater Mu. Before her move to the Twin Cities, she will be performing in The Good Person of Szechwan, directed by Eric Ting at Cal Shakes July 3-21.
As a performer, Lily has worked with theatres across the country, including Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Crowded Fire, Magic Theatre, Mountain Play, New World Stages, Portland Center Stage, Ragged Wing, SF Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Those Women Productions, and Woodminster. Favorite roles include: Prosecutor Li (Chinglish, Portland Center Stage/Syracuse Stage), Bloody Mary (South Pacific, Mountain Play), Rachel Li/Rashida (Tough Titty, Magic Theatre), Amanda (Private Lives, Whirligig Theatre), Lulu (Cabaret, SF Playhouse), Mrs. Park (Jay Kuo’s Worlds Apart, Magic Theatre; New World Stages), and Korean #2 (Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, Crowded Fire; BATCC nomination). She also does on-camera work and is represented by JE Talent.
Her directing work includes the David Henry Hwang revival of Flower Drum Song at Palo Alto Players, the musical Allegiance at Contra Costa Civic Theatre and the world premiere of Leah Nanako Winkler’s Two Mile Hollow at Ferocious Lotus, for which she was named a TBA Award finalist for Outstanding Direction. She was also a TBA Award finalist for her direction of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish at Palo Alto Players in 2015.
Lily is a 2016 YBCA 100 honoree, named by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as a “creative pioneer making the provocations that will shape the future of culture.”