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Eugene Ma is a New York based theater-maker who directs, acts, composes and teaches internationally.
Eugene is currently a resident director at the Flea Theater, working on a new musical commission for young audience set in 19th Century Hong Kong, the Lorikeet, to premiere this fall. His selected directing credits include Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz, Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid, Thornton Wilder’s Childhood, Mark Ravenhill’s pool (no water), Saviana Stanescu’s Aurolac Blues, new works by Mike Lew and Shane Sakhrani, NYU playwriting thesis industry readings and Serials@theFlea. He is also a Drama Desk–nominated composer for his music in the Hugo- inspired “silent film for the stage” The Man Who Laughs, which framed the entire 70-minute nonverbal theatrical event — and has subsequently made music for three Commedia shows at Yale Drama.
A proud member of AEA, Ma was last seen as Silvio in Theater for a New Audience’s production of A Servant of Two Masters in New York. Regionally, he was in Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Yale Rep & Berkeley Rep) and A Servant of Two Masters (Seattle Rep); and as a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, performed in Tony-winner Mary Zimmerman’s production of Guys and Dolls (also at Wallis Annenberg Center in LA) and the English premiere of the landmark Chinese play, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, directed by original Taiwanese auteur Stan Lai. Additionally, Eugene has performed at venues like La MaMa ETC, Ontological-Hysteric Theater at St. Mark’s Church, Joe’s Pub/Public Theater, Mabou Mines, Ohio Theater, the Stone, NYU, and as far as an art gallery in Budapest, Hungary.
Deeply inspired by the Clown’s unbridled generosity, spontaneity, vulnerability, mischief and wonder as well as Commedia dell’Arte’s ability to bring total psychophysical transformations to life with verve — Ma completed a two-year teaching apprenticeship with Christopher Bayes, acting as his teaching assistant and music director at Yale and Juilliard. He then studied with Pierre Byland, the original Le Coq clown teacher, in Switzerland. He was recently Lecturer of Acting at SUNY Purchase and has guest taught at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Yale College, Fordham University, NYU and PPAS. Currently, he serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate Acting Program.