Critics Love The White Snake
The White Snake is in its final weekend of performances, and both children and critics alike have been enchanted by its myth and magic. One reviewer even goes so far as to say she left the theatre “feeling like [she] had been born again.” Don’t miss your final opportunity to catch this dazzling production!
“Yena Han’s character of Greenie stole the show every time she was onstage. She was funny and cunning, the perfect best friend and sidekick who saves the day whenever necessary, landing her jokes with every beat, and supporting Lady Bai and Xu Xian until the very end.” -KXSU
“Alternately funny and pugnacious (sometimes both), her facial expressions and comic timing alone are worth the price of admission, holding the fuzzy fairy-tale logic of the plot together.” -The Seattle Times
The White Snake
The White Snake by Mary Zimmerman is making its Seattle debut at 12th Avenue Arts! After a wildly successful run at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Old Globe, ReAct Theatre is excited to bring this gorgeous Chinese fairytale to the Pacific Northwest. Directed by David Hsieh, this show features an all-Asian cast for the first time in the history of this production.
Yena will be playing Green Snake, White Snake’s sassy companion who attempts to disguise their true identities as snakes who transform into women. The show is kid-friendly, but adults will also recognize more mature themes, such as Eastern philosophy and the challenge of revealing one’s true self in a relationship. Tickets are available online, with discounts for theatre artists as well as students and seniors.
Studio East Teaching Artist
After a ten year hiatus from Studio East, Yena is excited to return to the drama school she spent her childhood taking classes and performing at - but this time, as a teaching artist! During the summer of 2018, Yena directed and choreographed productions such as Beauty and the Beast and The Hobbit for middle and high school students. Currently, Yena is coaching scenes from The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde in Acting II, an intermediate scene study class.
Located in Kirkland, WA, Studio East is the number one performing arts program on the Eastside. If your child is interested in taking classes or auditioning for shows, you can find more information at their main website, or message Yena for updates about her classes and one-on-one coaching opportunities.
Studio East: http://www.studio-east.org
HeaTHERS Cast Interviews
Heather McNamara (Yena Han), Heather Chandler (Jordan Sloan Frost), and Heather Duke (Simone Alene) chat with director Georgina Spelvin about inspiration for bringing the original mean girls to life, teen bullying, and whether or not any of them were "Heathers" in high school.
Cast Interviews: https://www.pullmanvspaxton.org/heatherscastinterviews
For more "behind the scenes" snapshots, follow pullman.vs.paxton on Instagram. Each of the cast members are taking over for a few days to post all things Heathers - funny moments during rehearsal, memes, and the like. It'll be So Very.
Heathers: the musical
Yena will be playing Heather McNamara in Heathers, a musical adaptation of the 1988 cult classic film. Pullman.vs.Paxton, a musical theatre company in Seattle known for producing edgy, contemporary musicals, aims to capture the movie's black comedy with a whole lot of 80s costumes, iconic one-liners, and rock 'n' roll. Check out the promo video here.
Heathers will be opening April 6th and running for two weekends only at the Erickson Theatre Off Broadway in Capitol Hill. Tickets will sell out in advance, and the majority of the proceeds go to the It Gets Better Project to support LGBTQ youth. Read more about the show, PVP, and It Gets Better!
It Gets Better: https://itgetsbetter.org/
Actors First Agency
In December 2017, Yena signed with agent Elicia Walker at Actors First Agency (AFA), a SAG-AFTRA Franchised agency for film, TV, commercial, and voiceover work in the Pacific Northwest. Yena is available for booking on Casting Networks, Casting Frontier, Backstage, and Theatre Puget Sound.
Actors First Agency: http://actorsfirstagency.com/