Currently living in Florida, Cha has been a leader and cutting edge member of the Twin Cities metropolitan area theater movement since 1991. As a young writer and performer of “Hmong Tapestry: Voices from the Cloth”, Cha Yang made his theater artist’s debut. This production was acclaimed by the Pioneer Press as “innovative, remarkably animated, and engaging.” He then was part of “Peb Yog Hmoob: We Are Hmong” which was described as “a thought provoking and compassionate look at the modern immigrant experience.”
Yang writes about Hmong traditions and values with insider perspective and sensitivity. He couples that culturally rich background with the realities of life in the United States today for Hmong people. His most recent work “Hmong Tiger Tales” retells a trio of Hmong folk tales that at once reinforce ancient traditions and provide lessons for life in America.
Yang has been an actor, stage manager, co-playwright and cultural consultant for seven productions in this metropolitan area. His broad range of skills in theater and writing have been used by Theater Mu, the Steppingstone Theater, Pom Siab Hmoob Theater, the Hmong American Partnership, the Hmong Youth Association, and the Playwright’s Center. These partnerships have resulted in a high degree of respect granted him by the theatrical community and larger Hmong and American audiences.
Cha has a powerful ability to synthesize complex information for delivery in performance situations. He uses research and resources as well as his personal experiences to translate critical cultural information into moving and entertaining performances. He brings natural talent to his performances and combines that with a passion to pass on Hmong traditions and folktales to children and grandchildren of those who told these stories to their children and grandchildren.