Yangtze, composed entirely of volunteer professionals, was founded to produce works for and by Asian artists, especially those not readily seen in North America. It showcases Asian artists, particularly those limited by language barrier and/or access to the arts community; encourages the creation of new works by Asian playwrights, choreographers and composers; and to initiate, and promote public interest in Asian arts and theatre. Since 1992, it has produced more than 100 cultural events, with YEARLY full-length drama and dance productions, in addition to musical concerts and work-in-progress play readings. Since 2006, Yangtze's drama productions have been multi- lingual, with corresponding subtitles. Yangtze has been responsible for the New York debuts of many notable Asian artists, including Wang XiaoYing, the Deputy Director of China's National Theatre; and Gao XingJian, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in literature.