“This is how you start to get respect, by offering something that you have.” Mitch Albom
DIRECTOR & WRITER
Rik Zak is an award-winning creative director and Professor Emeritus at the Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts). Currently, he is a Creative Director at Schroeder Inc., a New York content and brand development agency with clients worldwide. Rik has practiced and researched Chinese dragon dancing in New York and its related traditions with Shifu Chia Meng Woo (胡介民師傅, 1913 -2010) for over 45
years. Shifu Woo was a Shaolin Master teacher who had studied and practiced traditional dragon dancing in Shanghai during the 1920s and 1930s then taught for 40 years in New York City. Rik has taught and coached a dragon team in Calgary and in New York for over three decades.
Jun is a NYC-Shanghai creative and film director. He has an undergraduate degree in design and a master's degree in film directing from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His mission is to build a bridge between progressive East and the West media creatives and connect next gen audiences of all cultures.
WRITER & RESEARCH
Dr. Barber is the Director of Asian Studies at the University of Calgary. The publisher of three major works and 41 other scholarly publications, he is an internationally recognized scholar who has given 44 lectures in 13 countries. He has sat on the editorial board of various publications and been a member of the board of directors on scholarly associations and has done numerous interviews on TV, radio, magazines and newspapers. His areas of interest are Chinese culture/ religion, Indian culture/ religion, Japanese culture/religion and Korea, Tibet, Vietnam.
Chuck Schroeder is Chairman of Schroeder, Inc. He started his career in New York as a copywriter at Doyle Dane Bernbach working on Alka-Seltzer, Volkswagen, Polaroid, Mobil, and other accounts. He was hired by McCann-Erickson to work as a Senior Copywriter on Miller Lite, Coca-Cola, Del Monte Foods and the KFC chain. Partnered with Rik Zak, he established Schroeder, Inc. in New York. The agency has worked for numerous clients including The New York Stock Exchange, Fiduciary Trust International, and American Airlines. Chuck has been a Creative Director and Senior Writer on a range of film projects and television commercials.
Peini Chen is a film director and producer. She earned her Bachelor’s of Architecture and attained Master’s in film directing from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her short film, “Exeunt,” selected by New York Latino Film Festival, tells a story of a gifted but frustrated Latino Broadway dresser.