Ping Chong & Company Summer Institute!

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Ping Chong & Company's
2nd Annual Summer Training Institute
Real People. Real Lives. Real Theater.
Announcing the 2nd
Ping Chong & Company Summer Institute!
June 17-23, 2012 - Amherst, MA
sponsored by Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance

photo by Adam Nadel
The Ping Chong & Company Summer Institute has been designed to engage and inspire artists, students, community practitioners interested in developing unique performance projects that explore oral history, art, and community engagement. This intensive week-long workshop, led by Ping Chong, Sara Zatz, Talvin Wilks, and Jesca Prudencio, will explore the innovative community-based performance and documentary theatre practices behind Ping Chong’s award-winning Undesirable Elements series.
During this one-week intensive, participants will:
  • Learn the process of creating an ensemble-based oral history work;
  • Learn how to conduct interviews and develop original script components based on the Undesirable Elements process;
  • Learn strategies to build relationships with community organizations;
  • Learn about the history of Undesirable Elements and experience Master Classes with Ping Chong, exploring the aesthetics and social justice issues of his multidisciplinary works such as Cocktail, Blind Ness and The East West Quartet.
(word doc)
Applications due: April 15, 2012
What our 2011 participants have to say:
"The workshop not only gave me tools to apply to my own work, it has changed the way I envision that work."  Nathan Guisinger - Portland, OR

"This was a wonderful, all-too-short workshop for me. I loved being in a circle with the participants, and being part of a well thought-out, behind-the-scenes experience in UE/interview-based theatre."  Ellen Di Giovanni - Northampton, MA

"I came to this workshop looking for guidance and artistic help. I knew I had a piece in me wanting to get out but was not sure what the first step was. This workshop really helped me focus my thoughts and I feel rejuvenated by this experience." 
Kathleen DeVault - Ohio Northern University

"I would recommend this to a colleague without hesitation. It was great to get an in-depth look at such an established documentary theatre project. What was even better was that we were all encouraged to use the strategies to fit our own styles and projects." Kelli Bragdon - Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota, FL

"The facilitators were not only accessible, but they were also big-hearted with their time and training." Lata D'Mello - MONSOON, a community organization serving victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian communities in Iowa

"This process has evolved my life and my work in more ways than one." Nicole M. Young - Graduate Student, English and Advanced Feminist Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst; writer and performer


Ping Chong & Company's Undesirable Elements programs are supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Leading For the Future Initiative, a program of the Nonprofit Finance Fund funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Open Society Foundations/Fund for the City of New York, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. MetLife Foundation is the National Sponsor of the Undesirable Elements series.

Ping Chong & Company | 47 Great Jones Street | New York, NY 10012
Tel: 212 529 1557 | Fax: 212 529 1703 | |

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