Announcing 3rd Summer Training Institute

June 9-15, 2013 at Amherst College

Call for Participants: Brooklyn '63: a new oral history work with 651 ARTS

Real People. Real Lives. Real Theater.


June 9-15, 2013 – Amherst, MA

sponsored by Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance

The Ping Chong + Company Summer Institute is designed to engage and inspire artists, teachers, students, and 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, Jesca Prudencio, and Talvin Wilks 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 history of Undesirable Elements and 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 techniques for working in schools and with youth to develop personal narratives in theatrical form;
  • Learn strategies to build relationships with community organizations;
  • 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.

Tuition: $750 (housing and meal plans additional) / Limited Financial Aid available.


Click for more information, fees, and application form (word doc)


Applications are due March 15, 2013.

For inquiries email:


Ping Chong + Company and 651 ARTS seek participants for a new oral history theater project celebrating the legacy of 1963


Brooklyn ‘63 is a response to the uprising, upheaval and liberation that took place in Brooklyn during the turbulent year of 1963. Commissioned by 651 ARTS as part of Movement ’63, a series of performing arts, education and humanities events that reflect on 1963 and its historical and present-day impact. Ping Chong + Company will use the Undesirable Elements process to give voice and excavate a forgotten history of community and social activism that crossed racial, religious and ethnic lines to bring about change to an increasingly diverse community, one striving to overcome decades of injustice and neglect.  

Participants in the Brooklyn ‘63 project will share the common experience of having been born or currently residing in Brooklyn. In addition, we are specifically looking for stories that reflect or explore the impact of the Civil Rights Movement in Brooklyn, especially the events that occurred in 1963. These stories can come from first-hand experiences, or experiences of relatives, parents, grandparents, etc. The aim is to gather a group that is culturally and ethnically diverse that includes men and women of different ages, professions, experiences and identities. The work will also explore the history of Brooklyn and the unique relationships between the Jewish, African American and Puerto Rican communities.

Click here to learn more about how you can participate in Brooklyn '63

Click here to watch Talvin Wilks and Ping Chong speak about the project.


Attend an information session/open call for participants:

Monday, January 28, 2013 4-7pm

651 ARTS – 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11217

For inquiries, email