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

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.

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

Applications due: April 15, 2012