Ping Chong

47 Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10012
T: 212 529 1557 F: 212 529 1703


The Summer Training Institute will not be held this year. Please check back for future training opportunities.

The Ping Chong + Company Summer Training Institute engages and inspires artists, students, and community practitioners interested in developing performance projects that explore oral history, art, and community engagement. This intensive week-long workshop is hosted at Amherst College. Under the leadership of Ping Chong + Company artists, Summer Training Institute participants explore the innovative community-based performance and documentary theatre practices behind the Undesirable Elements series.

During the workshop, participants:

•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.

Read about the Summer Training Institute on HowlRound
Questions? Contact Sara Zatz, sara[at]pingchong[dot]org

Ping Chong + Company participated as guest artists/faculty in the Immigrant Experience in CA through Literature and Theatre at San Jose State University in July 2017.
The Immigrant Experience in CA through Literature & Theatre is an institute for K-12 teachers/administrators to examine immigration through literary and theatrical texts.


What past Institute participants have said:

"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