Ping Chong

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


July 30-August 4 2018

Hosted by LaGuardia Performing Art Center's Stages of Change, a LaGuardia Community College/CUNY Institute of Theatre for Social Transformation

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, and Ryan Conarro, will explore the innovative community-based performance and documentary theatre practices of Ping Chong + Company.

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.


APPLICATION – Apply here; applications will be accepted by this form only until April 15th. Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will be by email on or before May 15th, 2018. A wait-list for a limited number of applicants will be established. Wait-listed candidates will be notified immediately by e-mail and/or phone if a place in becomes available.

WORKSHOP FEE - The 2018 Workshop fee is $750. Limited financial aid is available

HOUSING/MEALS - Housing and meals are the sole responsibility of the participants.

DAILY SCHEDULE/LOCATION - Workshop hours are 10am-6pm. There will be some required independent evening sessions/assignments. All sessions will take place at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Long Island City, NY. Participants MUST commit to attending the entire week and all sessions.

•April 15, 2018 Completed application due
•May 15, 2018 Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance to all applicants
•June 4, 2018 Accepted candidates must confirm attendance
•July 30-Aug 4, 2018 Training institute

For questions about the Ping Chong + Company Summer Institute, please email Sara Zatz at

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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