Ping Chong and Company is a leader in socially engaged theater, and cross-sector collaboration. Artistic partnerships are foundational to our work.
Our partnerships are forged around an invitation to connect with specific communities, and to support and reflect the values, needs, and collaborative approaches within those communities. Ping Chong and Company staff and artists are dedicated to responsive art making and community engagement, with the goal of creating original projects and productions that recognize the need for engaging in equitable creative spaces, and the spirit of mutually supportive learning and exchange.
We work in partnership with theater companies, performing arts centers, festivals, universities, educational, and community-based organizations in New York City, nationally, and internationally.
Examples of past partnerships include Cathay: Three Tales of China a full-length puppet theater production which represents one of the first original productions created between US and China based theater companies; productions in the Undesirable Elements series, which are each created in unique partnerships and residencies with local community organizations and feature community members telling their own stories on stage, and original productions, such as the Collidescope series, Blind Ness, and Cocktail, developed in collaboration with Theater and Dance departments on university campuses.
Partnerships can extend beyond creating and presenting new work. For example, PCC developed a national program to train non-arts organizations to create their own theatrical productions modeled on PCC’s Secret Survivors production, featuring the voices and experiences of child sexual abuse survivors. These productions have become tools for community-based dialogue and action.
PCC is also committed to sharing our methodology and mentoring the next generation of theater artists through training and fellowship programs, and to creating wider access to the arts for young people through our arts education program.