Ping Chong is an internationally acclaimed director, playwright, and pioneer in the use of media in the theater. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a USA Artist Fellowship, two BESSIE awards, two OBIE awards, and the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and has created over 100 productions for the stage which have been presented at major festivals and theaters around the world. Recent projects include Throne of Blood (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, BAM), Cathay: Three Tales of China (Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Kennedy Center), Collidescope: Further Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America (University of Maryland), and PUSH: Real Athletes, Real Stories, Real Theatre (2015 ParaPanAmGames, Toronto). Since 1992, he has created over 40 works in the Undesirable Elements project, a series of oral-history theater works exploring issues of race, culture, and identity in the lives of individuals in specific communities.
Ping Chong + Company’s Beyond Sacred, a UMS performance, takes place at the Power Center on Saturday, February 18 at 8 pm.