Ping Chong is an internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer in the use of media in the theater. Encompassing theater, dance, puppetry, and media, his theatrical works bring his unique artistic vision to bear on major historical issues of our times, and focus on bringing unheard voices and underrepresented stories to the stage. Since 1972, as founder of Ping Chong + Company, he has created over 100 productions which have been presented at major theaters, festivals, and museums worldwide. In 1992, he created the first Undesirable Elements production, an ongoing series of community-based oral history projects, working with real people to explore issues of culture and identity. Representative works in the series include BEYOND SACRED: Voices of Muslim Identity and INSIDE/OUT…Voices from the Disability Community . Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ premieres at the New Victory Theater in January 2018. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a USA Artist Fellowship, two BESSIE awards, two OBIE awards, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a 2017 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, and the 2014 National Medal of Arts.
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