Member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab Since 2004
KYOUNG H. PARK was born in Santiago, Chile and is the first Korean playwright from Latin America to be produced and published in the United States. He is author of Sex and Hunger, disOriented, Walkabout Yeolha, Tala, Pillowtalk and many short plays including Mina, which is published in Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas by Duke University Press. For over a decade, Kyoung has worked internationally in Brazil, Chile, England, India, and South Korea in search of contemporary theatrical models that integrate his passion for peace studies and playwriting. Kyoung writes and directs his own work as Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, a peacemaking theater company.
Kyoung is currently a 2015-2017 Field Leadership Fund Fellow and Artist in Residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and LaGuardia Performing Arts College. He is recipient of an Edward Albee playwriting fellowship, Theater of the Oppressed International Exchange Fellowship, Target Margin Theater’s Institute for Collaborative Theater-Making Fellowship, University of Washington Creative Mellon Fellowship, grants from the Arvon Foundation, GK Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, TCG Global Connections Grant, Princess Grace Foundation Special Projects grant, and WOVEN. Kyoung and his company have been in residence at the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writer’s Programme, Bushwick Starr, BRIC Arts Media Center, Performance Project @ University Settlement, Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, Vermont Studio Center, Sanskriti Pratisthan, Global Arts Village, and Kyoung was named a 2010 UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate.
Kyoung is co-founder of The Sol Project, serves volunteer positions in The Dramatist Guild’s Devised Theater Committee, Performance Project @ University Settlement Advisory Board, Indie Theater Fund, and he is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Theater Writer’s Lab, Soho Theatre’s Writer’s Hub (London), New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect, and is alum of EST Youngblood. Kyoung lives in Brooklyn with his husband, while continuing his self-education in Buddhism, following his refuge vows with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. MFA: Playwriting (Columbia University, Dean’s Fellow.)