KYOUNG H. PARK is a North Korean playwright born and raised in Santiago, Chile. He is author of Sex and Hunger, disOriented, Walkabout Yeolha and many short plays including Mina, which is published in Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas by Duke University Press. His plays have been read/developed in New York by 2G, Access Theater, Diversity City Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, La MaMa ETC, Ma-Yi Theater, Theatre C, Vital Theatre, and the Royal Court Theatre in London. He is recipient of an Edward Albee playwriting fellowship, Theater of the Oppressed International Exchange Fellowship, grants from the Princess Grace Foundation, Arvon Foundation, GK Foundation, and was named a 2010-UNESCO Aschberg Laureate. He is member of the Ma-Yi Theater Writer’s Lab, Soho Theatre’s Writer’s Hub (London), alumn of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, and was Writer-in-Residence at Sanskriti Pratisthan and the Vermont Studio Center.
Kyoung has worked internationally in Brazil, Chile, England, India, South Korea and collaborated in the World Premiere of David Levine’s Anger at the Movies at PS122 COIL Festival and workshop productions of Lee Breuer’s La Divina Caricatura and Mabou Mines’ Glass Guignol. Kyoung currently writes and directs his own work as Artistic Director of Pacific Beat Collective (PBC), an experimental theater company that promotes a culture of peace by radically destabilizing normative cultural assumptions that cause direct and structural violence in the world.
Kyoung received his BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, MA in Peace and Global Governance from Kyung Hee University’s Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, and MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University, where he was a Dean’s Fellow. He volunteers as Director of Strategic Planning for 2g, a leading incubator of Asian-American theatrical talent, and as Fundraising Chair of GAPIMNY, the second, oldest queer Asian community organization in the nation. Kyoung lives in Brooklyn, New York and continues his self-education in Buddhism, having made his refuge vows with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India.