Professor Yuko Kurahashi, Ph.D. Authors First Biography of Ping Chong
School of Theatre and Dance professor Yuko Kurahashi, Ph.D. is the author of a new book on the world renown theatre artist Ping Chong.
The Interdisciplinary Theatre of PING CHONG: Exploring Curiosity and Otherness on Stage, available now from McFarland Publishing, is the first-ever biography exploring the life of avant-garde artist and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Ping Chong. Kurahashi focuses on Chong's valuable contributions to modern theatre and, drawing on primary sources and her own attendance of Chong's productions, takes a broad and informative approach to his 48 years as a performer, playwright and director.
In 2004, Ping Chong was the inaugural artist in residence of the Roe Green Visiting Director Series, a program that brings a guest director or artist to Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance each year to work with students. During the residency, Ping Chong and Company developed and debuted the new work BLIND NESS: the Irresistible Light of Encounter. The multidisciplinary theatre work explored Joseph Conrad's famed novel Heart of Darkness and went on to premiere at LaMaMa, ETC in New York. For more information about BLIND NESS, visit LaMaMa's website.
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About Yuko Kurahashi, Ph.D.
Yuko Kurahashi, Ph.D. is a Professor of Theatre in the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University. Her areas of specialty include multicultural theatre, community-based theatre, and intercultural theatre. She is the author of The Interdisciplinary Theatre of PING CHONG: Exploring Curiosity and Otherness on Stage (McFarland, 2020), Asian American Culture on Stage: The History of the East West Players (Garland, 1999) and Multicultural Theatre (Kendall/Hunt, 2004 & 2006). She writes reviews and articles for scholarly journals and other venues.