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 currently writes and directs his own work as Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, a peacemaking theater company.
Kyoung 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, Field Leadership Fund Fellowship, grants from the Arvon Foundation, GK Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, TCG Global Connections Grant, Princess Grace Foundation Special Projects grant (via Theater C), and was named a 2010 UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate. He is currently under commission by Mixed Blood Theater Company in Minneapolis, a proud member of the Ma-Yi Theater Writer’s Lab, Soho Theatre’s Writer’s Hub (London), and 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.
Kyoung lives in Brooklyn, New York with his husband, Daniel Lim, and continues his self-education in Buddhism, having made his refuge vows with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India.