Eric Ting, Artistic Director Designate
Obie Award-winning director Eric Ting has been called “a magician” by The New Yorker magazine and “perhaps one of the most gifted young directors in our midst” (Hartford Courant). Deeply committed throughout his career to the development of new and diverse voices for the theater, Mr. Ting has directed new works (many of them world premieres) by Sam Hunter, Aditi Kapil, Kimber Lee, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Laura Jacqmin, Kenneth Lin, Kristoffer Diaz, Anna Deavere Smith, and others. Beyond his advocacy for new plays, Ting has also been recognized for his co-adaptation of Hemingway’s Old Man & the Sea and his controversial interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth set during the Vietnam War. Mr. Ting has directed productions at Manhattan Theatre Club, Soho Rep, the Public Theater, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, Williamstown Theatre Festival, A.R.T., Hartford Stage, BAM Next Wave, and the Alliance Theatre; as well as internationally, including Singapore, France, Canada, Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Bali. No stranger to the Bay Area, his work has been seen at Shakespeare Santa Cruz (Shipwrecked! An Entertainment...), and through workshops and readings at A.C.T., Berkley Rep, Marin Theatre Company, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.
During his eleven seasons at Long Wharf Theatre, eight as Associate Artistic Director, Mr. Ting was most notably a driving force in several innovative community and audience engagement initiatives that vigorously pursued the potential of art as a tool for social change. He has been a teaching artist for the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp; led playwriting workshops for survivors of domestic violence; and developed after-school programs for underprivileged children in his home state of West Virginia.
Mr. Ting is a founding member of the artists’ collective Intelligent Beasts. He is a multiple-grant recipient, including a TCG New Generations Future Leaders fellowship, a Jerome & Roslyn Milstein Meyer Career Development Prize, and (with Meiyin Wang) a 2012 MAP Fund Award for the development of Motherland/ Foreign Relations (We All Here Why You Never Call?). He was recognized on the occasion of American Theatre magazine’s 25th Anniversary as one of 25 forward-thinking artists. Additionally, he has served on numerous grant and fellowship panels including the Doris Duke Charitable Trust, the Jerome and McKnight Foundations, the NEA, TCG, PONY and the Alpert Awards.
Ting will make periodic visits to the Theater between now and November 1, 2015, when he assumes his official duties as Cal Shakes Artistic Director. He will be joined in early 2016 by his wife Meiyin Wang—currently Co-Director of the Under the Radar Festival and the Devised Theater Initiative at the Public Theater as well as Curator of the Park Avenue Armory Artist-In-Residence program in New York City—and their new daughter, Frankie.
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