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Kyoung’s Pacific Beat (“KPB”) is a peacemaking theater company based in Brooklyn, New York, which promotes a culture of peace through the production of new works of theater written and directed by Kyoung H. Park.

Our company develops its work over the course of multiple years, in collaboration with artists and non-artists from different cultures and different disciplines. During this process, we research and engage in local communities to explore personal and communal experiences of oppression and transform the stories we gather through radical experimentations with theatrical forms. Our goal is to give voice to marginalized perspectives in society through community-based events, workshops, and touring productions that bring together like-minded individuals that believe peace matters.


Kyoung’s Pacific Beat was founded in 2011 by playwright and director Kyoung H. Park. He established the company as a collaborative, experimental, multi-disciplinary theater company that serves as a laboratory for the invention of experimental work; a producing organization that mounts peacemaking theater productions; and one that facilitates public programming which engages communities in the pursuit of peace through artistic expression. Kyoung’s Pacific Beat is led by Park and an outstanding team of Mondragons (actors, choreographers, dancers, musicians, visual artists, designers), who are full- partners and equally invested in the work that the company produces.

In 2011, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat associate produced the World Premiere of disOriented, a family drama based on Kyoung’s matrilineage that delved into North Korean politics with contemporary Korean fan dancing. American Theater Magazine described disOriented as “juicy” and Kyoung’s “most intensely personal” play. disOriented was featured in The Brooklyn Rail, OffOffOnline, Korea Times, chosen as a Flavorpill Editor’s Pick, awarded a 2010 Princess Grace Special Projects grant, and nominated for Best Choreography in 2011 by the New York Innovative Theater Awards.

In 2012, KPB produced workshop productions of TALA at HERE Arts Center and Columbia University’s New Works Now Festival at ToRoNaDa Theater, under the mentorship of Lee Breuer. TALA Premiered in January 2015 at the Performance Project @ University Settlement, where the company was an Artist-in-Residence. TALA was a Time Out Critic’s Pick, received rave reviews, was featured in the Asian-American Arts Alliance’s January Town Hall, and produced with support of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

In 2015, following the world premiere of TALA, KPB produced a workshop production of PILLOWTALK at the BRIC Arts Media Center. PILLOWTALK is intimate, gay bedroom drama about Sam and Back, an interracial gay couple whose recent marriage comes to a crux. Staged as a contemporary, balletic pas de deux, PILLOWTALK asks: can communities of color truly celebrate marriage equality in times of #BlackLivesMatter? Following an artist residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and a second workshop production at LaGuardia Performing Art Center’s Rough Draft Festival, PILLOWTALK was presented by The Exponential Festival and received its World Premiere at The Tank this January 2018. “A beautiful production… PILLOWTALK is a political work, and feels very much of this moment,” wrote The New York Times.

In 2018, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat launched “Community Co-Lab,” an arts for change initiative strategically outlining our foci of work under the following four axes: Creating Peace, Queering the Social Order, Securing Cultural Democracy and Representation, and Devising the Future. Through Community Co-Lab, our goal is to ensure that our work with community is designed as participatory art-making, where systems of oppression are made visible, in order to catalyze progressive, problem-solving discourses that disrupt cycles of cultural violence. KPB’s Community Co-Lab projects are based on personal and communal experiences of oppression and created with the purpose of imagining and advancing an alternative, culture of peace.