2023-2024 Season

To our KPB Community –

One of the many things that we value most about our work and relationship with you is our ability to speak freely and be transparent. As many of you (particularly) in the humanities / arts / social service world know, our arts community is facing devastating funding cuts, which is forcing us to amend programming and to consider some structural changes within KPB.

At the moment we are heartbroken to share that we’ve had to cancel our planned spring season, which includes our world premiere of NERO at Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and public sharing of our Weaving Histories conversation series.

As a vital part of our community, we will keep you posted about our world and how we see the most healthy ways to weather the fiscal crises that so many of us are facing. And if there are ways we can be of support to you, please let us know.

Most warmly,

Jess Applebaum
Board Member of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat

Past Events

Whiteness on Fire
Whiteness on Fire

September 21, 2023
7:00pm-8:30pm EST

Celebrating the UN International Day of Peace, KPB launches its inaugural 2023-2024 season with a virtual gathering. When abolishing racialized, gendered, and homophobic violence – where are we now?

Whiteness on Fire – Where Are We Now? is a continuation of KPB’s virtual series launched September 2020 to address white supremacy. This event will be facilitated by Ishmael Thaahir and Joe Tolbert (Producing Director and Board Member, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat) and feature guest speakers Mohamed Q. Amin (Founder & Executive Director, Caribbean Equality Project), Joo-Hyun Kang (Former Executive Director, Communities United for Police Reform), Derrick Leon (Executive Director, Asians Fighting Injustice) and Rohan Zhou-Lee (Founder, The Blasian March).

Community Cares
Community Cares – All Together Now

November 14, 2023
6:30pm-8:30pm EST

Community Cares: All Together Now is KPB’s bi-annual virtual gala, honoring KPB Board Member Tiffany Vega-Gibson and Theater Advocate Arnaldo J. López, with Special Guests Raquel Almazan (Board President, IndieSpace) and Maria Lopez de Leon (National Artistic Advisory Council, NEA).

Facilitated as a stakeholder meeting between KPB artists, community partners, staff, Board, and funders, Community Cares is an opportunity for our community to name the pressing needs we wish to tackle through the work of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat. We hope our community will rally once more to radically imagine our collective future.

Other No More Reading

December 8th, 2023
6:30-8:30pm EST
ART/NY’s Great Room
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

OTHER NO MORE is a docudrama based on NYC-based queer elders of color who lobbied the US Surgeon General to disaggregate Asian-Americans and Native Americans from the “Other” box in the US Census to address the healthcare needs of BIPOC LGBQT+ communities during the HIV/AIDS crisis.

OTHER NO MORE will be a verbatim play featuring interviews from prominent organizers including Suki Terada Ports, Johnny Monzon-Santos, Gil Gerald, Curtis Harris-Davia, Joo-Hyun Kang, Cara Page, John Chin and more.

NERO - Act 2
NERO – Act 2 Rough-Cut Screening

February 1, 2024
7:00pm – 8:30 PM EST
The Exponential Festival
The Brick Aux / The Exponential Festival

NERO-Act 2 Rough-Cut Screening will feature a screening of KPB’s new work-in-progress, NERO, followed by a panel examining the innovations in hybrid theater and pandemic art with Diep Tran (Editor, Playbill), Juan Michael Porter (HIV Advocate, Culture Critic), Theresa Buchheister (Artistic Director, The Exponential Festival) and Kyoung H. Park (NERO playwright/director).