Local Artist In Residence
18th Street Campus
Dan Kwong is an award-winning multimedia performance artist, actor, playwright, director, visual artist and documentary videomaker. Hailed by critics as a master storyteller, Kwong’s work often focuses on identity, family, and community. Thematically he is interested in the process of moving through oppression and internalized oppression and re-connecting with humanity. Internationally, Kwong has worked on numerous collaborative performance projects throughout Southeast and East Asia, where he continues to teach and lecture. The significance of his body of work is acknowledged in A History of Asian American Theater (ed. by Esther Kim Lee). His first book, FROM INNER WORLDS TO OUTER SPACE: The Multimedia Performances of Dan Kwong, was published by the University of Michigan Press.
Kwong is one of the founding artists at 18th Street Arts Center, and part of the first wave of performers nurtured by Highways Performance Space in 1989 under the leadership of Tim Miller and Linda Frye Burnham. He served on the Highways’ Board from 1990 to 2007. Kwong currently serves as Associate Artistic Director of Great Leap Inc., the Los Angeles-based multicultural performing arts organization founded by Nobuko Miyamoto.