Yi-Lin Eli Chung

Yi-Lin Eli Chung

MOUNT VERNON -- MTVarts has announce that Resident Dramaturg Yi-Lin Eli Chung has been invited to present his work with MTVarts at the 2019 Literary Managers and Dramaturg of Americas (LMDA) conference “Crossing Borders, Pt. 2: Action in a Time of Division.”

The event is being held June 20 to 22 in Chicago.

What is a dramaturg?

They are researchers, editors, advisers, fixers, and answer finders. Working with the production team, they bring an authentic richness to the play and organize the chaos of the creative process.

Chung will present his dramaturgical work for MTVarts’ Classics Series A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Steve Jefferson and Bruce Jacklin (Artistic Director, MTVarts). The production was the first play on the newly renovated stage of The Woodward Opera House in early May.

Chung's presentation, “The Community Within: Navigating A Raisin in the Sun’s Racial Geography in Mount Vernon, OH,” will showcase the research and process behind staging A Raisin in the Sun.

It highlights MTVarts’ efforts to provide Mount Vernon’s small but historical Black population opportunities to participate, showcase their contributions to the community, and represent themselves. It also speaks to honoring the labor of actors coming from out-of-town and underrepresented communities to participate in the show.

LMDA has members throughout North America and abroad. Their belief that theater is a vital art form that has the power to nourish, educate, and transform individuals and their communities aligns with MTVarts’ mission to entertain, educate and engage through the power of quality, affordable live theatre.

LMDA believes dramaturgy is central to the process of theater-making.

Chung joined MTVarts as the Resident Dramaturg in 2018 and has been a LMDA member since 2017. He joined LMDA while pursuing his Theatre M.A. at San Diego State University, where he studied under former LMDA President Dr. Shelley Orr. He also serves as MTVarts Education and Project Coordinator tasked with developing internships for high school and college students and an adult apprenticeship program ensuring support for the local arts culture.

This summer, Chung and retired theatre professor Nancy Kephart will launch artsIQ technical curriculum for kids 8 to 18 interested in making theatre from behind-the-scenes.

Follow MTVarts on Facebook or visit MTVarts.com for more information on their upcoming Wizard of Oz July 6 to 14 and September’s artsIQ shows. Willy Wonka KIDS features a youth cast ages 8 to 12, runs one hour, and is the perfect choice for the youngest theatre goer. Willy Wonka JR features youth cast ages 13 to 18, runs 90 minutes, and will delight audiences of all ages. All shows will be performed at the Memorial Building ... “There’s no place like home.”