Faculty & Staff
|Walter Byongsok Chon|
|Assistant Professor | Dramaturgy & Performance Studies|
Walter Byongsok Chon is a dramaturg, critic, translator, theatre scholar and, from the fall of 2016, assistant professor in dramaturgy and theatre studies at Ithaca College. He served as production dramaturg on Yale Repertory Theatre’s Rough Crossing (by Tom Stoppard) and Eclipsed (by Danai Gurira), Yale School of Drama’s The French Play (by Gonzalo Rodriguez-Risco) and I Am A Superhero (by Jennifer Tuckett) (Carlotta Festival of New Plays), and Yale Cabaret’s Be Aggressive, Mask Ritual: Electra, Muse and The Other Shore (by Gao Xingjian). He also served as dramaturg at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference and The Great Plains Theater Conference. Since 2012, he has been associate dramaturg for Hamilton Dramaturgy. He translated Sam-Shik Pai’s Inching Towards Yeolha from Korean to English, an adaptation of which premiered at Columbia University as Walkabout Yeolha in 2010. His Korean translation of Charles Mee’s True Love premiered at Seoul Performing Arts Festival in October 2012. His other translations include Kiss and Serpent At My Thigh, from Korean to English. As a performer, he appeared in Fiddler On The Roof (Edison Theatre, St. Louis), The Other Shore, and Hong Kong Dinosaur (Yale Cabaret). He presented at various conferences including ATHE, ASTR and PTRS, and his articles have been published in Theater, Praxis, The Korean National Theatre Magazine, and The Korean Theatre Review, among others. Recently, his article “Intercultural Dramaturgy: Dramaturg as Cultural Liaison” was published in The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. Walter studied Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre and received his BA in English from Sungkyunkwan University in Korea, MA in theatre studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and MFA in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from Yale School of Drama, where he is currently completing his doctorate dissertation, “Behind Romantic Irony: How 18th-Century English Self-Reflective Satire Anticipated a New German Drama.” He taught theatre at WU St. Louis, Yale School of Drama, University of Nebraska Omaha, and Vassar College.