About"Riveting… [a] stellar production, skillfully helmed by Eric Ting… powerfully human and ultimately sublime." (VARIETY) "Ting is a magician... terrific at making stage pictures that not only frame Drury’s big thoughts and bigger imagination but ground them so that the actors can take off." (NEW YORKER) "Eric Ting is perhaps the most gifted young director in our midst." (HARTFORD COURANT)
Eric Ting is an Obie Award-winning director. Deeply committed throughout his career to advancing new and diverse voices for the theater, Mr. Ting has developed and directed new works (many of them world premieres) by Sam Hunter, Aditi Kapil, Kimber Lee, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Kenneth Lin, Kristoffer Diaz, Laura Jacqmin, Anna Deavere Smith, and others. Mr. Ting has directed productions at Manhattan Theatre Club, Soho Rep, the Public Theater, BAM Next Wave, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, Williamstown Theatre Festival, A.R.T., Hartford Stage, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and the Alliance Theatre; as well as developmental workshops and readings for the LARK, Premiere Stages, Vineyard Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Public Theater, Prelude Festival (NYC), Mu Performing Arts and Mixed Blood (Minneapolis), ACT, Marin Theatre and Bay Area Playwrights (San Francisco), Yale Rep, the McCarter and the Vineyard Arts Project. Additionally, his work has been seen internationally, including Singapore, France, Canada, Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Bali.
Recent directing credits include THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS (Goodman Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club, world premiere), BROWNSVILLE SONG: B-SIDE FOR TRAY (Long Wharf and Philadelphia Theatre Co), A GREAT WILDERNESS (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Toshi Reagon’s PARABLE OF THE SOWER: THE CONCERT VERSION (Under the Radar @ the Public Theater), RISING SON (Singapore Repertory Theatre, world premiere), Nora Chipaumire’s MIRIAM (BAM Next Wave and others, world premiere), WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION ON THE HERERO OF NAMIBIA, FORMERLY SOUTH-WEST AFRICA FROM THE GERMAN SUDWESTAFRIKA, BETWEEN THE YEARS 1884-1915 (Soho Rep and Victory Gardens, World Premiere, Obie for Direction), THE UPSTAIRS CONCIERGE (Goodman New Stages) and WARRIOR CLASS (Alliance Theatre).
Upcoming: APPROPRIATE by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Mark Taper Forum); TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); LEWISTON by Sam Hunter (Long Wharf, World Premier)
During eleven seasons at Long Wharf Theatre, eight as Associate Artistic Director, Mr. Ting was most notably a driving force in several innovative community and audience engagement initiatives that vigorously pursued the potential of art as a tool for social change. As resident director, Ting’s credits included the world premieres of JANUARY JOINER, AGNES UNDER THE BIG TOP and Hemingway’s THE OLD MAN & THE SEA (which he also co-adapted with Craig Siebels). Also: 4000 MILES, CLYBOURNE PARK, THE BLUEST EYE (a co-production with Hartford Stage), UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL (CT Critics Circle awards for best play and best direction), SYLVIA, ITALIAN AMERICAN RECONCILIATION, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and his controversial Vietnam War-era adaptation of Shakespeare’s MACBETH. Other credits include Donald Margulies's SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT... (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), Anna Deavere Smith's LET ME DOWN EASY (ART) and puppet design for Bizet's THE PEARL FISHERS (Opera Boston).
Mr. Ting has been a teaching artist for the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp; led playwriting workshops for survivors of domestic violence; and developed after-school programs for underprivileged children in his home state of West Virginia.
Mr. Ting is a founding member of the artists’ collective Intelligent Beasts. He is a multiple-grant recipient, including a TCG New Generations Future Leaders fellowship, a Jerome & Roslyn Milstein Meyer Career Development Prize, and (with Meiyin Wang) a 2012 MAP Fund Award for the development of motherland/ foreign relations (we all here why you never call?). He was recognized on the occasion of AMERICAN THEATRE magazine’s 25th Anniversary as one of 25 forward-thinking artists. Additionally, he has served on numerous grant and fellowship panels including the Doris Duke Charitable Trust, the Jerome and McKnight Foundations, the NEA, TCG, PONY and the Alpert Awards.