PSi Daegu 2018
Performance as Network : Arts, City, Culture
3-6 July 2018
July 3 (Tue), 2018/ 10:30~11:15
Kim Yun-Cheol began his theatrical career as an actor. In the mid-1970s, he founded a theater troupe called Maekto and worked not only as the head of the troupe but also as an actor and a translator. However, after playing as Hamlet in The Marowitz Hamlet by Charles Marowitz, for which he also translated the script, he experienced a problem with his vocal cords. Afterward, Kim shifted his career as a theater practitioner to a scholar. After obtaining Ph.D. from Brigham Young University in the United States with his dissertation on contemporary American drama, Kim returned to Korea to begin work as a theater critic. Until his retirement in 2014 as a professor at Korea National University of Arts from 1994, Kim dedicated his efforts to theater criticism and education, receiving numerous recognitions including the Critic of the Year Award in 1995, the Yeo Seok-Gi Theater Critic Award in 2005, and the Order of Cultural Merit from the Korean government in 2008.
Kim Yun-Cheol was appointed as president of the International Association of Theatre Critics in the 2008 general meeting held in Sofia, Bulgaria. He served three consecutive terms until the Beijing Congress in 2014, leading 3,000 members from 70 countries and greatly contributing to promoting the international role of theater criticism. In particular, he launched a web journal called Critical Stages (www.critical-stages.org), which is published twice a year. Until its 10th edition, Kim analyzed and organized trends in global theatrical plays and criticism by contributing articles including special issues, essays, artist interviews, theater reviews, and book reviews as the editor in chief. So far, 17 editions have been published, and he currently serves as a senior editor of the essay section.
For the first time as a theater critic, Kim Yun-Cheol was appointed as the art director of the National Theater Company of Korea in 2014. For about four years, Kim focused his work on questioning, analyzing, and defining the identity of Koreans while directing some 100 plays. He shed particular light on today's Koreans by delving into everything related to their identities ranging from the identity of Koreans verified from the past (The Rediscovery Series of Modern Dramas) and the identity of Koreans in the eyes of contemporaries (The Portrait of Koreans) to the identity of Koreans from the view of outsiders and the identity of Koreans as remembered by the second generation of Korean immigrants (The Korean Diaspora).
Kim Yun-Cheol has been appointed a judge for major theater festivals in Korea as well as international festivals around the world, including the Fadjr International Theater Festival in Iran, the Belgrade International Theatre Festival in Serbia, the Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival in Poland, and the Europe Theatre Prize. Most recently, he was named as a special advisor to the International Shakespeare Festival Craiova in Romania.
His major publications include theater review collections such as Are We Moving into the Era of the Theatre of the Ugly? in 2000 and Between Chaos and Hybridity in 2004, and Analysis of Contemporary American Plays 1 and 2 in 2004.