APPENDIX I. THE AUTHOR

Standing in the rain at Sambor Prei Kuk.  Photo: Dy Puthik.

Prumsodun Ok is a bridge-building artist, teacher, and writer committed to the positive transformation of our world.  His interdisciplinary performances contemplate the “avant-garde in antiquity,” and have been presented at the Department of Performing Arts (Cambodia), Bangkok Theatre Festival Asia Focus (Thailand), Za-Koenji (Japan), Teatro Benito Juarez (Mexico), bhive (Greece), and REDCAT (United States).  His 2013 book Moni Mekhala and Ream Eyso was reviewed in the Asian Theatre Journal as “a sampeah kru ritual of a sort: an offering to teachers living and deceased and to Moni Mekhala [the Goddess of the Ocean] herself.”  In addition, he has brought together a diverse group of artists, scholars, and activists from across the United States for Children of Refugees, a platform of talks and performances which sought to raise awareness for the Syrian refugee crisis. 

 

Ok is the recipient of grants and fellowships from TED, MAP Fund, and Surdna Foundation, and has been a guest speaker and choreographer at California Institute of the Arts, UCLA, Santa Monica College, and Rajabhat University among others.  He was also associate artistic director of Khmer Arts, a member of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’s Board of Directors, and an artist in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York.  Ok is the founding artistic director of Prumsodun Ok and NATYARASA, and was named an LGBT+ Creative Leader of Tomorrow for The Dots's and WeTransfer's Championing Diversity Initiative.