Eric Ting is Associate Artistic Director at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT. For Long Wharf, Ting has directed the world premieres of Aditi Kapil’s Agnes Under Big Top and The Old Man and the Sea (which he also co-adapted),January Joiner, Sylvia, Bad Dates, Italian American Reconciliation, The Bluest Eye (co-production with Hartford Stage), Underneath the Lintel, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play and his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth –Macbeth(1969). Other work includes Donald Margulies’s Shipwrecked: An Entertainment…(Shakespeare Santa Cruz), A.R.T.’s production of Anna Deavere Smith’s Let Me Down Easy, The Little Prince (Roundhouse Theatre) and puppet design for Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers (Opera Boston). In 2012 he directed the world premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South-West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 (Victory Gardens, Chicago & Soho Rep, NYC) and dancer/choreographer Nora Chipaumire’s Miriam (BAM, 2012).
Developmental workshops include Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate (Vineyard Arts Project), Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s A Soldier’s Tale (Marin Theatre), Lina Patel’s Love Play (Yale Rep) and We Are Proud… featured at the 2011 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He has also directed workshops and readings for the LARK, the Public Theater, Hartford Stage, Prelude NYC and ACT (San Francisco).
Ting has been a teaching artist for the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Center and the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp (the oldest such program in the nation). He has led playwriting workshops for survivors of domestic violence, and spearheaded a four-year association with the Scotts Run Settlement House (WV) After School Program for underprivileged children.
Ting’s work has been presented internationally, including France, Canada, Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Bali. He is a founding member of the artists’ collective INTELLIGENT BEASTS. Ting has served on multiple grant and fellowship panels including the Jerome Foundation and the NEA. Personal awards and grants include a TCG New Generations Future Leaders fellowship and a Jerome & Roslyn Milstein Meyer Career Development Prize.
“Eric Ting is perhaps the most gifted young director in our midst” – The Hartford Courant
“Too few women playwrights deal directly with politics in the their work. Some may have bought into the cliché that women are better at writing character than they are at writing plot – and what is politics if not plot-driven? Jackie Sibblies Drury refutes this notion, and so much else, in her grand play We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South-West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 (directed by Eric Ting, at the Victory Gardens, in Chicago). The show provides a thrilling opportunity to see both a serious new talent developing her voice and what an inspiring director can do to encourage it. The piece is about theatre, and how to “play” politics onstage – the politics, in this case, being the history of conquest and colonization in Namibia….Ting is a magician who doesn’t have to pull anything out of a hat: it’s all there in the script. What he’s terrific at is making stage pictures that no only frame Drury’s big thoughts and bigger imagination but ground them so that the actors can take off.” – The New Yorker