The Kunqu Society
Founded in 1988 and incorporated in 1989, the Kunqu Society is a non-profit corporation with the mission of studying, preserving, and promoting kunqu, a genre of traditional Chinese theatre proclaimed as one of the “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001.
For the interest of the general public and cultural and academic communities in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. and beyond, the Kunqu Society has developed and offers the following public programs and activities: a) free or low-cost kunqu performances; b) lectures/demonstrations of kunqu; c) weekly Kunqu Workshop classes; and d) research and publication. Since its inception, the Society has organized and presented more than one hundred and eighty public programs, including more than forty full-length kunqu performances. The Society also continues to hold Kunqu Workshop classes on a regular basis. In addition, the Society has sponsored and produced kunqu CDs and DVDs (STORE).
The public programs of the Kunqu Society are made possible with the support from NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) and DCA (New York City Department of Cultural Affairs).