Scholar Class – 2010 - 2011
Krystal Banzon is an interdisciplinary theatre artist/director/producer with an academic background in government and gender studies. A first generation Filipina American born and raised in Fontana, California, Krystal now lives in New York City, but also calls the many islands of the Philippines her home. Krystal deeply believes in cultural production as a force for social change, and her experiences as a queer woman of color have helped her bridge her two loves, art and social justice. Her passion lies in facilitating the artistic vision of women artists, queer artists, and artists of color, and in the development of inter/trans national and inter/trans cultural collaborations. Enthusiastic about producing and directing new and contemporary work and developing works-in-progress, Krystal strives to do her part in broadening the scope of commercial theatre and exposing audiences to new and underrepresented narratives. Krystal was a 2007-2008 US Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines in Theater Arts, and she has worked with several multicultural theatre companies such as New WORLD Theater, Kinding Sindaw, Ma-Yi Theater Company, the National Asian American Theatre Company, and INTAR's Hispanic Theatre Collective. Krystal is currently attending the graduate program in Interactive Telecommunications (ITP) at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. At ITP, Krystal is working to discover new ways of storytelling through imagining, exploring, and challenging the future of technology in theatrical performance, as well as the direction of entertainment and media as a source of artistic and creative cultural production.