There are three core aspects to the Gwangju Performance Project (GPP): First, they were founded as, and still act as, an amateur theatre company; second, they provide opportunities to explore other areas of the performing arts through workshops – on topics such as juggling, acting basics, stage makeup, and music theory – and special interest groups – such as their choir and improv troupe; third, they aim to facilitate the projects of other artists in Gwangju by sharing their resources, advertising space, and knowledge of available facilities in the area.
Do they travel to other cities with their performances?
GPP has yet to go “on tour,” however they performed in Busan in 2014 for Shakespeare in the Park and performed an original play at the Ulsan Big Day South festival in 2015.
What kinds of performances do the GPP engage in?
They engage in a range of projects. In terms of theatre, they have performed both comedy and drama. They have also successfully held cabaret nights, had the choir perform at a geek convention (Alleycon 2014), and facilitated poetry slams. In 2015 they produced their first musical, The Last 5 Years. They are also giving Shakespeare a try with an abridged version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in November.
What level of experience is required to join?
No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a willingness to work and play hard. All are welcome (foreigners and Koreans)!