The Sống Collective

A NYC theatre collective

Our History

The Sống Collective was founded by Vietnamese Theatre artists: David Lee Huynh, Carolina Do, and Jonathan Castanien, in the spring of 2019 as a response to the United States’ sharp cuts to refugee resettlement in the face of a global refugee crisis.

Our Mission

The Sống Collective’s mission is to reclaim the Vietnamese American narrative by creating development and performance opportunities for emerging artists of color. We nurture a community of artists whose work explores questions of identity, race, intersectionality, immigration, and the refugee experience. We are dedicated to telling stories that dare to subvert preconceptions of Asian Americans.

Recent and Upcoming:

• The Việt Writers Lab launched in January 2021 with Diana Ly, Katie Do, Nghĩa X Nguyên, Tom Dang, Jessica Lưu, and Nam Nguyen. The writers experienced a 6 month holistic approach culminating in a digital festival of 6 new works with over 40 artists nationally.

• Selected to present a new iteration of Collective Stories as part of Wayward Voices‘ inaugural season. In August, a group of Black and Vietnamese artists presented works inspired by a facilitated story sharing process focusing on Vietnamese and Black solidarity, social justice, and community connection.

• We are currently taking a break from producing to strategize for 2022. Stay tuned for more in the later half of the year.