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.
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.
Current & Upcoming:
• The Việt Writers Lab launched in January 2021 with Diana Ly, Katie Do, Nghĩa xuân ái Nguyên, Tom Dang, Jessica Lưu, and Nam Nguyen. Currently in development with presentations of work in June.
• 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 will present works inspired by a facilitated story sharing process focusing on Vietnamese and Black solidarity, social justice, and community connection.