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Nikorn Sae Tang


Nikorn Sae Tang, one of the most important playwrights and directors of his generation in Thailand, has been referred to as "the future of Thai theater." A 1994 graduate of Thammasat University in Bangkok, Mr. Sae Tang trained from 1999 to 2000 at the legendary École International de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Since his return to Bangkok, Mr. Saw Tang has developed a reputation for intellectually rigorous work that digs deeply into the nature of contemporary society, the violence that plagues it, and the complex underlying factors at work. Dedicated to a message that is anti-violence and pro-peace, Mr. Sae Tang's theater company, 8 x 8, creates work he calls "Democrazy Theater" near Lumpini Park in downtown Bangkok. In 2010, in a sign of wider recognition for his work in Thailand, Mr. Sae Tang received the prestigious Silpathorn Award from the Contemporary Arts Section of Thailand's Ministry of Culture (the third performing artist to receive this award, after ACC grantees Pradit Prasathong and Pichet Klunchun.)

Grants Awarded

2012 | Theater | United States

ACC provided Mr. Sae-Tang with a six-month grant to participate in theater workshops, observe performing arts activities, and meet with theater professionals in the United States in fall 2012.


Performance / Thailand

Ocean's Blue Heart

November 3, 2016 - November 5, 2016

A collaboration of 4 ACC grantees telling the story of contemporary life and society in Asia with contemporary masks and shadow puppet theater.

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Grantees: Monthatip Suksopha, Narumol Thammapruksa, Nikorn Sae Tang

Performance / Philippines


January 27, 2018 - January 28, 2018

A humorous play about the trials and errors of Thai, Filipino, and Japanese people who share their countries with one another.

A young man is investigating the actual conditions of ‘Retire-men’, or Japanese people who move to southeast Asian countries. What lies behind their seemingly carefree and peaceful second lives? Then there are the people who struggle to accept “Retire-men”, and the harsh realities facing those who cross borders to find employment.

Can we all acknowledge our differences and live together?

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Grantees: Narumol Thammapruksa, Nikorn Sae Tang, Yayoi Shimizu, Yoji Sakate