Point Scholar 2010 – 2011
Krystal Banzon is a New York City based theater artist and director. She graduated with a BA in government and women’s studies from Smith College, and an MPS in interactive telecommunications, focusing on performance and technology/new media from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
She was a Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines in theater arts, an SDC Observer to Chay Yew at Playwrights Horizons, and an Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot US/UK directing exchange participant. She is one of the founding board members of Art2Action, an artist collective dedicated to innovative new work, creative community-based performances, and progressive cultural organizing.
Her passion lies in facilitating the artistic vision of women artists and artists of color, and in the development of inter/trans national and inter/trans cultural collaborations. Krystal is enthusiastic about producing and directing new and contemporary work and developing works-in-progress, and strives to do her part in broadening the scope of commercial theatre and exposing audiences to new and under-represented narratives.
Krystal's aesthetic interests lie in exploring new ways to tell stories, and in imagining the future of performance and the direction of entertainment and media as a source of creative cultural production. In addition to her traditional theatrical work, Krystal is also a multimedia artist, exploring the boundaries of theater and performance. In December 2010, she performed and directed "dys-tort," a performance and video piece about Filipino fantasies of home and the realities of displacement, created for the video wall at the InterActiveCorp Building in Chelsea. Her work, "the traumas that afflict a wandering tribe" is a performance and projection installation that was featured at the Asian Arts Initiative Artist Exchange in November 2011.