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Punnasak Sukee, a prominent artist of Thai Modern Theatre,

has relentlessly created critically acclaimed theatre productions for both national and international stages for almost three decades.

He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dramatic Arts from prestigious Chulalongkorn University and Master of Arts in Drama and Theatrical Production (Directing and Playwriting) from The University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

While in the States, his highly experimental piece “Madanabadha:The Romance of the Rose” , a mixture of Thai Traditional Theatre and western improvisational technique, received a great reception from american audiences, apart from his unique style of directing Beckett’s dramatic works which is his expertise. His short play “Silence” was included in Kathelyn George“Playwriting:The First Workshop”, published by Focal Press which has been used as a playwriting textbook nationwide.

His directing credits range from Classical to Broadway Musical; Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night Dream, Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Miller’s After the Fall, Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Endgame,Come and Go, Genet’s The Balcony, Simon’s Lost in Yonkers, Hwang’s M. Butterfly, Ebbs & Kander’s Cabaret, Schwartz’s Pippin, Mc’Nally’s Full Monty, Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, O’ Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, to name a few. Original written Thai Musical includes the adaptation of 2 Thai national artists’ works; Seefah’s “Khao Nok Na “ and Chart Kobjitti “Kam Pipaksa”.

His original plays was also seen in Asia and Europe; I Shall Ride the Rainbow When I Grow up, Dancing to Nirvana, Dear Death, Kafka and I and the Agony of Being in the Seemingly Democratic Country where the Society Is Doomed to Collapse.

Punnasak has written and directed monumental projects of Thai theatre history as tribute to King Bhumibhol Adulayadej, sponsored by Thai Government. In 2006 , he directed “Mahajanaka, The Grand Musical” , to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of The King’s accession to the throne. The show was staged on the biggest space of The Impact Arena with the biggest cast and drew the biggest audience. The show also toured the country in the following year. In 2013, he directed “Klai Kang Won, Musical on the Beach”, a full-scale musical extravaganza staged on the picturesque beach for the first time. The show also drew audience from all over the country and still has the possibility of revival due to popular demand.

Punnasak Sukee is now an Assistant Professor in Performing Arts, Chairperson of The Department of Performing Arts and Artistic Director of BU Theatre Company, Bangkok University. Thailand.

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