Marcus Young

Collaborating Director

Marcus Young 楊墨 is a behavioral and social practice artist making work for the stage, museums, and the public realm. He seeks new tones of belonging and liberation through design of behavioral and social forms, and shifts in systems and awareness that turn things into art. He created “Don’t You Feel It Too?” — an ongoing participatory street dance practice of social healing and inner-life liberation. From 2006 to 2015, he was City Artist in St. Paul, where he helped redefine the role of the artist in government as daily collaborator. His project, “Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk,” transformed the city’s sidewalk maintenance program into a publishing entity for poetry. Museum work includes “With Nothing to Give, I Give Myself” — living 10 days around-the-clock at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to foster the understanding that people are the great overlooked works of art. Born in Hong Kong, Young has a BA in music from Carleton College and an MFA in theater from the University of Minnesota. He is a recipient of awards from the McKnight, Bush, and Jerome Foundations. He received the 2016 Forecast Public Art Mid-Career Grant, given to one artist a year. “Shyamali” is his sixth production with Ananya Dance Theater.