Joe Ngo's WORDS WORDS...selected for Barn Arts Collective Residency

Actor, writer, musician Joe Ngo.

Actor, writer, musician Joe Ngo.

Leviathan artist Joe' Ngo has been selected for a week-long residency at Barn Arts Collective in Maine to develop his solo performance work WORDS WORDS... which will culminate in a public showing of the work at one of Barn Arts performance spaces from October 8 – 15. Leviathan Lab will be a producing partner of the piece.

In WORDS WORDS..., Joe explores the connection between language, cultural heritage, and memory after a conversation with his Cambodian refugee mother, fraught with mutual misunderstanding, threatens their loving bond. As Joe struggles to find the right words in his native Teo Chew language, new ways of finding connection emerge, even as both he and his mother assert their cultural pride and emotional resilience against forces that continually attempt to erase and subsume their original identities.



The Barn Arts Collective creates and encourages community through the practice and presentation of live arts events. The mission of the organization is three-fold:

  • To create original works of theatre for audiences of all ages
  • To organize and engage the local community in performing arts education
  • To provide residencies for artists making new works of performance

The Barn Arts Collective has performed and taught at schools, camps, libraries, community centers, and in Acadia National Park. The work takes the form of theatre productions, concerts, discussions, film screenings, workshops and variety shows and uses elements of music, film, puppetry, comedy, drama, and dance.

Ariel Estrada