Headlands Center for the Arts

Erika Chong Shuch

Berkeley, CA | performance/choreography/dance
Bay Area Fellowship Program 2021—2022


Erika Chong Shuch is a choreographer, director, and performance maker interested in expanding the way performance is created and shared. Shuch’s work spans devised experimental performance and social practice, and produces unexpected forms of audience engagement.

Shuch’s original works have been presented and commissioned in the Bay Area and beyond since 2000. She co-founded For You, a performance group that brings strangers together for intimate encounters and considers performance making as gift-giving. As a response to COVID-19, For You launched Artists & Elders, an ongoing project that brings artists and elders together to combat isolation via shared creative exchange. Erika’s work has been supported by Creative Capital, New England Foundation for the Arts, and others. Erika works as a choreographer for regional theaters across the country.

Selected Works

For You (Erika Chong Shuch, Rowena Richie, and Ryan Tacata), Artists & Elders, 2020-current.


For You (Erika Chong Shuch, Rowena Richie, and Ryan Tacata), First Things First, 2019-20. Commissioned by the Momentary, Bentonville, AR. Community Collaborators: The Bentonville West High School Band, NWA Roller Derby, Atlas the Restaurant.


Iron Shoes, 2018. Co-created, Directed and Choreographed by Erika Chong Shuch with Composer Janet Kutulas, Playwright Michelle Carter, and Kitka, a women’s vocal arts ensemble inspired by traditional songs and vocal techniques from Easten Europe and Eurasia.


Chorus of Stones, 2011. Choreographed and directed by Erika Chong Shuch. Commissioned by Daejeon Metropolitan Dance Theater, South Korea.


Sitting in a Circle, 2012. Choreographed and directed by Erika Chong Shuch. Produced by Intersection for the Arts.

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