A Closer Look at Performing Arts in Chiang Mai

The Budding Dramaturgs of Chiang Mai University

I knew close to nothing about Thai theatre when I landed in Chiang Mai in early March, but I was eager to find what I could while I was here. As an English major in university, I read a lot of early modern and 18th century work, which meant a lot of plays — it totally changed my outlook on performances. After reading scripts beyond Shakespeare, it became apparent that theatre was used to do a lot more than just tell stories. Political commentary, social and societal norms…