Kimberly Chin

Professor, Theatre Arts


Kimberly Chin, Professor of Theatre, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (credential option) at CSU, Fresno. She also attended the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her focus at UNLV was playwriting. Professor Chin’s thesis play Home Front documented American life during WWII. She was a G.R.E.A.T. Assistantship Grant Award Recipient for Home Front. Her play adaptation of the book Passages: An Anthology of the Southeast Asian Refugee Experience was saluted on the floor of Congress and helped pass a California Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 80 declaring June 13 as Southeast Asian Awareness Day. Passages… toured California, Hawai’i, and various cities in Japan. Professor Chin also acted in Passages… and functioned as an Acting Coach as well. Her play The Limousine Ride won a Fourth Freedom Forum Playwright Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts. Some of the plays Professor Chin has directed at Bakersfield College include: Latins Anonymous, Bordertown, Topdog/Underdog, The Laramie Project, Execution of Justice, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, This is How it Goes, Sense & Sensibility, Living Out, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Flea in Her Ear, Rhinoceros, The Metromaniacs, 1984, The Boys in The Band, 12 Angry Jurors, and the Live Zoom Webinar virtual production of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information. Plays directed and adapted for BC include: The Conference of The Birds, Trojan Women, The Birds, and R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots). Professor Chin has taught Introduction to Acting, Theatre Acting Lab, Introduction to Theatre History, Elements of Acting, Introduction to Film Studies, and Contemporary Film Studies courses at Bakersfield College for over 21 years. Throughout that time, she has been the advisor to the BC Theatre Club and a member of Women’s History Month and More (WHAM). Some of the plays she’s directed for WHAM are The Vagina Monologues, Dramatic Reading: Violence in The Lives of Women, and A Piece of My Heart. Professor Chin is also the advisor to the BC Cinema Society and was recently appointed to the ISIT Committee. She has also offered workshops in Playwriting, Movement, and Yoga at Bakersfield College. Professor Chin is a member of The Dramatist Guild and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).