Dr Yun-Cheol Kim is a professor at School of Drama, Korean National University of the Arts. He is president of the International Association of Theatre Critics.
As a freelance writer, he has been contributing theatre reviews and critical essays to all the major national daily newspapers, weeklies, and theatre journals. Now he is the editor-in-chief of the IATC Webjournal Critical Stages.
He has published ten books, out of which two are collections of theatre reviews, Are We Moving into the Era of the Theatre of the Ugly?, and Between Chaos and Hybridity. He was awarded Critic of the Year twice, in 1994 and 2005.
In 2008, he received from the Korean government the Medal of Culture for his contribution to the development of Korean theatre and criticism. He is now commissioned to write a book on contemporary Korean theatre in English, which will be published in 2014.
In July, 2013, he was appointed as director/chairman of the Korea National Archive of the Arts.