• My China adventure continues!

    Welcome to my new blog cataloging my adventures, reflections, and daily experiences during my time in China. From September 2010 through June 2011, I spent the year in Shanghai on a Fulbright grant researching participatory theater and theater education in China. From September 2011 through June 2012, I will continue to teach and research in China as a graduate student at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. See my "About" page for more info about this blog. To sign up for regular updates, leaver your information in the box at the bottom of a post and select the "Notify me of new posts via email" box. Thanks for stopping by!

“The Pillowman” reading at Rock Bund Art Museum in Shanghai

In partnership with Shanghai’s 3rd Culture Theater and Shanghai Rock Bund Art Museum, I am directing a Chinese-language reading of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman.  The performance will take place at Rock Bund on December 24th at 3pm.

Problem Solving in Paradise

I spent the last week of November in Shangrila in northern Yunnan province.  Only a decade ago, Shangrila, then called Zhongdian, was a small Tibetan town situated in an alpine valley.  Then, in 2001, the government decided to develop the city and boost tourism by renaming the city “Shangrila,” thereby invoking the mystical utopia depicted … Continue reading

The Confucius Project — You too can Jingju!

During September I served as a coordinator and group leader for the Cambridge School of Weston’s Confucius Project – a month long tour and study of traditional Chinese theater in Mainland China.  The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive private high school located outside of Boston (see http://www.csw.org/confucius for more info).  This past spring … Continue reading

Can “xiqu” survive?

Notes from the 33rd Annual International Theatre Institute World Congress in Xiamen, China This past week I attended the bi-annual ITI World Congress in Xiamen, southeastern China.  The ITI is one of the largest international theater networks comprised by delegations in over 60 countries and administered under the umbrella of UNESCO.  I attended the congress … Continue reading

This is how we do it

Over the past month or so, I’ve been collaborating with the Rock Bund Art Museum to organizing a series of performance workshops called “This is how I do it.”  All together I organized three performance workshops that aimed to serve as a platform for the public to engage with Chinese artists about their work.  Each … Continue reading

Footloose in Hongkou

Tonight I went to Lai Lai Dance Hall in Hongkou district with some friends.  While there are several gay bars in Shanghai, Lai Lai is a gay social venue unlike any other. The hall opened in 2001 and offers a uniquely discreet and traditionally Chinese way for older Chinese gay men to mingle. The hall … Continue reading

Get Down on Your Hands and Knees

This semester, every class I teach begins with mopping the floor.  Well, not really.  It’s much more than mopping.  It’s more like a glorified floor-scrubbing /yoga/meditative/stretching ritual.  My students and I each grab a scrap of rag, wet it in our bucket, and kneel on the floor.  With our first exhalation, we extend our arms … Continue reading

Entry Point 介入点

I learned a Chinese phrase recently: 介入点.  The first verb, “jieru,” means to intervene, get involved, or enter.  “Dian” means point or spot.  I would translate the phrase as “entry-point.”  When any artist goes about creating their work, they need an “entry-point.”  In one sense, this “entry-point” is practical, it may literally be the first … Continue reading