2017 Winter Institute at Shanghai Theatre Academy


2017 Winter Institute at Shanghai Theatre Academy

January 4th through 13th

Hosted by Shanghai Theatre Academy and

Co-sponsored by Brown, MIT, NYU & Yale Universities


Scholars, practitioners, and students from all over the world will be gathering in Shanghai for the sixth time to share their experiences and expertise, to explore the physical, theoretical, and theatrical geographies of contemporary performance, and to contribute to the ongoing transformation of this city and other, similar places in the world.


Topics of lectures, seminars, and workshops will cover:

  • Creating theatre in various forms

  • Writing, performing and design skills

  • Media arts

  • Intercultural performance


    Faculty will include:

    Brown University

  • Matthew Gutmann - lecture: Looking for the Animal: Anthropomorphism Between Theatre and Anthropology


    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Claire Conceison - lecture: China through the Lens (and Pens) of Asian American Playwrights: David Henry Hwang and Others; workshop: China Scenes from Asian American Plays

  • Caleb Hammond – workshop: A Physical Approach to Character Work; lecture: Overview of Historical Use of Video/Projection, Current Practitioners of Video/Projection

    New York University

  • Chris P. Jaehnig - workshop: Designing Scenery for Albee, lecture: Charette Process for Designing a Theater Building

  • Robert Landy - workshop: Devising Player-Based Interpersonal and Cross-Cultural Plays

  • Louis Scheeder -workshop: Acting Albee

    Yale University

  • David Budries - lecture/workshop: Sound Design and Composition for Theatre

  • Grace Zandarski – workshop: Voice Training for Actors and Social Performers


    Shanghai Theatre Academy and Special Guests

    David Bridel (USC, USA) – workshop: The Art of Movement and Clowning

    Chen Sihe (Fudan U) – lecture: New Height of Shanghai Novel: Wang Anyi’s Heavenly Fragrance

    Guo Yu (STA) –lecture: Stage Configurations of Intercultural Theatre

    Huang Changyong (STA) – lecture: The Urban and the Rural: Confrontational & Complimentary

    Lu Ang (STA) – lecture: What Contributions Chinese Theatre Can Make to the World Today?

    Shi Chuan (STA) – lecture: Contemporary Approaches to Film Adaptations of Classical Novels

    Tan Dun (Oscar winning composer) – Music of/with/by Water

    Xu Jiali, etc. (STA) – workshop: Intro to Beijing Opera Acting

    Yang Yang (ECNU) – lecture: Literary Experiences of Shanghai: Macroscopic and Mundane



Besides the lectures and workshops, STA will offer performance events including:

The enrolment capacity is up to total of 60 students, international and Chinese. Tuition fees for students from the six sponsoring universities will be waived. Students from other universities can participate for a nominal tuition fee of US $2,000 and outstanding students may apply for tuition scholarship from STA. Hotel stays (within walking distance) can be arranged for students by STA staff at a cost of approximately $35 per person per day in a double room. Meal subsidy will be provided for enrolled students.

Deadline of application: December 15, 2016

Means of application: through email / fax, on confirmation of receipt

Please refer to the application form attached


International Cooperation Office, Shanghai Theatre Academy

Tel: 86-21-6248 6050; Fax: 86-21-6248 5596

Student Application:

Email: stainstitute@hotmail.com

Fax: 86-21-6248 5596