Accomplished arts manager with over 15 years experience in the arts and culture industry with a focus on performing arts. Portfolio of achievements includes producing strong and solid performing arts programs, raising arts and cultural organization’s international profile and securing government/corporate funding for large scale cultural projects. Proactive manager, tactical planner and effective communicator of extensive industry networks and resources (performing arts organizations, arts councils and festivals) around the world. Multilingual (four languages). MA, Columbia University.
Programming and curation
China Market Advisor, Australia Council for the Arts
2021 - present
Providing market intelligence about China by engaging influencers in different arts genres covering theater, visual arts, film, literature and etc.
Consultant and Manager, Goethe Institute
2020 - present
Conducting a comprehensive research about disability and inclusion in East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea) and managing Diverse As We Are (DAWA) – International Festival of Inclusive Culture and The Hidden Project, a creative lab on curation and access in East Asia and China.
Founder & CEO, West Capital Culture
2018 - present
Key projects include the 5th Shanghai International Comedy Festival with SMG Live in partnership with Shanghai Huangpu District and the Yue Opera Town in Shengzhou with a total investment of USD 790 million by Greentown, Hangzhou.
Director, International Programming, Great Theatre of China
2017 - 2018
Leading the international programming of the Great Theatre of China, a centrally located 800 seat playhouse in Shanghai firstly opened in 1930 and reopened in June 2018. Curating its three-month opening season with 12 productions totaling 50 performances and series of educational events. Total operation budget of RMB 10 million.
China Representative, Modern Māori Quartet
2016 - present
Producing and managing the award winning New Zealand based vocal group’s three China tours, covering 30 cities across the country in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Dealing with various aspects of management such as programming, scheduling, contracting, marketing and promotion.
Head of International Programming, Wuzhen Theatre Festival
2016 - 2017
Directly appointed by TIAN Qinxin, Artistic Director of the Festival 2017 to oversee the programming of the 14 international theatre productions - highlights are Katie Mitchell’s Shadow, Eurydice Speaks from Schaubühne Berlin and Eugene Onegin from the legendary Russian theatre company, Vakhtangov Theatre. Taking responsibility for all aspects of the international programming including program selection, contract negotiation, securing funding/grants and planning of performance schedule/promotion.
Networks Officer / Arts Consultant
British Council, Shanghai and New York
2005 - 2014
Managing Connections through Culture, a long-term program to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organizations, supporting long-lasting relationships between China and the UK. I oversee a sound network of 200+ arts organizations in China and the UK, organize several networking study tours/seminars per year to bring Chinese and British arts professionals together, and supervise three rounds of development grants annually to enable professional development for individuals and institutions in both countries.
Columbia University, United States
MA in Arts Administration (full scholarship), 2014 - 2016
Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
Certificate in International Business Studies (full scholarship), 2004 - 2005
Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, China
BA in English Language and International Business, 2001 - 2005