HUANG Ying Stage Director
Theatre director HUANG Ying is honoured as a “leader of young Chinese directors” by the Chinese media for his traditional Chinese art fundamentals and international perspective, and success in combining classical aesthetics with avant-garde elements. He has directed 38 plays with a good reputation. His representative works such as Macbeth, A Pipe Dream and To Be Continued have toured many countries and regions including France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan, winning high praise and support from international theatre masters and experts. Each of his works is an examination and revolution of the previous one, so in the Chinese theatrical circles, he is known for giving “every work a unique style”.
XU Weixin Playwright
XU Weixin, a graduate of the Department of Directing, Beijing Film Academy, is an experienced playwright, director and executive director. As a playwright and director, XU Weixin has created works including Life on the Stage, The Fox, Gold! Gold! and The Sheep living on the 21st Floor. As a playwright, she has created Master, a crosstalk drama commissioned by the Beijing Traditional Folk Arts Troupe. She has also served as executive director of works including Paradise Club and Cross-Dimension Love.
ZHANG Kunpeng Set Designer
As a young set designer, ZHANG Kunpeng currently works at the NCPA. He graduated from the Central Academy of Drama as a major in art design of drama, film and television. He is a master’s degree candidate. His works won the Gold Award for Set Design in National Drama Culture Award and “Best International Musical Award” in the Daegu International Musical Festival.
He is a set designer for the NCPA productions Giannni Schicchi, Crossroads, The Birds, The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other representative works include stage dramas Twenty-Nine, Corn Field, The Cat Who Wanted to Become a Man (Chinese Version), Xiaobei’s Bookcase, Two Ants on the Road, and Fu Shou Quan; Beijing-style dramas Peking Opera ･ Insight, Leading Artist; Peking Opera work Painting of the Ugly Five and Pretty Four; musical commissions Painted Skin, The Romance of West Chamber, etc.
HAN Dong Lighting Designer
HAN Dong is the Head of Lighting Arts at the School of Theatre, Film and TV, Communication University of China, holding a Master’s degree in lighting design from the Department of Stage Art, Central Academy of Drama. His representative works include dramas: Jujube Tree, To Be Continued, Cooking a Dream, Miss Julie, Break Gold, Stewed Pork Offal, In Search of the Supernatural, Chinese Class, Unfold the Year of 1990, Journey to the West, Dream Walker, Before the Horse!, Dim Sum, Two People’s French Dinner, and Premarital Guidebook; musicals The Addict, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Crazy KTV and West Side Story; dance dramas Drum on the East Border, Eighteen Springs, Anhui Opera Troupe and Floating Life.
HU Shuzhen Video Projection Designer
HU Shuzhen is a film editor, director and post-graduate student at the Department of Directing, Beijing Film Academy. HU Shuzhen has many years of experience in visual design, advertising, and post-production. She has served as an editor and edit director for many theatrical films. As an editor, she has worked for films including Seeking Mr. Right series, Lady of The Dynasty, Meet Miss Anxiety, Wrath of Silence and The Whistleblower.
NING Fangguo Costume Designer
NING Fangguo works at the NCPA. She graduated from the School of Fashion Design, Tsinghua University with a master’s degree. She has won the Silver Award and the Best Market Value Award in the China International Youth Fur Fashion Design Competition, the Top Ten Newcomer Award in the 10th “Shanshan Cup” Fashion Design Competition, and the Best Commercial Value Award in the Ming International Women’s Fashion Design Competition. She was the costume designer for the NCPA children’s opera The Fishman and the Goldfish, dramas A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Look West to Chang’an, musical drama The Beautiful Blue Danube – The Story of Johann Strauss’s 1872 US Tour, and the 2015 Concert of NCPA Commissioned Works. She has been the costume coordinator for many major national political performances and has been responsible for the costume coordination of over 50 productions of the NCPA. She is the author of Fashion Colour Matching, an undergraduate textbook for General High Education in the 13th Five-Year Plan.
LIN Ying Make-up Designer
LIN Ying works at the NCPA. She graduated from the Central Academy of Drama with a master’s degree in character design. She is a member of the Makeup Professional Committee of the China Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. She won the New Talent Award for Makeup Design at the 2018 iSTAN International Theatre Costume and Makeup Design Competition and was a winner at the 12th China Film and Television Makeup Awards in 2018. Her representative works include the NCPA Children’s opera commissions Effendi and The Fisherman and the Goldfish, dramas Look West to Chang’an, The Birds, Seeking for the Most Beautiful Voice: An Opera Concert for Children, CCTV’s Glorious Bloom, the Central Academy of Drama’s drama The Heavy Snow, dance dramas Zhaoxi, Two Cities, Dance of Emptiness, WAIT – The Maid, HI – Miss Julie, GO – The Three Sisters, Xia Xie Bo Wa: Awakening, White and Buddhist, Offering a Dance, Barbie Live!, musical Flying Fish at the tenth Liaoning Arts Festival, and the large-scale performance Ode to Hanzhong in Shaanxi Province. She has co-edited the books Behind the Scenes and on the Front Stage: NCPA Stage Art Exhibition, 2017 Activity Collection of Beijing Colleges and Universities Character Design Teaching Union and New Campus.
ZHANG Xiao Composer
ZHANG Xiao, who holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Acting, Central Academy of Drama, and Master’s degree in Musical from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, is a teacher of acting and vocal music at the Department of Musical Theatre, Central Academy of Drama. ZHANG Xiao’s representative works include dramas such as To Be Continued, Journey to the West, The Family, Weddings and Funerals, Premarital Guidebook and Unfold the Year of 1990; musicals such as Lucky Stiff, Fame and The Vision; commissioned musical Crazy KTV; music compositions such as Lonely Wolf, Promise of Love, A Little and Color of Taste.
WANG Zixiao Composer
WANG Zixiao, who holds a degree in Music Therapy from the Berklee College of Music and a degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, used to be a music therapist at Peking University Cancer Hospital, and now is Music Group Leader of the Liu Tianchi Performance Workshop and a teacher in the Children’s Group responsible for curriculum development and design. She is a composer of all the music in Dim Sum, a modern drama directed by HUANG Ying.
RONG Hua Sound Designer
RONG Hua works at the NCPA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recording Engineering from the Communication University of China and a Master’s degree in Theatre Design & Stagecraft from Beijing University of Technology. She has served as a sound designer and producer for many stage plays and also served as a sound designer for NCPA operas Xishi, Gianni Schicchi, Un Ballo in Maschera and A Village Teacher, Peking Opera Red Cliff for kids, children’s opera Effendi, and dramas A Doll’s House, Jane Eyre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Award Ceremony of the Second “Lotus Awards” China National Dance Competition, the Award for Excellent Children’s Stage Plays of Beijing City, and Fund for Excellent Plays by the China National Arts Fund. She has also attended the Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition (IBCC).