Quanta Professor of Chinese Culture

Claire Conceison (康开丽) is Quanta Professor of Chinese Culture and Professor of Theater Arts. She is a scholar, translator, and director. Her areas of research and teaching are contemporary Chinese theater, cross-cultural exchange and performance, Asian American theatre, translation, and sport as performance. She earned her A.M. in Regional Studies—East Asia from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from Cornell University. Publications include the books Significant Other: Staging the American in China (University of Hawaii, 2004) examining representations of Americans on the Chinese stage from 1987-2002, and Voices Carry: Behind Bars and Backstage During China's Revolution and Reform (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009; Chinese version 水流云在:英若诚自传 CITIC 2009), the autobiography of the late Chinese actor and cultural diplomat Ying Ruocheng. She is editor of the anthology I Love XXX and Other Plays  by Meng Jinghui (Seagull Books, 2017). She wrote the introduction to the new edition of Arthur Miller’s 1984 book ‘Death of a Salesman’ in Beijing (Bloomsbury, 2015). Her chapter “Eating Red: Performing Maoist Nostalgia in Beijing’s Revolution-Themed Restaurants” appears in Food and Theatre on the World Stage, edited by Dorothy Chansky and Ann White (Routledge, 2015). Recent translations include Gao Xingjian’s play Ballade Nocturne from French into English (Sylph Editions, 2010), and Meng Jinghui’s Rhinoceros in Love for the BBC (2014). Her articles have been published in TDR, Theatre Journal, Asian Theatre Journal, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, and other journals. As a director, she has staged student productions of contemporary Chinese and Asian American plays at several American universities. She was selected as an Oriental Scholar Distinguished Professor at Shanghai Theatre Academy (2015-2018) by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

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