Past Event

Columbia University Student Drama Forum & Workshop

July 10, 2021 - July 11, 2021
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing



Time: July 10, 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM | July 11, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Beijing)

Columbia University Student Drama Forum & Drama Workshop is organized by Columbia Blue Glaze Theatre Society, a student-run theatre group that mainly focuses on highlighting Chinese culture, under the guidance of Columbia Global Centers | Beijing.

This two-day event aims to provide a platform for students who are interested in drama to communicate and perform, and hope that through round-table talks with professionals, participants can further learn about and fall in love with drama. The forum invites six drama and theatre scholars of Barnard College, Emory University, and Tsinghua University to discuss the past, present, and future of the industry. The workshop allows participants to rehearse with six experienced Chinese directors and perform their signature works by the end of the second day.


Drama Forum Panelists


William B. Worthen

William B. Worthen
Alice Brady Pels Professor in the Arts, Chair at Department of Theatre, Barnard College



Sandra Goldmark

Sandra Goldmark
Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Department of Theatre, Barnard College


Lydia Fort

Lydia Fort
Professor of African American Theatre and Eco-Theatre, Emory University




Guisheng Fu

Guisheng Fu
Lecturer at Art Education Center, Tsinghua University



Ziying Wang

Ziying Wang
Founder of Theatre Company 'Dramaroni'


Xiaowei Zhou

Xiaowei Zhou
Musical Director, Screenwriter, Translator, and Actress


Drama Forum Topics
  • Theatre in higher education
  • Integration of traditional (Chinese) culture in works of theatre
  • Movie adaptions of works of theatre
  • Career development/prospects for theatre actors/directors/writers
  • The status quo and outlook of imported theatre in China
  • Thoughts on the commercialization of theatre
  • Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the status quo and future of theatre worldwide
  • The rise of IP-based works of theatre
  • Balancing originality and the demands of the capital market


Drama Workshop Directors and Works
  • Yuqing WANGSix Characters in Search of an Author
  • Xianrong (Clive) GU, The Chicken-Rabbit Problem
  • Yongfei (Wilson) WANG & Yuhan (Lynn) LIU, The Sewers
  • Zhuo XUE, Othello's Seven Faces
  • Bangyi WANG, Eugene Onegin




Location: Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

  • 10:00 AM - Registration & Icebreaker Games
  • 2:00 PM - Drama Forum
  • 6:00 PM - Drama Workshop Rehearsal


Location: Xicheng District Courtyard, No. 25, Xiaoyuan Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing

  • 10:00 AM - Drama Workshop Rehearsal
  • 8:00 PM - Performance and Closing Remarks