Yan Chen

Yan Chen
editor - Transcultural Collaborations

Yan Chen is a graduate student in Dramaturgy and Theater Studies at the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. She has developed work at the A.R.T. and the A.R.T. Institute, Harvard University Theater, Dance & Media, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, the Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop, Emerson Stage, and the Chinese Universities Shakespeare Festival. Her dramaturgical work has been recognized by awards from ATHE and KCACTF/LMDA. Her writings and translations have appeared in Playbill, HowlroundThe Theatre Times, Texas Theatre Journal, and the A.R.T. Guide. She received her theatre education in China, the US, the UK, Russia, and Poland, including a residency at the Moscow Art Theatre School, and an Erasmus Mundus Lotus Unlimited scholarship to study at the University of Kent from the European Commission.

The House That Geoff Sobelle Built: Questioning The Fundamentals Of Everyday Life In “Home”

In Home, Geoff Sobelle and company, under the skillful direction of Lee Sunday Evans, create a spectacle of growth and multiplication, shift and change that challenge perceived ideas of ownership, community, and hospitality. The show starts small, with a man (played by Sobelle) trying to build a house out of wooden frames, but expands soon enough through the stage illusions of illusion designer Steve Cuiffo. Appearing out of thin air, a bed and a door are the first fragments of an individual’s memory of home and family to the surface, which the company uses for vanishing acts. The escalation...

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The Serendipitous Path of a U.S.-Russia Theatre Ambassador: An Interview with John Freedman

John Freedman was Theatre Critic at The Moscow Times from 1992 to 2015 and is currently Assistant to the Artistic Director at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre in Moscow. In the interview below, Freedman reflects on over twenty-five years as a critic, scholar, and translator on the Moscow theatre scene, recounts efforts to bring about U.S.-Russia theatre exchange, and explores the artistic sensibilities behind the Electrotheatre’s unorthodox, distinctive, and magnetic repertoire. Yan Chen (YC): When you first came to Moscow to do research for your Ph.D dissertation, were you interested in the contemporary Russian theatre scene from the very start? John...

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