MOCATalks: Do the Work

Tue, Mar 26, 2019 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm



Tickets are $15 and include wine and Museum admission. Members receive complimentary tickets. Not a Member? Join today!


Come face to face with three young theatre artists who hail from China and are making a name for themselves in the New York theater community. Explore different career paths in professional theater aside from acting, learn about what inspire them as theatre makers, and what they are working on next.


In collaboration with Yangtze Repertory Theatre.


Each participant would receive one free ticket to Yangtze Repertory Theatre’s upcoming production June is the First Fall (3/31-4/20, New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher St. #1E). Additional tickets can be purchased at


Chongren Fan is a New York-based bilingual stage director who was born and raised in Shanghai, China. He is the Artistic Director of Yangtze Repertory Theatre and Artist-in-Residence at Pan Asian Rep. Recent Directing Credits: Damon Chua’s The Emperor’s Nightingale (Theatre Row); Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s Romulus the Great(TBG Theatre); New York Premiere of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's 410[GONE](TFTNC). In 2016 he translated and directed the sold-out China Premiere of Marie Jones' Olivier Award Best Comedy Stones in His Pockets at Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre. Chongren is currently the Deputy General Manager of China Performing Arts Agency North America overseeing large scale live performances from China to Lincoln Center(NY), Kennedy Center(D.C.), and Dolby Theater(LA) among others. He was a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club, resident artist at Mabou Mines, Signature Theatre Alumnus and Resident Director at the Flea Theater. He has also been a guest lecturer at Barnard College. MFA Sarah Lawrence College.


Yilong Liu is a New York-based bilingual playwright, originally from Chongqing, China. Currently, he is a resident playwright at The Flea Theatre and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre's OBIE-Award winning playwrights group Youngblood. Awards include Kennedy Center's Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award (The Book of Mountains and Seas), Paula Vogel Playwriting Award (June is The First Fall, 2nd place), National Partners of the American Theatre Award for Playwriting, and Po’okela Award for Best New Play (both for Joker). He is an EST/Sloan New Play Commission recipient, a SPACE on Ryder Farm resident, and the Asian Pacific American Friends of The Theatre Playwright Scholarship awardee. His work has been produced or developed at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, East West Players, Queens Theatre, FringeNYC, Union Theatre (London), CAATA, New Ohio Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre Center, and others. Liu completed his MFA studies in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Sally Shen is a New York-based theater producer and administrator originally from Beijing, China. She is the Business Development Manager at Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and Executive Director at Yangtze Repertory Theatre. As an independent producer, her recent New York producing credits include Frontiéres sans Frontières at The Bushwick Starr - named by New York Magazine one of “The 10 Best Theatrical Productions of 2017;” Le Problème at American Players Theatre part of the Araca Project 2015; and Ain’t Gonna Make It at ArsNova's ANT FEST 2014. She was the Management Fellow at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2013, working directly with Managing Director Susan Medak. Sally was the former Executive Director of Solar Troupe, a theatre ensemble in Beijing dedicated to new works between 2007 and 2011. Prior to coming to the United States, Sally worked as a PR consultant at Ogilvy Public Relations. She received an MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama and an MBA from Yale School of Management.


Yangtze Repertory Theatre celebrates and inspires artists who are global citizens through producing work that evokes conversations across cultures. The company, founded in 1992 by Maryknoll Sister Joanna Chan and currently led by Chongren Fan, Artistic Director, and Sally Shen, Executive Director, has been a welcoming home for artists (most notably of Chinese heritage) whose work is not readily seen in the U.S. and supported them to launch their professional careers in NYC. Yangtze Rep has been responsible for the New York debuts of many artists, most notably Gao Xingjian, the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Literature. The company sees the world through a contemporary perspective and produces work that has immediacy. By bringing a unique voice to the cultural dialogue, they enrich the experience of the community they serve and position themselves at the nexus of ideas from East and West, striving to bridge the cultural gap between artists and organizations from different cultures through partnerships and collaboration.


* Only available for preview performances (3/31, 4/1, 4/3, 4/4 only), while supplies last. To redeem, please email at least 24 hours before performance time to request