Jinghui Meng: Artistic Director Beijing Fringe Festival, WuZhen Theatre Festival, Beijing Bee Hive Theatre

11 October 2017

Around 45 young festival directors from all over the world are about to take part in the Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers in Shanghai. For them, it is the opportunity to exchange with experienced presenters. One of them is Jinghui Meng: Artistic Director for the Beijing Fringe Festival, the WuZhen Theatre Festival and the Beijing Bee Hive Theatre.

Jinghui Meng is China’s highly influential and celebrated theatre director. Mr. Meng is currently the Artistic Director for the Beijing Fringe Festival and the WuZhen Theatre Festival and the Beijing Bee Hive Theatre. He has become the touchstone for contemporary play production with his incisive wit and critical style, and brought new vitality to theatre. His extraordinary creativity and eclectic artistic style have become veritable cultural phenomena.

In addition to the plays named above, his representative stage plays include the following: Mermaid in the Backwater, The Maids, The Conquest of Happiness, Nine and half love, Brief einer Unbekannten, To Live, Guns Lies and Roses, Naughty Kid’s Carnival, Hitler's Belly, Romeo and Juliet, Two Dogs, Metamorphosis of a Butterfly, Soft, Amber, The Murder of Hanging Garden, Love is Colder than Death, An Exotic Encounter, The Bedbug, Rhinoceros in Love, Cien Años de Soledad.

Director Jinghui Meng has been widely recognized in international theatre circles, and his dramatic works have been performed in a range of international arts festivals. His books include Jinghui Meng's Avant-garde Theatre and New Drama Archive.

Renowned mentors from all over the world will guide the participants throughout the seven days of the Atelier Shanghai 2017 under the coordination of Hugo de Greef (Atelier Coordinator, former EFA Secretary General, Director European Capital of Culture Bruges 2002m Co-Founder Kaaitheater Brussels – Belgium): Robin Archer, (Artistic Director The Light in Winter Melbourne – Australia), Mark Ball, (Associate Artistic Director of Manchester International Festival, UK), Bernard Faivre d’Arcier, (President Lyon Biennal -  France), Nele Hertling, (Member Strategy Group “A Soul for Europe”, Former Vice-President of the Academy of Arts Berlin, Former Director Hebbel-Theater Berlin – Germany), Nick Rongjun YU (chief director of ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival, the director of Shanghai International Comedy Festival - China), Ismail Mahomed (Chief Executive Officer of the Market Theatre Foundation – South Africa), Catherine J. Wang (President of the Centre for China Shanghai International Arts Festival – China), Ophelia Huang (Head of International Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center – China), Lin Hongming (Professor and Dean of the Art Management Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music – China), Tian Gebing (Director, Founder and Artistic Director of Paper Tiger Theatre Studio – China)

More information about the Atelier Shanghai 2017 can be found on the Atelier website.

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