Directing acting and art-ing, oh my!

Hello, it’s been a while! Sorry that I haven’t updated this blog in a while… surprise surprise, grad school suddenly got very busy! Or rather, my life as an artist got pretty busy. Halfway through October I got chance to direct and act in an international climate change theatre festival. It was a wonderful chance to immerse myself into the theatre scene in Shanghai, grow as an artist, and work on a project connected to the global community as a whole. The plays I worked on were new works, many commissioned specifically for this project. You can find out more about CCTA here and more about the event in Shanghai (the only one in China!) right here.

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A Day in the Life: Grad School in China

Hello all! Time is flying here in China, it’s already October. That means a weeklong break, since October 1st is the anniversary of the founding of the PRC. It’s celebrated with a national holiday called “Golden Week”—many people use this time to go travelling, but I’ve decided to stick around and explore Shanghai.

As promised, I’m going to share what an average day here as a grad student at STA looks like!

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Jumping into the deep end of contemporary Chinese theatre

Wow, it’s been a busy couple of weeks! It simultaneously feels like I just arrived in Shanghai, but also that I’ve been here quite some time. This is in part due to the intensive course that started out the program. The first day or so in Shanghai was taking care of necessities—setting up a bank account, getting a SIM card for my phone, buying some hand soap… all things that make you feel more like a person and less like a weary traveler!

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Student Visas: A Tragicomedy in One Day

Well, it’s been quite the past few days in regards to preparing to leave for China. I found out last week that the requirements for the X1 Visa (the long-term student visa) have changed in the years since I last applied for a Chinese visa. Instead of being able to use a courier service to apply for me at the consulate in San Francisco as I did before, the new requirements mean that the applicant has to appear in person to be fingerprinted.

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