Ming Chen




With 20 years of university teaching experience and three years of full time professional theatre experience, Ming Chen is currently a full professor and resident theatrical designer in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University.

Born in Shanghai, China, Ming Chen received her two master’s degrees in Stage Design/Theory and in Theatrical Production from Shanghai Theatre Academy and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively. She has worked at the Shakespeare Theatre at Folger in Washington, D.C., and at Shanghai Youth Theatre Company in Shanghai. She has also taught at SUNY at Buffalo in New York as well as at Shanghai Theatre Academy in Shanghai before moving to Kennesaw, Georgia.

As a scenic designer, Ming Chen’s works have been seen at the Prague Quadrennial (co-design) Czechoslovakia, at the USITT Design Expo in Long Beach, California, at China’s National Stage Design Exhibition in Beijing and Tokyo, at the American College Dance Festivals in New York City and Washington, D.C., at the Shanghai International Arts Festival and Shanghai Theatre Festival in Shanghai, and at many theatres in Atlanta, including the Alliance Theatre Company, Horizon Theatre Company, 7 Stages and Atlanta Ballet, and at university theatres such as SUNY at Buffalo and Cornell University in New York .

As a scholar, she is the author of Visual Literacy for Theatre She has also published essays and translations in professional journals, such as Theatre Topics (co-author) in the U.S. and Theatre Arts in China, and has contributed written chapters for three other books. She has frequently presented papers at national and international theatre conferences and has guest-lectured internationally. Drawing from her cross-cultural experiences, she has directed and co-directed a number of cultural exchange projects which received the grants and funds from government and private funding agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cultural Services of French Embassy, the Georgia Humanities Council, the French Consulate in Atlanta, the Confucius Institute, and the Coca Cola Foundation. She is a member of United Scenic Artists (Local USA 829) and of the China National Stage Design Association. She has been listed in Who’s Who in America (2010) and in Who’s Who among Asian Americas (1994/95).


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