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Christie Zhao(She/Her) is a theatre director, an interdisciplinary artist, and an art leader. She currently serves as the artistic director at Yun Theatre in Seattle, Growing up in a working-class family in an industrial city in China made her acutely aware of class dynamics and her family’s position in the social whole from a very young age. She started doing theatre while attending the University of Washington because arts education was inaccessible in her hometown. In the volatile and fast-changing world of 2022, she firmly believes that her purpose and responsibility as a theatre director is to document unheard struggles, make theatre more accessible, and build a space where communities can be formed and rejuvenated and where people can participate in public discourse.
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Having lived in two different cultures, she is passionate about building community through theatre and she is not afraid to experiment with new ideas. Her directing aesthetics is greatly influenced by feminist theatre, Bertolt Brecht and epic theatre, devised theatre, theatre of the oppressed, and verbatim theatre.
Her past directing credits include Two Goldfish (Who Become Heroes), an original full-length theatre work Monologues of n Women, and an online adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan. Recently, she founded a nonprofit organization, Yun Theatre, to cultivate more bilingual theaters in Seattle. Besides being a creative leader, she is also a performer and a light designer.
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