I was born in Wuhu, Anhui, and spent my entire life before college in China. There were no theater programs throughout my childhood so I never even imagined a life in theater before college. I came to UW planning on majoring in Computer Science. However, two drama classes I took during my freshman year sparked my interest in the field.
During my time at the School of Drama, I started to understand more about the world and myself. I began to create opportunities for people who are like me. I founded the Chinese Theater Club on campus and focused on providing theater learning and production experience to people from different majors and areas. In one year of creation, I produced a short play Rewind, a short scene festival An Actor is Born and a long form drama Mr. Donkey. During the pandemic, I also kept exploring ways to make theater digitally. I founded a play reading group Cloud Theater and directed a stage reading of The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertolt Brecht in Chinese and a multimedia version for my senior capstone project. Now, I am producing and directing my first professionally devised piece named Monologues of n Women. I believe theater is therapeutic. It brings us together, helps us understand one and another and comforts us even in the most turbulent times.