Our People


Artistic Director

Chongren Fan is a New York-based bilingual stage director who was born and raised in Shanghai, China. He was a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club, a Signature Theatre Alumnus and a Resident Director at the Flea Theater under the leadership of its Founding Artistic Director Jim Simpson. Most recently Chongren directed the New York Premiere of award winning playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s 410[GONE] for Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America and a work-in-process production of playwright/composer Angel Lam’s Lost in Shanghai for Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. In 2016 he translated and directed China Premiere of Marie Jones' Olivier Award Best Comedy Stones in His Pockets at Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre. During 2015-2016 he was a Resident Artist at the prestigious experimental theater company Mabou Mines. Chongren is also a projection programmer for live performances. He often collaborates with projection designers such as Hannah Wasileski and Daniel Brodie among others. He joined IATSE in March 2017 and programmed projections for Disney's Broadway Musical Aladdin North American Tour. Since 2015 Chongren has been the production supervisor for large scale international touring productions from China to Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts produced by China Arts and Entertainment Group including Dragon Boat Racing(LCT), Confucius(LCT and Kennedy Center), and Rediscover Chinese Music(Kennedy Center). Chongren has also worked with Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, Bard Music Festival, Da Camera/Houston Opera, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, La Mama, New Ohio Theatre, Dixon Place, Prototype Festival, American Dance Institute and Mecoon Theater(Shanghai, China). He has an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College.


Executive Director

Sally Shen is a New York-based theater producer and administrator originally from Beijing, China. By day, she is the Business Development Manager at Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), one of the largest theatre organizations in the world and owner of nine theaters in the U.S. including two on Broadway. As an independent producer, her recent New York producing credits include Frontiéres sans Frontières at The Bushwick Starr - named by New York Magazine one of “The 10 Best Theatrical Productions of 2017;” Le Problème at American Players Theatre part of the Araca Project 2015; and Ain’t Gonna Make It at ArsNova's ANT FEST 2014. She was the Management Fellow at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2013, working directly with Managing Director Susan Medak; during which she launched a $20,000 fundraising campaign for Berkeley Community Fund to sponsor an arts scholarship for Berkeley high school students. Sally was the former Executive Director of Solar Troupe, a theatre ensemble in Beijing dedicated to new works between 2007 and 2011. Prior to coming to the United States, Sally worked as a PR consultant at Ogilvy Public Relations where she worked with multi-national corporations to increase their brand awareness in China through strategic communications plans. She received an MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama and an MBA from Yale School of Management.

Co-Founder and Artistic Director (1992 - 2014)

Dr. Joanna Chan is the single living Chinese chosen by the Museum of the City of New York for the permanent exhibition, New York at its Core, on New York City’s 400-year history, which opened in 2016. Her life story as an artist and a pioneer community and spiritual leader is in an interactive, digital display along those of 74 other notable New Yorkers including one of the US’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, David Rockefeller, J P Morgan, Fiorello LaGuardia and Dorothy Day.

An honoree at An All-Star Salute to Chinese-American Cultural Pioneers at City Hall, New York City (with July 9, 1993, named Joanna Chan Day in the City of New York,) a city that honored her again in 2013 for her decades of outstanding service to the community through the arts, Chan is a recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994 from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she earned her M.A., M.Ed., and Ed.D. degrees, majoring in theatre/communications. A graduate of Chung Chi College, Chinese University, majoring in mathematics, Chan, who grew up in South China, has been a playwright and stage director in North America, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China for over 4 decades, having written, adapted and directed over 70 stage productions. Co-founder/Artistic Director (1970-77; 83-92) of the Four Seas Players in New York City, she was also Artistic Director of Hong Kong Repertory Theatre in the 1980s, and Co-founder/Artistic Director (1992-2014) of Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America in New York City.

Productions written, adapted and directed by Chan include Shakespeare’s Othello; Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex; Wilder’s The Match Maker as an opening event of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in 1989; the musicals The King and I, and Cabaret for the 1988 Hong Kong Arts Festival; the Chinese literary masterpiece, Dream of the Red Chamber, for the 1987 Hong Kong Arts Festival; Raymond To’s Where Love Abides which she directed and took to China in 1987; as well as her own plays reflecting the relationship between Hong Kong and China in view of 1997: Before the Dawn-wind Rises, commissioned by the Hong Kong Urban Council for the 10th Asian Arts Festival; and Crown Ourselves with Roses, commissioned by Sing Tao Newspapers, which, cited by the Asian Wall Street Journal as ‘a tour de force of our times,” toured North America in 1989. The play was included in An Anthology of Modern Chinese Theater as one of 23 most significant works in Chinese theater in the past 100 years, published by Columbia University Press (2010). An English version of Before the Dawn-Wind Rises has been included in An Oxford Anthology of Chinese Contemporary Drama (1997). Her OneFamilyOneChildOneDoor, a black comedy on the human cost of China’s one-child policy, premiered in 2001, and revived in 2002 and 2003, was named one of two finalists in the Jane Chambers Playwriting Contest.

In 2010, Chan was again commissioned by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre to create a new work, Empress of China that received its world premiere in 2011, followed by a Yangtze production later that year. Early in 2014, she directed for the Hong Kong company her 1992 work, The Soongs: By Dreams Betrayed, that opened in January 2014, at the Grand Theatre at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. She just finished a newly commissioned drama, Dai Lo and Dai Lo: The lives and Times of Ho Tung and Chou Shouson, two towering figures in Hong Kong. She is at present working on the 7th volume (of 8) of the collection of her multi-lingual stage works.

A member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Chan was a columnist for Hong Kong’s New Evening Post from 1986 to 1997. She began working in Sing Sing maximum security prison in upstate New York in 2002 in the theatre, Catholic and Chinese Language programs, directing the inmates in August Wilson’s Jitney in 2003; and in November 2006, in the critically acclaimed production of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, that was hailed as a work that gave the play ‘one of its finest hours 2,500 years later’ (Michael Millius). Chan was instrumental in helping to free an innocent man jailed for nearly 18 years. An accomplished painter and designer whose works had been seen in solo and group exhibitions in New York, she was a recipient of a Dynamic Achiever Award from the OCA-WHV Asian Pacific Americans Advocate in late 2017, with Nov. 11, 2017, proclaimed Joanna Chan Day in the State of New York.

Chan is also a Maryknoll Sister.


James Nodroff, Board President
Lu Yu, Treasurer
Fred Filsoof, Board member