Daniel Shen

Asia, China
Art discipline: Theater
Participated in ICAF in: 2017

In this 90-minute conversation, Dr. Daniel Shen, Associate Professor of Applied and Social Theatre at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, invites you to a discussion with him about possibilities and limitations of community arts in China. Through the educational programme that he coordinates at one of China's most prominent performing arts institutes, many of his graduates have gone on to work in social artistic projects. These include participatory theatre initiatives with migrant workers, people with disability, and so-called minority cultures in Shanghai and faraway regions like Guizhou Province and

the Yu Shu Tibetan Autonomous Region. Dr. Shen (who holds a Ph.D. from the Shanghai Theatre Academy) has been intrigued by community art since his doctoral exchange work at Yale and Brown University in the USA and his practical collaboration with groups like the Bread & Puppet Theatre. He also is aware that the focus on inclusion, cohesion and co-creation in many western community arts enterprises takes on a different dimension in his still very collective oriented home country.