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The Theater Industry in China and the U.S.: Present and Future

Monday, December 9, 2019

Time and Location

Monday, December 9
Registration:   6:30-7:00 pm
Presentations:7:00-7:30 pm
Panel Discussion:7:30-8:00 pm
Q&A:   8:00-8:30 pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees

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RMB 20 for students; RMB 60 for Yale alumni; RMB 80 for others.

Walk-ins are not accepted.

Refreshments will be provided.

Note: Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.


The language of the event will be Chinese and English.

The Event

On December 9, Hannah Grannemann (MBA '08, MFA '08), Assistant Professor of Arts Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Ming Ma, Professor of Arts Administration at the Beijing Dance Academy, Jing Li, Musical Theater Producer, and Julia Zhu (MBA '98), CEO of Phoenix Live Entertainment Company, will share insights into the complex American and Chinese arts industries and discuss cross-cultural opportunities, with a focus on the Chinese market for Broadway theater productions.

The Speakers

Hannah Grannemann (MBA '08, MFA '08)
Assistant Professor and Director of the Arts Administration Program,University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Hannah Grannemann joined UNCG in 2017. Before that, she was the Executive Director of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Associate Managing Director of the Yale Repertory Theatre, and Associate Consultant at C.W. Shaver & Company in New York City. She was the Secretary of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Arts North Carolina.

Grannemann holds a BFA in Theatre from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts, an MFA in Theatre Management from the Yale School of Drama, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Ming Ma
Associate Dean of the College of Humanities, Beijing Dance Academy

Ming Ma is the Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Head of the Arts Communication Department at Beijing Dance Academy. With a research focus in art administration and art industry development, Professor Ma also serves as a board member of the China Art Administration and Culture Industry Association, as well as the Beijing Peacock Singing and Dance Company. In addition to his role in these professional organizations, Ming has also led multiple distinguished national and provincial research projects and produced many musicals and dance productions.

Jing Li
Musical Theater Producer, Arts Center Management Consultant

Jing has ten years of experience in theater production and management. She has worked at the Smithsonian Institute, the China Arts and Entertainment Group, and the Tianqiao Performing Arts Center. She was the executive producer of the Chinese production of MAMMA MIA! Her festivals productions including Women of the World Festical (Beijing), Smithsonian Folklife Festival, etc. She also presented and promoted international touring productions, such as The Phantom of the Opera and Kinky Boots.


Julia Zhu (MBA '98)
Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Live Entertainment Company

Julia Zhu is the Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Live Entertainment Company, a subsidiary of the Phoenix TV Group in Hong Kong. Under her leadership, Phoenix Live Entertainment co-sponsored the "River Dance" tour in China, the “Tea House” tour in Beijing and Shanghai, and numerous music festivals and concert tours of international artists. She brought a Shanghai musical Shimmer - Jews in Shanghai to Broadway in 2016.

Prior to Phoenix, Julia was Co-Founder and President of Redgate Media Group and Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at STAR Group Limited. Julia holds an MBA from Yale School of Management.

Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium


Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. the Yale Center Beijing is pleased to host the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium, which will convene thought leaders from all sectors who, in the spirit of Mr. Greenberg, play pivotal roles in building bridges among China, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Mr. Greenberg has been a member of Yale Center Beijing’s Executive Council and retired as the Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG). In 2018, he was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal.

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