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Opening ceremony of “Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand-Character-Play” Playwright Training Program, a project of China National Arts Fund, is held

9 April 2019

On 8 April 2019, the opening ceremony of the “Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand-Character-Play” Playwright Training Program, an artistic talent training project of the China National Arts Fund organized by the Playwriting Research Centre of the Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA), was held at the New Space Theatre of STA.

  

Hang Chunfang, Deputy Party Secretary and Deputy Director-General of the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism, Ni Minjing, Deputy Director-General of the Shanghai Municipal Education Committee, Huang Changyong, Deputy Party Secretary and President of STA, Hu Min, Deputy Party Secretary of STA, Yang Yang and Liu Qing, Vice Presidents of STA, Zhang Jiachun, Chief Financial Officer of STA, Ye Changhai, Chairman of the STA Academic Committee, Shen Jie, Deputy director of the Art Department of the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism, Chen Xiaohua, Director of the Songjiang District Education Bureau and a representative of part-time mentors of the STA Playwriting Practice Base, and members of the teaching team of this project including Professor Lu, Professor Yao Kougen and Associate Professor Huangxi, as well as the persons-in-charge from various functional departments and teaching units of STA, attended the opening ceremony. Wu Xiaoming, Vice-Chairman of the Shanghai Leading Group for Major Literary and Artistic Creations, Yang Shaolin, Chairman of the Shanghai Theatre Association, and Fang Jiajun, former senior official of the Art Department of the former Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio and Television, were invited to attend the opening ceremony as representatives of experts from the China National Arts Fund.

  

The opening ceremony was presided over by Yang Yang, Vice President of STA, who gave a brief overview of the faculty and enrollment of the project.

  

Deputy Director-General Ni Minjing, Mr Wu Xiaoming and President Huang Changyong delivered speeches. Professor Lu Jun made a presentation on behalf of the teaching team of the project. Tuliguer, a young playwright from the Inner Mongolia Art Theatre, and Tan Pei, a young playwright from the Guizhou Theatrical  Creation Center, spoke as representatives of the trainees.

  

After the release of the recruitment information, more than 230 applications were received. After strict screening and selection by the expert group, 28 young playwrights from 16 provinces and municipalities in China were finally enrolled. The vast majority of the trainees are key creative personnel of local theatre studios, theatre troupes and art colleges. Many of them have received funding from national and provincial creative programs before. The total teaching duration of this project is 111 days, of which 40 days are for intensive training. In addition to the faculty of STA, a number of well-known domestic playwrights, theatre theorists and critics are invited to give special lectures to ensure that the trainees are successful in their learning and in applying what they learn during the training period, so as to train and reserve a group of talented playwrights with potential, professional skills and humanistic feelings for Chinese theatre.