競賽主席的話

Words from our chairperson

The World Sinophone Drama Competition for Young Playwrights(WSDC) is inspired by the notion of "General Chinese literature" and wondered how playwrights of our times imagined the "world community of the Chinese language." How do writers of the Chinese language from different corners write about their own and their world? Accepting applications in both English and Chinese, we invited writers from all over the world aged 18 to 36 years old to send us their play. You write. I read. They play. Let us connect new stage imaginations and interpret the new world of twenty-first century Chinese language.

Chairperson
Katherine Hui-ling Chou

Distinguished Professor of Eng. Dept., National Central Univ., Taiwan; project director of Performance Center at NCU; founder of ETI, a digital archive of Taiwan’s modern theatre since 1985; Awardee of NCU Outstanding Research, 2005, 2009-14, 2020; Playwright/director of Creative Society Theatre Troupe since 1997.

After receiving her PhD of Performance Studies at NYU, USA, Katherine Hui-ling Chou co-founded Creative Society Theatre Troupe in Taipei, and has been the troupe’s core member, director and playwright since 1997. Her artistic credits include: The Apocalypse of Fudingjin (playwright/director, Wei Wu Ying National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, 2020), Jian Ji: A Just Life (playwright, Grand Opening of Wei Wu Ying, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, 2018); President’s Invitation (director of the 3.0 edition, MFA Theatre Troupe of Nanjing Univ. China, 2015~); One Hundred Years on Stage (co-playwright, premiered in 2011); Have Wok, Will Travel (playwright/director, Creative Society, CS, premiered in 2011); He Is My Wife, He Is My Mother (playwright/director, CS, 2009, 2010, 2017, 2018); Dreams on Manuscript (playwright, 2009), to be AND not to be (playwright/director, CS, 2006-2008); Reel Murder (director, CS, 2005), Click, My Baby (playwright/director, CS, 2004), Dejavu (director, CS, 2003, 2006), Memory Album (playwright/director, CS, 2002); I Want You, I Want You Not (playwright/director, CS, 2000).

She is also the author of Performing China: Actresses, Visual Politics and Performance Culture, 1910s-1945, and numerous refereed journal articles and chapters of refereed books edited by Richard Schechner (MIT,USA), David Der-wei Wang (Harvard U. Press, USA), Ru-ru Li (Palgrave,UK), Steve Siyuan Liu (Routledge, Canada), etc. Her current research focus is on performing arts in creative industry, and digital theatre/performance. She initiated the World Sinophone Drama Competition for the Young Playwrights in 2015 and has since then chaired the Competition.

Co-Chairperson
Lu Xiaoping

Graduated from the Department of Chinese Literature of Nanjing University spring 1982. Received a doctorate in literature from Nanjing University 1998. Lectured for a year at I'Université d'Artois in France from 1999 to 2000. Lectured in Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in South Korea for a year in 2015. Former associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts and chair of Department of Theatre, Film & TV, Nanjing University. He was also the vice-chairman of the China Theatre Association in Jiangsu province. Currently editor-in-chief of Stage and Screen Reviews.

The World Sinophone Drama Competition for Young Playwrights is open to young writers (age 18 to 36) worldwide. It accepts scripts written in either Chinese or English, and seeks to encourage production of new dramatic works that reflect upon global Chinese culture from a variety of perspectives and enrich our understanding of Sinophone cultures, circulations, histories, and communities. Since 2015, the winning plays have been staged in more than ten cities around the globe (Taipei, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Chiayi, Macau, Vancouver, New York, Nanjing, Beijing, Shanghai, Monterrey and Mexico City) and published as bi-lingual E-books.

Winners of the competition will receive a monetary prize, a translation of their winning work (either from English to Chinese, or vice versa), and a bi-lingual e-publication of the winning works. The premiere staged reading and workshop will be held during July to September in 2023. In addition, a series of readings by our partners around the world over the following three (3) years will offer winning playwrights an unprecedented opportunity for international circulation of their work. (The collaborating organizers of the competition are from Taiwan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Singapore, China and Macao, among others.) For further details, please see the official Terms and Conditions.

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Download Official Terms and Conditions

競賽主旨

Our Goals

The World Sinophone Drama Competition for Young Playwrights project seeks to encourage production of new dramatic works that reflect upon global Chinese culture from a variety of perspectives and enrich our understanding of Sinophone cultures, circulations, histories, and communities. To this end, we invite young playwrights (aged 18-36) to submit new scripts composed in either English or Chinese for the inaugural round of this international drama competition. For English-language submissions, we welcome works of self-reflection from members of Sinophone communities, as well as those that explore encounters among the Sinophone and other cultural contexts; for Chinese-language submissions, there are no specific requirements for content.

In today’s world of highly globalized culture and art, we call upon the young playwrights of the world to turn their gaze toward and expand their understanding of global Sinophone cultures. We take the inherently hybrid and diverse locale of Taiwan as our main stage for engaging artists and audiences both in and beyond the Sinophone, and especially seek new works of hybridized cultural and dramatic aesthetics that will add new voices to Sinophone theatre and further invigorate the already diverse field of global Sinophone cultures.

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Organizing Institutes

The Competition is organized by the Research Center for Theatre and Performance Studies at National Central University, Taiwan.

The Research Center for Theatre and Performance Studies at National Central University is devoted to the promotion, preservation and digitization of performing arts recordings. In 2003, it established the Electronic Theater Intermix (eti-tw.com) digital archive of modern Taiwanese theater and has been managing the archive for 19 years. The collection now contains over 600 works. ETI also edits and sponsors the Performing Taiwan e-book publication series and has since then published over 26 volumes of e-books. Responding to the difficulty of finding new scripts fit for production, the Center has founded the competition to encourage collaboration among universities and performing arts groups in Taiwan and around the world and to establish new ground for the creativity and artistic energy of the pan-sinophone communities around the world.

|Host|

National Central University (Taiwan)

Taiwan Association for Theatre & Performance Industry Studies

|Sponsor|

S-An Cultural Foundation

|Organizer|

Research Center for Theatre and Performance Studies at National Central University (Taiwan)

|Partner|

Dept. of Theatre, Film and TV, School of Liberal Arts, Nanjing University (China)

|Co-Organizers|

Nanjing University Art Master Performance Group (China)

|Co-Producers|

Dept. of Theatre and Film, The University of British Columbia (Canada)

Dept. of Theatre Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts (Taiwan)

stage@leeds, University of Leeds (UK)

Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)

Dept. of Theater Arts at National Sun Yat-sen University (Taiwan)

Dept. of Performing Arts at Shu-Te University (Taiwan)

Dept. of Theatre Arts at Chinese Culture University (Taiwan)

Dirks Theatre (Macau)

The Theatre Practice (Singapore)

BIU Theatre (Taiwan)

CloudTheatre Taiwan

|Supporting Organizations|

College of Liberal Arts, National Central University (Taiwan)

Visual Culture Research Center, National Central University (Taiwan)

Dept. of Drama and Theatre, National Taiwan University (Taiwan)

|Production Partners|

Creative Society (Taiwan)

Ibsen International

Nanjing University Arts Masters Performance Group (China)

Tainaner Ensemble (Taiwan)