Ran Xia is a jack of all trades in the theatre industry, and it has certainly proven to be beneficial. Ran has worked as a playwright, director, sound designer, photographer, and graphic designer. In this episode of Actorcast, we discuss how wearing multiple hats can help you create work in the industry and how her various roles inform one another.
Ran is an interdisciplinary theatre artist from Shanghai, China. She’s the 2021/22 Beatrice Terry Resident at the Drama League, a resident director at the Tank where she received the inaugural Artist of the Year award. Her works have been developed with Pipeline (Chava the Giant and the Oldest Bird, PlayaLab2020), IRT (Pomegrenade, Arctic's Fridge Fest), HERE (Harmony), Dixon Place*, The Brick ([ai], an adaptation of Ayn Rand's Anthem), The Wild Project, The Tank (Prometheus Bound, In Blue, Echo; Independent Study by Ben Gassman, The Tallest Man in the World by Ailis Ni Riain, and many more). She also wrote and directed the theatrical interactive portion of Risa Puno’s The Privilege of Escape with Creative Time. A frequent collaborator of Exquisite Corpse Co.** (audio/visual installation Echo at the Memory House, on Governors Island), Assistant Directing credits include: The Invention of Tragedy (by Mac Wellman, Dir. Meghan Finn at the Flea); Baby Fat: Act I (A Screeching Weasel punk rock opera, Dir. Michael Scholar, Jr. with Columbia Stages and LA MAMA), The Great Leap (by Lauren Yee, Dir. Taibi Magar at the Atlantic Theater), and Refrigerated Dreams by Carrie Mae Weems, Nona Hendryx, Francesca Harper, and Niegel Smith at Joe's Pub. She’s a commissioned playwright at the Vanderbilt University in fall 2021 and will be directing Orlando (Sarah Ruhl after Virginia Woolf at Barnard College). ranxia.info | thearcticgroup.org
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