John B. Weinstein
Expertise: East Asian theater; study abroad and language education; gender studies
Dr. Weinstein is an authority on East Asian theater, particularly the modern and contemporary performing arts of mainland China and Taiwan. His dissertation research focused on modern Chinese comic drama, and he has directed a number of the plays from that study. In 1997-98, he received a Fulbright grant for study in Taiwan, an experience that has led to ongoing research on Taiwan theater. His publications have appeared in the journals Asian Theater Journal, Theater Journal, China Information, and Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews, online with Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, and in the recent volume Contested Modernities. Besides his work on Asian theater, he is also dedicated to developing new American plays and musicals; in 2003 he co-wrote and directed Remember the Women at Washington’s National Theater. A member of the Association for Asian Performance since 1998, he has been an officer for six years and was elected president in 2006. He is also active in the Association for Theater in Higher Education. Through AAP, ATHE, and other organizations, he has given numerous conference presentations, on topics ranging from multilingualism in Taiwan theater to homosexuality in Chinese literature and film. He has also presented on early college education, drawing from his work at both Simon’s Rock and Bard High School Early College, where he taught Chinese and theater in that school’s inaugural year. In 2006, the Simon’s Rock senior class awarded him the Dr. John A. Glover Award. AB, summa cum laude, phi beta kappa, Harvard College, MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University.