Ophelia Huang

Head of International in Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center (SDAC) and Programme Director of ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival Shanghai, China


Ophelia Jiadai Huang is Head of International in Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center (SDAC) and Programme Director of ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival. She is also responsible for the international programme of the newly opened Shanghai International Dance Centre, the sister venue of SDAC dedicated to dance. Ophelia is an experienced cultural manager active in the field of performing arts, international collaboration, cultural diplomacy and cultural leadership. She started her professional career as an arts journalist/editor in one of the most influential arts magazines in China. From 2003 to 2006 she ran Artist Links, an Arts Council England/British Council pioneer project of artistic exchange between China and the UK. She then worked at the British Council for nine years planning and managing arts projects in China, before she joined Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, the only national theatre company based in Shanghai with seven performance spaces.

Ophelia also maintains her own artistic practice as an independent performance maker and has presented her work in festivals such as Forest Fringe (UK), Dadao Live Art Festival (China), and in theatres and art museums home and abroad. Ophelia graduated from University of Warwick (UK) and University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia) with MAs in theatre and performance studies.

Curatorial statement

While having its own productions, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre also programmes international productions, mainly through the ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival it organises annually. The programme covers middle to small scale performing arts production from drama to mime, music theatre, dance theatre and performance. Venue capacity from 100 – 530. Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre is also interested in international co-production and collaboration with international artists.

Shanghai International Dance Centre programmes Chinese and international dance productions year round for its two stages, one 1078 seats and another 292 seats. It is also a venue of ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival.

Dates attending Dance Massive: 14 – 21 March


Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts