• Production Team

    The production team members for The Monk & The Lotus

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    Shiru Wang

    Founder and Artistic Director

    Shiru WANG, Opera and musical theatre director, voice and movement coach based in London and Shanghai. BA in music performance (Renmin University of China), MFA in theatre directing (East 15 Acting School). Worked as a professional tenor in Shanghai Opera House and China National Center for the performing arts for 10 years, roles including but not limited to: Pang in Turandot, Spoletta in Tosca, Conde de Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Chief-police in The Nose, Zhou Chong in Thunderstorm (Chinese Original Opera), Bo Pi in Xi Shi. With extensive experience in both Western and Chinese Opera, Shiru aspires to integrate vocal and physical performance in his teaching and directing, and is experimenting to create a new form of cross-disciplinary theatre. His newest work, “The Monk and the Lotus”, an original western opera based on a traditional Chinese opera, is premiering at Tête à Tête International Opera Festival and Grimeborn Opera Festival London 2017.

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    Niccolo Athens


    Niccolo D. Athens (b. 1988) grew up in San Antonio, Texas. In 2010, he received a BM in composition from the Juilliard School, and he completed his doctorate at Cornell University in 2016. He spent the 2014-15 academic year as a Fulbright scholar at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where he studied composition under Ye Xiaogang. His other major teachers have included Samuel Adler and Steven Stucky.


    He is the recipient of two BMI Student Composer Awards and a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was also a finalist in the St. Paul’s Cathedral competition for new works and the Villiers Quartet composition competition. Ensembles which have performed his work include the Juilliard Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, The Momenta Quartet, The Villiers Quartet, and the San Antonio Symphony. He currently lives in Shanghai, where he teaches at the FaceArt Institute of Music.

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    Tong Zhao

    Scenographer and costume


    Scenographer and costume designer. Trained at London College of Fashion in Womenswear and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Scenography.


    Her theatre works include “Dry Room” (Scenofest, World Stage Design 2017), “Anna in Tropics” (Beijing West Drum Theatre),“Normal Love" (Lillian Billy Studios / Sadler Wells Theater, London),”Sinking Flesh”(Lion &Unicorn theatre, London), "Thunderstorm" (Beijing West Drum Theatre).


    She is the artistic director of Hexagon Collective and has designed and produced fashion performances in Paris fashion week, Shanghai fashion week and London fashion week. Her other spatial works have been selected as the finalists for the London Tower Bridge Public Art Project, and Cambridge live Pink Floyd art installation project.