Dr. Kin-Yan Szeto

Ph.D. in Performance Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
M.A. in Film Studies and Screenwriting, Beijing Film Academy, China.
M.A. in Theatre and Drama Studies, University of London, U.K.
B.A. in English, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Dr. Kin-Yan Szeto is Professor of Theatre and Dance and Faculty Fellow for Diversity at Appalachian State University. Previously, she taught performance studies at Northwestern University and film studies at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Szeto’s teaching and research interests include theatre, dance, film and visual studies; comparative literature; Chinese film and culture; non-Western theatre; post-colonial and global studies; and gender and ethnicity in transnational perspectives.

Dr. Szeto has published in the Oxford Bibliographies, Visual Anthropology, Dance Chronicle,  Jump Cut, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture and contributed to volumes on film, theatre and media culture. Her book The Martial Arts Cinema of the Chinese Diaspora analyzes how a unique “cosmopolitical awareness” allows film directors and artists to develop and act in today’s transnational environment of media production, distribution, and consumption. In addition to her scholarly work, she is a director and choreographer. Notably, she has directed many plays, including Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, Brian Sloan’s WTC View, Gao Xingjian’s The Other Shore, Stan Lai’s Pining in Peach Blossom Land, among others. Dr. Szeto is a recipient of Appalachian’s prestigious 100 Scholars Award and the College of Fine and Applied Arts’ Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activity Award. She serves on the executive board for the Congress on Research in Dance.

book coverThe Martial Arts Cinema of the Chinese Diaspora: Ang Lee, John Woo, and Jackie Chan in Hollywood (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2011)

Title: Professor, Theatre Arts - Performance Studies
Department: Theatre and Dance

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Phone: (828) 262-3028