Based in Taiwan, Performance Workshop has long been one of the most influential theatre groups in the Chinese-speaking community. Since 1984, Performance Workshop has created and produced over 30 original new works, many which have become milestones of modern Chinese-language theatre.
Performance Workshop is led by international award-winning Artistic Director Stan Lai, one of the most acclaimed playwright/directors in Asia. Lai is widely regarded as one of the most important voices in contemporary Chinese-language theatre. His wife Nai-chu Ding is Performance Workshop’s Managing Director, and one of the most respected theatre producers in Asia. Lai’s works are known for its ability to draw a popular audience while keeping its experimental core.
In 1998, Performance Workshop began producing its plays in China. These historical productions have met with enthusiastic response, with coverage by CNN, BBC and other international media. An excerpt from Lai’s Millennium Teahouse was performed at the 2002 CCTV New Year’s Special, broadcasted to a billion TV viewers in China. The Village (2008), which has been touring China annually since 2010, has become one of the most acclaimed Chinese works of the decade, and has been called “the pinnacle of our era of theatre” by the Beijing News. In 2009, Performance Workshop was the creative team that produced the highly acclaimed Deaflympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Taipei. Other large scale events include the 2011 Taiwan Lantern Festival.