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Theater Studies

    Claire Conceison
  • Claire Conceison

  • Professor of Theater Studies and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Theater Studies
  • 109J Page Auditorium
  • Campus Box 90680
  • Phone: (919) 660-3383
  • Overview

    Sample publications: "Voices Carry: Behind Bars and Backstage during China's Revolution and Reform." Rowman & Littlefield, 2009. (Collaborative autobiography of Ying Ruocheng) Chinese translation 《水流云在:英若诚自传》published by CITIC Press in Beijing, 2009) "Significant Other: Staging the American in China." University of Hawaii Press, 2004. Gao Xingjian, "Ballade nocturne." Translated and with preface by Claire Conceison. The Cahiers Series. Lewes, UK: Sylph Editions and the American University of Paris (2010). Articles in journals including: Hong Kong Drama Review, Asian Theatre Journal, Theatre Journal, TDR, China Quarterly, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture
  • Bio

    Claire Conceison joined the Duke faculty in 2009 in Theater Studies and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. She serves on several university committees related to the Duke Kunshan University project. She also serves on the Professional Sports Counseling Committee and is the faculty athletic associate for Duke Women's Soccer. She is the faculty advisor for the student theater group DAAT: Duke Asian American Theater. Professor Conceison will teach two courses in Fall 2013: Sport as Performance and Asian American Theater. In Spring 2014, she will teach an advanced sport seminar and a play translation seminar.
  • Specialties

    • Chinese Theater
    • Performance Studies
    • Directing
    • Asian-American Theater
  • Research Description

    Dr. Conceison is a director, a translator, and a scholar. Her directing work focuses on experimental contemporary plays from diverse cultural contexts, including mainland China. She is committed to "total casting" practices that seek inclusion of students from a range of backgrounds, physicalities, and experiences. Her play translations are from Chinese and French into English. Her research interests include contemporary theater practice in mainland China, intercultural performance, translation, Asian American cultural production, and sport as performance. Her scholarly projects in progress are a study of the French-language plays of Gao Xingjian, anthologies of plays of Meng Jinghui and Yu Rongjun, and a volume on sport as performance.
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Theatre Studies,
      • Cornell University,
      • 2000
      • MA,
      • Regional Studies--East Asia,
      • Harvard University,
      • 1992
  • Recent Publications

      • Interview of Claire Conceison by Jeffrey Wasserstrom.
      • ""A Transnational Translingual Writer: Claire Conceison on Gao Xingjian"."
      • L.A. Review of Books
      • (November 2013)
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      • [web]
      • C. Conceison.
      • "Longing for Worldly Pleasures and Other Plays of Meng Jinghui."
      • Ed. Carol Martin.
      • In Performance,
      • Seagull Books,
      • Forthcoming 2015.
      • C. Conceison.
      • "Translation of "I Love XXX" (Wo ai XXX) by Meng Jinghui et. al.."
      • Methuen Drama Anthology of Modern Asian Plays.
      • Ed. Kevin Wetmore and Siyuan Liu.
      • Methuen,
      • Forthcoming 2014.
      • C. Conceison.
      • ""China's Experimental Mainstream: The Badass Theatre of Meng Jinghui"."
      • TDR (The Drama Review)
      • (Forthcoming Spring 2014)
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      • C. Conceison.
      • ""Behind the Play: The World and Works of Nick Rongjun Yu"."
      • Theatre Journal
      • 63
      • .3
      • (October, 2011)
      • :
      • 311-322.
      Publication Description

      An article and play translation are both published in this issue of Theatre Journal: subject of article (author of the play) Nick Yu is a playwright from China I brought to Duke as a resident guest artist for six weeks in spring 2011--his residency is mentioned in the publication, as well as quotations from student papers from our course.

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