Julia Hammer

November 3, 2016

Tim Robbins on Comedy, Politics and His New Theatrical Show

As an Academy Award-winning actor, an Oscar-nominated director and an acclaimed screenwriter with a solo album to his name, Tim Robbins epitomizes the modern Renaissance man. However, as he tells That’s, he feels “most at home” workshopping new pieces with The Actors’ Gang, the theater group he co-founded in California […]
October 21, 2016

PPP Founder Appointed to NCUSCR “Public Intellectuals Program”

The National Committee on United States-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program (PIP) is designed to nurture a new generation of China specialists who have the interest and potential to play significant roles as public intellectuals. In the tradition of earlier China hands who ventured outside of academia into areas relevant to foreign […]
January 16, 2016

Alison Friedman Talks Performing Arts in China

Check out the full article by the Paulson Institute at this link. When Alison Friedman founded Ping Pong Productions in 2010, her goal was “to bring China and the world together through the performing arts.” After half a decade of touring Chinese performances across the world and bringing global productions […]
September 28, 2015


Check out the full Arts Intercepts article at this link. Joseph Lam, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (CI), climbed a short set of stairs from the house of the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater up to the edge of the stage and immediately noted that […]
August 18, 2015

TAO Dance Theatre at Edinburgh festival review – abstract moves evoke a hallucinogenic universe

Check out the full Guardian article at this link. Against the metronomic ring of the glockenspiel, Fu Liwie and Mao Xue hold hands and lean in. They pace, in flowing costumes, to the sound of Steve Reich’s Drumming, Part Four. A leg lifts; heads roll and sometimes loll, and the […]
May 18, 2015

Leonard Bernstein and China

Check out the full Sinica article at this link.  http://popupchinese.com/data/1452/sinica-leonard-bernstein-and-china.mp3 This week on Sinica, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are delighted to host Alexander Bernstein, son of Leonard Berstein and director of the Bernstein Family Foundation, who is now in China on part of a cultural tour. Accompanied by Alison […]
December 23, 2014

Is capitalism harming the arts in China?

Check out the full International Arts Manager blog post at this link. Artists in every country face funding challenges, so what’s unique about China’s situation? One word: change. As China moves from a planned to a market economy, it is converting not just government-run factories to private enterprises, but government-run theatres […]
July 30, 2014

Alison Friedman and Ping Pong Productions: Linking China and the world through arts

Check out the full article at Sino-US.com at this link.  The office of Ping Pong Productions, a nonprofit producing and consulting organization with a unique mission of “bringing China and the world together through the performing arts”, is located in an apartment building in a quiet neighborhood in East Beijing. […]
June 24, 2014


如今的戏剧人大概都活在“影响的焦虑”之中,因为他们自认为“现代”的表演形式很可能在四个世纪之前就被一个叫莎士比亚的人用过了。 在这一点上,好莱坞著名影星蒂姆·罗宾斯(Tim Robbins)深有体会。
June 22, 2014

A Most Rare Vision: Shakespeare in China

Check out the full New York Times article at this link.  BEIJING — On the final night recently of the Actors’ Gang production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” here, theatergoers were treated to an unexpected — and rather meta — performance. Stepping in for an ill colleague at the last […]
June 12, 2014

The Shakespeare Redemption: Oscar Winner Tim Robbins directs ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Check out the full That’s Shanghai article at this link.  As his career enters its fourth decade, Tim Robbins has pretty much done it all. He won an Academy Award for his stirring performance in Mystic River, released a solo album four years ago and is about to star alongside […]
June 12, 2014

Modern Shakespeare for a Theater-Mad Chinese Crowd

Check out the full Wall Street Journal article at this link.  Humor doesn’t always get lost in translation. That is what Academy Award-winner and the Actors’ Gang ensemble founder Tim Robbins discovered while directing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in China. “There’s so much heart in this play,” Mr. Robbins told […]
June 8, 2014

Weighty, abstract and astounding: TAO Dance Theatre’s 4 and 5

Check out the full Bachtrack article at this link. Hypnotic, enthralling and undeniably special: bodies ebb and flow with the tide of change in Chinese choreographer Tao Ye’s 4 and 5. These are just two parts in a series of abstract works that “explore the potential of the human body […]
June 8, 2014

TAO Dance Theatre: 4, 5

Check out the full CriticalDance article at this link.  It’s an auspicious time for Chinese contemporary dance. The community cohesion, instilled through centuries of Confusion attention to order and more recently of Communist conformity, is conspicuous but so too is the emergence of self-expression. The result is highly disciplined bodies […]
April 29, 2014

Tim Robbins’ Actors Gang to Perform ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Beijing in June

Check out the full Beijinger article at this link. Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins’ Actors Gang is coming to Beijing in June, to present, appropriately, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The play will get a five-day run at the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) […]
April 28, 2014

The Actors’ Gang to Launch A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM International Tour this Summer; Tim Robbins to Direct

Check out the full Broadway World article at this link.  The Actors’ Gang, the critically acclaimed Los Angeles based ensemble Theatre Company, will be heading overseas bringing William Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Academy Award winner Tim Robbins, to international audiences. The production will put on six performances […]
April 28, 2014

Actors’ Gang takes Shakespeare to China

Check out the full L.A. Times article at this link. Tim Robbins will take the Actors’ Gang’s production of ” A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to China, with performances in Beijing and Shanghai scheduled for June. “Midsummer” is expected to run in Beijing at the National Center for the Performing Arts […]
April 2, 2014

Contemporary retelling of “Green Snake”staged in Washington D.C.

Check out the full CCTV news clip at this link.   
March 30, 2014

World Stages: International Theater Festival- The National Theatre of China’s ‘Green Snake’ at The Kennedy Center

Check out the full DC Metro Theater Arts article at this link.  The World Stages: International Theater Festival takes the center stage at The Kennedy Center, March 10-30, 2014 bringing together some of today’s most exciting theatrical visionaries presenting an unprecedented focus on theatre from around the globe. Twenty-two theatrical […]
March 28, 2014

Green Snake premieres in DC; an enchanting mystery

Check out the full China Daily article at this link.  If finding true love isn’t already complicated enough, doing so in defiance of the laws of nature can only lead to more loss – or is it more gain? The theme is explored in the Chinese masterpiece Green Snake, which […]