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New board nominated for National Performing Arts Center

  • Date:2018-03-23
New board nominated for National Performing Arts Center

The list of second-session directors and supervisors of the National Performing Arts Center has been submitted to the Executive Yuan by the Ministry of Culture for approval.

With the first session having successfully concluded, Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chun expressed her sincere gratitude to the directors for their service and her hopes that the second session will pick up the baton and continue to foster Taiwan’s performing arts, showcase the nation’s rich and diverse cultures, and usher in a new artistic era.

The National Performing Arts Center was established on April 2, 2014. Under a unique structure that saw multiple venues operating under the umbrella of one legal entity, it became Taiwan’s first state-level arts administrative corporation.

The first board of directors and supervisors were appointed for a four-year term, during which they dealt with a number of challenges and set an important model of professional governance for the center, established a new organizational structure, and laid down a secure and stable foundation for the center’s future operations.

The National Theater and Concert Hall has welcomed its 30th anniversary with the completion of substantial renovations and will continue to promote equal access to culture and the arts, whereas the opening of the National Taichung Theater is set to consolidate the performing arts power of central Taiwan.

Moreover, the upcoming launch of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) will provide southern Taiwan with its first world-class theater facilities, while the National Symphony Orchestra continues to put on performances to international acclaim.

With this foundation firmly in place, the second board is set to take office on April 2, with their first task centered on the opening of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) this October.

According to the Act for Establishment of National Performing Arts Center, the board of directors of the National Performing Arts Center serves a four-year term, and as such, the second board will serve from April 2, 2018 through April 1, 2022.

In addition to representatives of government agencies, this board will also include scholars in the field of performing arts, cultural educators, private-sector entrepreneurs, management experts, and promoters of social justice. The membership will also span ethnic, regional, and gender lines.

The second board of directors includes:

Returning Directors

  • Ju Tzong-ching, current chairperson of the National Performing Arts Center
  • Wu Jing-jyi, Emeritus Professor at National Chengchi University
  • Liu Fu-mei, music educator
  • Chung Chiao, author/theater worker

New Directors

  • Lin Shu-cheng, professor at Department of Music, National Taiwan Normal University
  • Cheng Rom-shing, professor at Department of Taiwan Opera, National Taiwan College of Performing Arts
  • Su Chau-ying, former CEO of the National Culture and Arts Foundation
  • Ljuzem Madiljin, artistic director of Tjimur Dance Theatre
  • Stanley Chu, general manager of SinoPac Financial Holdings/chairman of Sinopac Securities
  • Henry Kao, chairman of I-Mei Foods
  • Xu Shengjie, chairman of Cheng Zhi Investment
  • Tsai Chang-hai, chairman of China Medical University
  • Yang Tzu-pao, Deputy Minister of Culture
  • Tsai Ching-hwa, Deputy Minister of Education
  • Paul Wen-liang Chang, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

The second board of supervisors includes:

  • T.H. Tung, chairman of Pegatron
  • Yang Chyi-wen, professor at School of Theatre Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts
  • Lindy L.Y. Chern, partner at Baker & McKenzie (Taiwan)
  • Chang Min-yu, director of Taiwan Shin Kong Security Foundation for Arts and Culture
  • Lee Chiu-yueh, director of Accounting and Statistics Division, Ministry of Culture

The second board of directors and supervisors of the National Performing Arts Center will continue to introduce resources into the arts and lead the center toward new development.

Once the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) has officially opened, the National Performing Arts Center will be ready to lead a full-scale development of culture across northern, central, and southern Taiwan by providing audiences nationwide with spectacular performances and realizing equality of cultural access.

At the same time, the center will provide performing arts groups from around the nation with an outstanding stage on which to shine and take Taiwanese performing arts to the world arena.

Read the original Chinese press release here.