Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Meiling Cheng came to the United States in 1986 to study at Yale University, School of Drama, where she earned her MFA (1989) and DFA (1993) degrees in Theatre Arts. She is currently Associate Professor of Critical Studies/Dramatic Arts and English at the University of Southern California and Director of Critical Studies at USC School of Dramatic Arts. A noted performance art critic and poet, Dr. Cheng has published widely in both English and Chinese. Since 2004, she has contributed a series of groundbreaking articles on performance art and performative installation to scholarly journals in the US, UK, Australia, and China. She also frequently presented in international conferences, traveling to Singapore, Honolulu, London, Boston, Providence, Chicago, Seattle, Toronto, New York, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, and Leeds for her talks. Her first book, In Other Los Angeleses: Multicentric Performance Art (2002), received a 1996 Junior Faculty Award from Southern California Studies Center and a 1999 Zumberge Individual Research Grant from USC. Her second book, Beijing Xingwei: Contemporary Chinese Time-Based Art (2013), received a 2006 Zumberge Individual Research Grant and a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship. With Gabrielle Cody, Dr. Cheng is currently coediting a critical anthology entitled, Reading Contemporary Performance: Theatricality Across Genres, which will be published by Routledge in 2015.
Cheng is a speaker in the Panel: The Country.
*Photo credit: Jorge Julian