#19 from Broadway to Beijing: Western Theater in the Middle Kingdom


Lured by a potentially large and lucrative market, major theater productions are increasingly making the jump from the bright lights of Broadway or the West End to the less familiar but no less lively avenues of the Bund or the Second Ring Road. Yet, according to Gaultier Létourneau-Ross, director of operations at a Canadian company that assists foreign theater troupes seeking to perform in China, much remains to be worked out in terms of effectively producing these types of international productions — from marketing and filling seats to staging and censorship.


Gaultier Létourneau-Ross: Director of Operations | Saimen

Gaultier’s LinkedIn | Saimen’s website

And, as usual, your host, Aladin Farré.

Aladin’s LinkedIn | Aladin’s Twitter

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Shen Yun: A U.S.-based performing arts and entertainment company (closely linked to Falun Gong).

Wuzhen Theater Festival: One of the biggest Chinese theater festivals, which was launched in 2013.