Chongren Fan 范崇人
is a New York-based bilingual stage director who was born and raised in Shanghai, China. He is currently the Artistic Director of Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America, a downtown 501(c)3 theatre company founded by Sister Joanna Chan in 1992.
He was a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club, a Signature Theatre Alumnus and a Resident Director at the Flea Theater under the leadership of its Founding Artistic Director Jim Simpson.
Most recently Chongren directed the New York Premiere of award winning playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s 410[GONE] for Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America and a work-in-process production of playwright/composer Angel Lam’s Lost in Shanghai for Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. In 2016 he translated and directed China Premiere of Marie Jones' Olivier Award Best Comedy Stones in His Pockets at Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre. During 2015-2016 he was a Resident Artist at the prestigious experimental theater company Mabou Mines.
Chongren is also a projection programmer for live performances. He often collaborates with projection designers such as Hannah Wasileski and Daniel Brodie among others. He joined IATSE in March 2017 and programmed projections for Disney's Broadway Musical Aladdin North American Tour.
Since 2015 Chongren has been the production supervisor for large scale international touring productions from China to Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts produced by China Arts and Entertainment Group including Dragon Boat Racing(LCT), Confucius(LCT and Kennedy Center), and Re-discover Chinese Music(Kennedy Center).
Chongren has also worked with Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, Bard Music Festival, Da Camera/Houston Opera, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, La Mama, New Ohio Theatre, Dixon Place, Prototype Festival, American Dance Institute and Mecoon Theater(Shanghai, China).
He has an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College.