SPD Faculty

Kang-Gang Xu

Associate Professor, Chair

Department: Stage Production and Design

Areas: Dance Production Technologies

Mr. Xu has been a production manager with Shen Yun Performing Arts since 2008. He has extensive theoretical knowledge and practical experience in bringing together large-scale stage productions, including the coordination of design, sound, lighting, stage management, crew, live music, and more.

Mr. Xu earned an MS (Ph.D. candidate) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

Yanping Lu

Professor

Department: Stage Production and Design

Areas: Dance Production Technologies

Dr. Liu has been a production manager with Shen Yun Performing Arts since 2007. She has designed, advanced, and executed the technical elements of Shen Yun shows in about 45 top venues around the world, including the arrangement, rental, and purchase of show-related items, designing production schedules, arranging local labor, and setting up and striking of all production elements.

Dr. Liu earned a Ph.D. and MS in Cell Biology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a BS in Biochemistry from Fudan University (China).

H. Helen Jia

Assistant Professor

Department: Stage Production and Design

Areas: Media Production

Ms. Jia worked at New York-based New Tang Dynasty Television for 19 years where she served in a number of different roles, including technical director as well as producer and director of broadcast television. She has directed daily live news broadcasts, in-studio talk shows, and many large-scale special event productions. She has also produced many TV programs, such as five seasons of a Chinese-language historical series entitled Xiao Tan Feng Yun and Zoom In, an in-depth/investigative report program.

Ms. Jia earned an MFA in Media Production from The City College of New York and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Shenyang Aerospace University (China).

Peiyi Marple

Assistant Professor

Department: Stage Production and Design

Areas: Lighting Technologies

Ms. Marple has been a lighting designer and production electrician for Shen Yun Performing Arts since 2009 and does lighting design for more than 100 live shows every year.

Ms. Marple earned an MFA in Art History, Arts Administration, and Art Criticism from Tunghai University (Taiwan)

Jian Hu

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Department: Stage Production and Design

Areas: Architecture & Drafting

Mr. Hu is senior architect, working through all design phases including masterplan, code compliance, conceptual design, design development, and construction documents. He leads design team to ensure to meet design intent, schedule, and budget. He was a first prize winner of international architecture design competition. Mr. Hu received Master of Achitecture from the University of Arizona in 2003.

D. Sophie Cong

Adjunct Teaching Specialist

Department: Stage Production and Design

Areas: Art Design

Ms. Cong has five years’ experience in Environmental Art Design and furniture design. She has also been involved in the design of a number of rooftop gardens and hotel buildings in many provinces in Mainland China as well as an international building in Singapore.

Mr. Cong graduated from the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts (now called the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University) where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Art Design.

Jacob Wallenberg

Adjunct Teaching Specialist

Department: Stage Production and Design

Areas: Audio Engineering

Mr. Wallenberg has been an Audio Engineer for the Shen Yun Performing Arts since 2013, managing, designing, and executing the sound aspects of onstage performances as well as audio recordings. This includes over 130 onstage performances every year. His studio mixing work has been published professionally in Shen Yun Performing Arts’ CDs, Blu-rays, and DVDs.

Mr. Wallenberg earned a BA from Brown University and also studied at Berklee College of Music. He is proficient in a number of instruments and has performed in various music groups and ensembles over the years.