Vivian Ching-Mei Chu

BA, MFA, Ph. D.  

 

 

Education:

         1996  Ph. D. in Theatre (Directing), Bowling Green State University

           1987  M.F.A. in Theatre (Acting), City University of New York

           1984  B.A. in English, Fu-Jen Catholic University

 

 

Current Position:

           Professor, Department of Drama and Theatre, National Taiwan University

 

 

Working Experience:

2001-2011  Associate Professor, Dept. of Drama and Theatre, National Taiwan University

 

1996-2001  Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Drama and Theatre, National Taiwan University

 

1987-1992  Adjunt Lecturer, English Department, Fu-Jen Catholic University

 

 

 

Main Research Areas:

          Directing

          Acting

          Voice

          Shakespearean films

          Acting in Animation / Motion Design

 

 

Publications:

 

I. Academic Books:

 

         1. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. Joseph Chaikin and the Open Theatre: The Paragon of Collective Improvisation. Taipei: National Taiwan University Press, 2011.

 

         2. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. Classic Text, Modern Tune: Stagings of the Classics in Neo-Avant-Garde Theatre. Taipei: Bookman, 2001.

 

         3. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. The Artaudian Theatre of Images. Trans. Shih-Long Lo & Ching-Shiou Kuo, Taipei:Yangchi, 1999.

 

II. Journal Articles:

 

         1. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. ¡§Interior Vision, Exterior Visuals: The Imagistic Language of the soliloquy Space in Shakespearean Films¡¨ Arts Journal 94:1 (April 2014) Forthcoming

 

         2. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. ¡§The Frame-within-the Frame: The Meta-cinematic Strategies of Filming Looking for Richard.¡¨ Theatre Studies 12(July 2013), 165-194.

 

         3. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. ¡§The Conflicts and Facile Dissolution of Collective Improvisation: ¡§The Open Theatre¡¨ as Example.¡¨ Chung-Shan Journal 30 (July 2011), 61-84.

 

         4. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. ¡§The Experiments of Collective Improvisation in the Early Creative Period of Stanley Lai: The Case of Bach Variations.¡¨ Theatre Studies 7(Jan. 2011),192-128.

 

         5. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. "Alice in Horror Land: Julie Taymor¡¦s Experimental Shakespeare Film Titus Andronicus." Chung-Shan Journal 30 (July 2011), 1-24.

 

         6. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. " The Intergration of Theatre and Film: the Experimental Shakespeare Films of Lord Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh." Taipei Theatre Journal 6 (Aug. 2007), 101-119.

 

         7. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. "Acting for Clowns in Disney Animation." Arts Journal 81:2 (Oct. 2007), 195-210.

 

         8. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. "Victor, Villain, and Vagabond: Marlowe¡¦s Tamburlaine." Taipei Theatre Journal 3 (Jan. 2006), 7-38.

 

         9. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. ¡§To Act or Not to Act?: The Wilsonian Postmodern Acting.¡¨ Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 29:12(May 2001), 108-125.

 

         10. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. ¡§Improvisational Strategies of the Open Theatre: The Making of The Serpent,¡¨ Arts Reviews 11 (2000), 223-254.

 

         11. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. ¡§To Be and Not to Be: The Aesthetics of ¡¥Alienation Effect¡¦ in Brechtian Epic Acting and Chinese Acting,¡¨ Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 29: 3 (August 2000), 140-57.

 

         12. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. "Commedia dell'arte and Moli áre." Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 29:10 (February 2001), 94-116.

 

         13. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. ¡§Contemporarization of the Classics in Neo-Avant-Garde Theatre.¡¨ Chung-Wai Literary Monthly 8:9 (February 2000), 119-46.

 

         14. Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. ¡§Stagings of the Masterpieces in the Theatre of Brook, Serban, Grotowski, and Mnouchkine.¡¨ Arts Reviews 10 (1999), 149-72.

 

 

III. Academic Book Articles:

 

Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. ¡§Acting Techniques and Pedagogy for the Comedies of Moli áre¡¨ International Conference on Moli áre. Taipei: National Taiwan University of Arts, (2006),180-190.

 

Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. ¡§Hamlet¡¦s Soliloquies in Film (1990-2000): Directors¡¦ Perspectives.¡¨ Shakespeare Our Contemporary: Contexts, Intertexts & Perspectives. Shanghai: Fu-Dan University, (2005), 273-289.

 

Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. ¡§Sondheim / Prince¡¦s ¡§Concept Musical¡¨: Creative Methods and Process.¡¨ International Conference on Performing Arts.Taipei: National Taiwan University of Arts, (2006).

 

Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei. ¡§Greek Tragedies in ¡§Contemporary Legend Theatre.¡¨ Conference on Taiwan Contemporary Theatre, 1999.

 

 

National Science Council Awards:

 

1. Old Trick, New Show: Lazzi in the commedia dell¡¦arte and Disney¡¦s Early Animation.¡¨ Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei, sponsored by National Science Council #NSC 100-2410-H-002-168, 8/1/2012-7/31/2013

 

2. ¡§Multi-Visional Dimension of Semiotic Imagery: Language of Imagery in Shakespeare: The Animated Tales¡¨ Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei, sponsored by National Science Council #NSC 99-2410-H-002-199, 8/1/2011-7/31/2012

 

3. ¡§A Traceability of the Body Movement and Character Acting in Disney Animation: The Influence and Application of the commedia dell¡¦Arte¡¨ Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei, sponsored by National Science Council #NSC 99-2410-H-002-195, 8/1/2010-7/31/2011

 

4, ¡§The Frame-within-the-Frame: The Metacinematic Strategies of Filming Shakespeare¡¦s Plays.¡¨ Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei, sponsored by National Science Council #NSC 98-2410-H-002-208, 8/1/2009-7/31/2010

 

 5. ¡§Acting in Disney Animation: Aesthetics and Strategies.¡¨ Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei, sponsored by National Science Council #NSC 97-2410-H-002-141, 8/1/2008-7/31/2009

 

6. ¡§Performance in Shakespearean Films: Transformation and Transgression.¡¨ Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei, sponsored by National Science Council #NSC 96-2411-H-002-077, 8/1/2007-7/31/2008

 

7. ¡§The Alternative Shakespeare: Avant-Garde Experiments in Shakespearean Films 1990-2000.¡¨ Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei, sponsored by National Science Council #NSC 95-2411-H-002-094, 8/1/2006-7/31/2007

 

8. ¡§The Interface of Theatre and Film: The Experimental Shakespeare Films of Lord Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh.¡¨ Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei, sponsored by National Science Council #NSC 94-2411-H-002-027, 8/1/2005-7/31/2006

 

9. ¡§Interior Visions, Exterior Visuals: The Imagery Language in the Dimensions of Shakespearean Films.¡¨ Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei, sponsored by National Science Council #NSC 93-2411-H-002-069, 8/1/2004-7/31/2005

 

10. ¡§Sondheim / Prince¡¦s ¡§Concept Musical¡¨: Creative Methods and Process.¡¨ Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei, sponsored by National Science Council #NSC 91-2411-H-002-070, 8/1/2002-7/31/2003

 

11. ¡§To Be and Not To Be: The Aesthetics of "Alienation Effect" in Brechtian Epic Acting and Chinese Acting.¡¨ Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei, sponsored by National Science Council #NSC 88-2411-H-002-046, 8/1/1998-7/31/1999

 

12. The Director / Auteur: Stagings of the Classics in Neo-Avant-Garde Theatre.¡¨ Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei, sponsored by National Science Council #NSC 87-2415-H-002-051, 8/1/1997-7/31/1998

 

 

2013                 NTU Award for Outstanding Academic Book

 

2012                 Visiting professor at the Medical School of University College, London

 

2012                 National Science Council Research Fellowship

 

2008                 NTU Award for Outstanding Academic Research

 

2003                 Visiting professor at the University of Chicago

 

2003                 National Science Council Research Fellowship

 

2001-2005       Theatre evaluation committee member of the National Theatre (Chiang Kai-Shek Culture Centre)

 

1997-2013       Thirteen National Science Council Awards (1997-98,2002,2004-2013)

 

1992-4             Fulbright professor at Bowling Green State University

 

 

 

2010             ¡§The Establishment of Digital Video Database for Teacher Training Material and Training Modes¡¨, Chu, Vivian Ching-Mei, Tsai, Chuen-Juen, Wu, Ming-Shuen,                                                                             Taipei Medical University Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine, sponsored by National Science Council

 

2008                 The Taming of the Pet (animated film), Taipei: Zuei-In Studio

 

2005                 Pinocchio¡]animated film¡AGraduate Institute of Networking and Multimedia project, National Taiwan University¡^

 

2004                 A Midsummer Night¡¦s Dream¡A Sir Run Run Shaw Theatre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

2002                 Macbeth¡ATaipei¡GNovel Hall

 

2002                 The Birthday Party¡APerformance Centre, National Taipei University of Arts

 

2002                 The Inter-net¡APerformance Centre, National Taipei University of Arts

 

2000                 Mountain Language¡AOld Main Library, National Taiwan University

 

2000                 The Sand Box¡AOld Main Library, National Taiwan University

 

2000                 The Importance of Being Earnest¡AOld Main Library, National Taiwan University

 

1998                 A Night Out with Shakespeare, Taipei, Crown Theatre

 

1997                 Waiting for Godot, Taipei, Crown Theatre

 

1996                 The Lover, Taipei, NTU Theatre

 

1995                 The Good Woman of Setzuan, J.E. Brown Theatre, Bowling Green State Univ.

 

1994                 The Sneeze, Experimental Theatre, Bowling Green State Univ.

 

1991                 The Good Doctor, Fu-Jen Theatre

 

1990                 A Night Out, Fu-Jen Theatre