Biography of Alison Friedman

Photo courtesy of: Alison Friedman

Photo courtesy of: Alison Friedman

Alison M. Friedman is the founding director of Ping Pong Productions, a producing and
consulting organization headquartered in Beijing with the mission of cultural diplomacy.
Clients include TAO Dance Theater, Mark Morris Dance Group, the U.S Embassy in China,
the British Council, Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, and Los Angeles Theatre Works.
As director of Ping Pong Productions, Ms. Friedman works closely with Chinese and
international governments and arts organizations to facilitate collaborations, tours, and lasting
artistic relationships.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and political negotiations, Ms. Friedman has worked in the
performing arts in China for more than a decade. She served as international director of the
Beijing Modern Dance Company, general manager of Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun’s
company Parnassus Productions, Inc., and as a producer and host on Chinese national radio and
television programs.
Ms. Friedman graduated Phi Beta Kappa/magna cum laude from Brown University with a
degree in Chinese Literature/Literary Translation. She was a Fulbright fellow to China, an arts
management fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington
D.C., and a fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), where she now
serves on the board.
An expert in China’s developing arts market, Ms. Friedman lectures internationally in both
English and Mandarin Chinese, including keynotes at the National Committee on US-China
Relations, Asia Society, Brown University, People’s University of China, China International
Performing Arts Fair Guangzhou, Fulbright Association 31st Annual Conference, and
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. She has contributed articles and chapters to journals
and collections published in the United States, China, and Europe. Ms. Friedman has been cited
as an expert on Chinese performing arts by the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and
China Daily.
Read about Alison’s work in the New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/03/theater/play-on-pentagon-papers-goes-on-in-beijingbut-not-a-talk.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
And China Daily:
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-04/13/content_15036823.htm

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