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Michelle Huynh

Second-year PhD Student

Biography

Michelle Huynh is a second-year PhD student at UCSD. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, she attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Michelle received her BA (Honors) in Theatre and English, and her MFA concentrating in Asian Theatre Performance. Her artistic projects consist of directing and acting in traditional Asian theatre performances. A firm believer in promoting cultural diversity through all possible venues, she learns, utilizes, and translates traditional Asian theatre acting styles to the Western stage that is often dominated by realism, musical theatre, and Shakespeare. She has been trained under master artists from all over in various Asian performance genres, such as Thai and Balinese dance, Japanese kyogen, and Chinese jingju. She has attended conferences and festivals in the US, Asia, and Europe to showcase both her artistic and academic work. For her research, Michelle is interested in Asian theatre (Southeast, East, and South Asia), post-colonial theatre in Asia, experimental fusion work, performativity, and ritual and trance as performance. At this moment, she is particularly interested in Vietnamese performing arts and the performance practices of ethnic minority groups in Southeast Asia.

Research

Asian theatre, post-colonial theatre in Asia, experimental fusion work, performativity, and ritual and trance as performance

Education

University of Hawaii, Manoa