Meiling Cheng

Associate Professor, Director of Critical Studies
D.F.A. Yale University

Meiling ChengBorn and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Meiling Cheng came to the United States in 1986 to study at Yale University, School of Drama, where she earned her MFA (1989) and DFA (1993) degrees in Theatre Arts. She began teaching at USC in 1994 and has taught a variety of courses in theatre history, dramatic literature, contemporary kinesthetic theatre and live art, and visual and cultural studies. A noted performance art critic and poet, Dr. Cheng has published widely in both English and Chinese. Since 2004, she has contributed a series of groundbreaking articles on performance art and performative installation to scholarly journals in the US, UK, Australia, and China. She also presented internationally numerous papers on Chinese experimental time-based art, traveling to Singapore, Honolulu, London, Boston, Providence, Chicago, Toronto, New York, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, and Leeds for her talks. Her first book, In Other Los Angeleses: Multicentric Performance Art (University of California Press, 2002), received a 1996 Junior Faculty Award from Southern California Studies Center and a 1999 Zumberge Individual Research Grant from USC. Her second book, Beijing Xingwei: Contemporary Chinese Time-Based Art (Seagull Books, 2012), received the support of a 2006 Zumberge Individual Research Grant and a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship. With Gabrielle Cody, Dr. Cheng is currently coediting a critical anthology entitled, Reading Contemporary Performance: Theatricality Across Genres, which will be published by Routledge in 2015.