Joyce Y. Chiou
Following her rigorous studies for music education in Taiwan, Joyce Chiou received training in music and drama from the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University in the U.S. In the early 90s she produced and directed at the Taipei Arts Festival and the Taiwan Music Festivals many Western operas (both indoor and outdoor) such as La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro, Tosca, Hansel und Gretel, Otello, Pagliacci, Mozart and Salieri, and Suor Angelica. Between 1987 and 1995, she set up the first ever opera workshop for professional singers for the National C.K.S. Cultural Center in Taiwan and has produced over two dozen operas, children's theatre, and mega outdoor concerts. Joyce is currently the Executive Director of Taiwan Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan since 2006.
As a playwright, Ms. Chiou's work includes Opera: Heart Sutra (in English, based on Eileen Chang's short story, 2012), and The Black Bearded Bible Man (in English & Taiwanese, 2010), and the Chinese musicals: The Fantasticks (Chinese version), and Women Needs Love, Not To Be Understood. Joyce is also active in theatre circles; she was the producer of the International Stage-reading Festival in Taiwan in 2004 and 2005. Her writings include books A Beautiful Mistake — Biography of Lee, Tai-Shan, Praised for Passion, Lived Without Regrets — Biography of Lee, Yung-Kang, a single volume of encyclopedia on Western musicals: From West End to Broadway, Show Time! – 9 Styles of Musicals and Behind the Mask — Phantom of the Opera.