【 Contributions 】
As a Chinese opera enthusiast, Koo Huai-chun promotes the traditional art form through the C.F. Koo Foundation. She established a theater to promote Taipei Ly-yuan Peking Opera Theatre, and has devoted considerable effort towards nurturing performers and administrative experts in the field of traditional Chinese opera. Koo is also the founder of TaipeiEYE at the Taiwan Cement Building, which has since become the home of authentic traditional Chinese performance arts in Taipei. TaipeiEYE has produced "New Old Play" programs that incorporate innovative and traditional elements, as well as "New Dance Style"and "New Tradition" programs that have received acclaim for boosting theater culture.
【 Meet the Winners 】
Koo Huai-chun completed her academic studies at Tunghai University, University of Wisconsin, and University of Michigan. She is chief executive officer of C.F. Koo Foundation, co-founder of Taipei Ly-yuan Peking Opera Theatre, and founder of TaipeiEYE. She has previously served as director of Novel Hall, president of Chinese-Taipei Theatre Association, and chairwoman of several Chinese-language theater festivals on both sides of Taiwan Strait. She is a lifelong supporter of traditional Chinese performance arts, having co-produced the "New Old Play" program with Li Bao-chun, a noted Chinese opera singer, actor, and director from a distinguished Peking opera clan. With her support, more than 50 Peking opera programs, classic Chinese plays, and new Kunqu and Peking opera productions have been performed around the world since 1991. Apart from Taiwan, these performances have also been staged in Europe, the United States, China, and Hong Kong. Known for her excellent management of non-government and non-profit cultural organizations, Koo is active and well-respected in the international arena. She is currently serving as vice president of ITI Taiwan Center and vice chairwoman of International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA). She is also a senior member of global alliances such as the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres (AAPPAC), and Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP).