My Work

Some article samples...

The British Library Literature Project

The Play's The Thing

The Strad, June 2017

The Problem of Substandard Bow Hair

Time Out Shanghai, September 2016

Interview with Game of Thrones Star Jonathan Pryce

Time Out Shanghai, August 2016

Interview with Matthew Bourne OBE, on Sleeping Beauty

Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, 2016

Interview with China's Best-Known Contemporary Composer

Time Out Beijing, June 2014

Interview with Academy Award-Winning Actor and Director Tim Robbins

Time Out Shanghai, April 2014

Fiftieth Anniversary of China's First Original Ballet, The White-Haired Girl

Time Out Shanghai, February 2014

How China is Leading the Ballet Evolution

The Strad, August 2013

Flying High: an El Sistema-Inspired Music Education Programme in China

Time Out Shanghai, August 2013

How China is Building a Musical Theatre Empire

Time Out Shanghai, May 2009

Interview with National Ballet of China's Zhao Ruheng about Dance in Revolutionary China

Christian Science Monitor, December 18, 2008

In China,  a Taste of Broadway's 'Fame'

Christian Science Monitor, May 16, 2008

In China, He Builds Bridges with Music

South China Morning Post, May 4, 2008

A Good Egg (Beijing NCPA's Orchestra Festival)

South China Morning Post, June 3, 2007

They're a Crafty Lot (Chinese Violinmaking)

South China Morning Post, April 16, 2007

Peng Peng Gong (Interview with "Asia's Mozart")

South China Morning Post, October 10, 2006

Plots Thicken (Organic Farming in China)

 

Current projects include…

Editing:

  • A UN Migration Agency / International Organization of Migration policy paper on the correct way to establish and operate shelters for trafficked persons;

  • A collection of blogs-turned-book by the foremost modern dance choreographer in China; and

  • A children’s education project that involves songs, flashcards, playing cards, and several series of picture books.

Writing:

  • A collaborative authorship about China’s foremost Shakespeare translator and his amazing life story, done in narrative nonfiction style; and

  • A feature about the multilayered history of the musical Chicago, coming to Beijing and Shanghai this winter.

 

A look at the Shakespeare culture in China—yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

The People’s Bard:

How China Made Shakespeare Its Own

China's relationship with Shakespeare evolved from the purely political to the deeply passionate, from progressives using him to inspire modernity, to translators devoting their careers, even their lives to his words, to modern-day university students who read Shakespeare on weekends—for fun. Through the voices of scholars, directors, journalists, and traveling theater companies, The People's Bard takes a concentrated look at how the Chinese shaped and molded the West's greatest playwright into their own cultural context, and how they might be the Bard's best hope for the future. Buy it here.

Praise for The People’s Bard…

Nancy Pellegrini’s ‘The People’s Bard’ is a wonderful, rich exploration of how great work transcends time, country, and culture, and of how the Chinese people made Shakespeare their own. Both scholarly and intimate, this is a history not just of one playwright, but of an entire country.
— James Palmer, author of The Death of Mao.
In just 125 pages Nancy Pellegrini provides fascinating insight into the remarkable (and rarely explored) role of Shakespeare in China. This is not just a love letter to Shakespeare, it’s a fantastic introduction to China past and present. Prose is fluid and information is plentiful but never overdone. A must read for anyone with an interest in Shakespeare, China or both.
— Jemimah Steinfeld, author of Little Emperors and Material Girls: Youth and Sex in Modern China
Shakespeare is arguably the world’s best-known cultural icon-with universal appeal. In China, his appeal, like everything else in China, is special—and Nancy Pellegrini guides us through all he complications of culture clash, language difference and political interferences with a sure and elegant touch. Her book, as intended, is an excellent introduction to a protean topic—and for most of us may well be all that we need to know. I strongly recommend it.
— Alan Babington-Smith, President, Royal Asiatic Society Beijing

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