Education


University of Connecticut, Master of Fine Arts Degree, Puppet Arts, 2000.


Haidien Language Institute, Study of the English language, 1990.


Beijing Art Academy, Training in puppetry, voice, dance, drama and Beijing-Opera, 1972 -74.



Awards

     • Rocky Awards from Dance USA, Philadelphia on September 15, 2014.


      • Best Creativity for production of Butterfly Dreams at The 21th UNIMA Congress & World Puppet Festival in Chengdu China, 2012


• Individual Creative Artist Fellowship from Pennsylvania Council on the   Arts 2003


• Special Dramatic Arts Award for Excellence, University of Connecticut, 2000.


• Frank Ballard/UConn League Award, University of Connecticut, 1999.


• Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry Award, University of Connecticut, 1998.


• Jim Henson Memorial Prize in Puppetry, University of Connecticut, 1997.


University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts Medal for distinguished contribution to the advancement of the arts presented in recognition of her work as a puppet master, actor, director and writer, 1994.


Beijing City Cultural Bureau Award for Best Writer/Director of a new production and award for Best Performance for her portrayal of the dancing woman in a puppet review, The Happy Party, in China 1994.


Beijing City Cultural Bureau Award for Best Performance in her portrayal of the title character in Zhong Kuei, in China 1994


Chinese Ministry of Culture National Award for Best Director for The Fox and the Grapes, in China 1992.



Chinese Ministry of Culture National Award for portrayal of the mouse in Chinese traditional fable, The Cat and the Mouse Get Married, in China 1992.



Professional Experience


      White Nights: A multi-art performance. Commission work for Lize International Puppet Art Festival Nov. 2017. Creator, Artistic Director, puppet and installation sculptor and performer


Dragon Boat Dream: Installation. Commission work for Philadelphia International Airport Exhibition. From May to Dec. 2016


Dream of Land: Creator, Artistic Director, puppet and installation sculptor and performer at Gallery of Asian Arts Initiative Feb. 26, 2016


Bridge Between Body and Puppet: Guest teaching artist for Pre-O’Neil National Puppet Conference 2012 and 2014.


Dream Journeys: Solo Exhibition at Asian Arts Initiative Solo Nov. 2013


Shadow: Solo performer. It is commissioned by Kun-yang Lin/Dancers for the dance “Be/Longing: Light/Shadow 2013.


The Gate: Solo performer for Japanese character of Koharo from 2000 to 2013. Puppet Designer, Sculptor, Choreographer and Performer for world- famous composer Tan Dun’s Orchestral Theatre IV.  She performed in Shanghai, Guangzhou & Beijing, China, BAM. NY, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A., London, England, Belgium, Lyon, France, Munich & Hamburg, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Lisbon, Portugal, Singapore and Taipei, Taiwan.broadcast in London, England and filmed with the Flemish Radio Orchestra in Belgium.


Soul Voice: Mask making and coach for performance. It commissioned by Kun-yang Lin/Dancers production “Beyond the Bone” April. 2011


Two Hands: Artistic director, Sculptor and Performer. Collaboration with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. It is commissioned by Annenberg Center for the performing arts. Oct. 2011


Masks: Fox, Cat, Ram and Three Chickens for Stravinsky’s music “Renard” commissioned by Kun-yang Lin/Dancers. Mask design & making April. 2011


Paper sculpture - Earth Mandala, commissioned by Kun-yang Lin/Dancers production “Mandala” Feb. 2011


“Movement with Object” Workshops for Kun-yang Lin/Dancers. Oct. 2010


Monkey King & the Adventure of the Golden Bells: commissioned by the Bradford County Regional Arts Council. Artistic Director, Mask and Scenery Designer, Aug. 2010


East Meets West II -  The Journey Continues: Visual Expressions - Conceptual Artist, Puppet Designer, Sculptor and Performer, 2008.


Chinese Dragon Story: Shadow Mask Theater production for Artist in Residency Co-Writer, Instructor and Director 2006


Monkey King First Adventure: Shadow Mask Theater production for Artist in Residency for Sara- Co-Writer, Instructor and Director 2005


Reflections: Multi-Theater production -  Conceptual Artist, Puppet Designer, Sculptor, Choreographer and Performer, 2005.


Chinese Puppet Performance: Chinese Puppet performance Class at University of Connecticut -  Guest Artist 2005 


“Chinese Dragon, Chinese Calligrapher”: Lecture/Demonstration of China’s Folk art and Chinese Calligrapher for Artist in Education Residency – instructor 2004


Individual Creative Artist Fellowship from Pennsylvania Council on the   Arts 2003


Butterfly Dreams: Multi-Theater production- Conceptual Artist, Puppet Designer, Sculptor, Choreographer and Performer, 2001.


East Meets West: Visual Expressions - Conceptual Artist, Puppet Designer, Sculptor and Performer, 2001.


Playing with Klee: Ming Ri Theatre, Hong Kong - Puppet Designer, Builder and Performer, 2001.


Sad Dad: Between the Lions: PBS - Puppet Designer, Builder and Performer, 2000.


The Bell: University of Connecticut - Conceptual Artist and Designer, 2000.


     • University of Connecticut, Conference for Teachers of the Talented and Gifted - Master Class Leader, 2000.


Teacher’s Institute in Puppetry, Master Classes in Puppetry for Teachers - Co-Leader, 1999 & 2000.


International Festival of Puppet Arts, O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, CT, presenting performance companies from France, Germany, Israel and Spain - Co-Producer, 1999.


The Eight Immortals: Puppet production. University of Connecticut - Assistant Director and Cultural Consultant, 1999.


National Puppetry Conference, Waterford, CT - Emerging Artist Project, The Bell, 1999.


Frank Ballard/UConn League Award, University of Connecticut, 1999.


International Summer Academy of String Puppetry, Taught by Albrecht Roser (Germany), Storrs, CT - Assistant of the Guest Artist, 1998, 1999 & 2000.


Mentor Connection, University of Connecticut - Mentor for High School Students, 1998, 1999 & 2000.


IBM GOLDEN CIRCLE: IBM, Kapalua, HI, Lead Builder, 1998.


National Puppetry Conference, Waterford, CT - Creative Consultant, 1998 & 2000.


University of Connecticut - Instructor of traditional Chinese Rod Puppet Performance, 1997 & 1998.


Barclay School, Towanda, PA - Puppetry Consultant, 1997 - 1999.


Visit from the Footbinder: Lincoln Center, NY - Production Consultant, 1997.


University of Connecticut - Guest Lecturer on Traditional Chinese Puppetry in schools, libraries, universities and arts organizations throughout New England, 1996 - present.


Good Friends company Beijing, Co-founder. This enterprise offered puppet performances, puppet design, manufacture and sales, 1995 - 1997.


University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts Medal for distinguished contribution to the advancement of the arts presented in recognition of her work as a puppet master, actor, director and writer, 1994.


Morley Productions, New London, CT, Production Planner and Puppet Performer, The Adventures of Hua Hua & Morley, Chinese-American joint venture television production, 1994.


Northeast Regional Festival of The Puppeteers of America, Storrs, CT, Special Guest and Featured Performer, 1994.


Beijing Amusement Park, Artistic Advisor - wrote, directed and produced puppet shows performed daily from April through October, 1990-96.


Beijing Normal University, Consultant and Performer for Learn Chinese. a Chinese language instructional production, 1982-83.


China Puppet Arts Troupe, Performer.1974-95. National and international performance tours.











Resume


Biography


Hua Hua Zhang graduated from The Beijing Academy of Performing Arts and received many awards for performing arts in China. She received a MFA degree in Puppet Art from the School of Fine Arts Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut in 2000. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Visual Expressions.


Hua Hua has more than 30 years' experience in the field of puppet arts in both Asian tradition puppet art and Western puppet art. She has performed all around the world and received many awards in both China and the US. She remains active in learning new things and creating new artworks. Her experimental puppet art shows have brought a new wave to the puppetry field. 


In addition to puppet art, Hua Hua is a multi-disciplinary artist in sculpting, dance and theater. In 2016-2017, she created the installation artwork “Dragon Boat Dream for Philadelphia International Airport exhibition. In 2013, she opened her fist solo exhibition – “Dream Journeys” presented by Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia. Her original creations for puppet art performance include “White Nights”, “Dream of Land”, “Butterfly Dreams”, “Reflections”, “Two Hands” collaboration with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, “East Meets West” and “The Bell”.


From early 2000 to the present, She is Solo performer for Japanese character of Koharo for world - famous composer Tan Dun’s Orchestral Theatre IV: The Gate


Hua Hua has also an educator. She been invited as a guest artist at Universities, taught at the O’Neill National Puppet Conference and the University of Connecticut.  She has also been invited by numerous high schools, middle schools and elementary schools in the United States to design programs for puppet arts in the classroom. Her programs involve creativity and imagination that make her well known in the field of education and beloved by teachers and students.