Jon Wai-keung Lowe

Classical Chinese Drama, Chinese Opera, Xiqu

About the Artist

Jon has over twenty years experience creating theater in the San Francisco Bay Area and NYC. Since 2006, he has pursued classical Chinese drama (opera) and how to make this art form accessible to Western audiences and performers.

Directing credits include the West Coast premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, Best of the SF Fringe winner Green Bamboo Hermitage (also adapter), and new shorts by Christopher Chen, William Bivins, Eugenie Chan, and Daniel Heath. Jon has designed for solo artst David Mills (HERE, Intersection for the Arts, etc.), San Francisco Mime Troupe, and over 20 productions with Theatre Rhinoceros. He is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and Directors Lab West.

Jon has studied the chou (comic) role-type with Qin Weicheng (Shanghai Theatre Academy) and apprenticed under Wang Baoshan with support from the California Alliance for Traditional Arts. He has presented his lecture series “Decoding Chinese Opera” for the Berkeley and San Francisco Public Libraries, University of Cincinnati, Chinese American Heritage Foundation (Boston), and NYU Tisch School of the Arts.


Classical Chinese Drama, Chinese Opera, Xiqu


Artistic consulting, Lectures / Lecture-demonstrations, Workshops

Program Participant

Apprenticeship Recipient

Offerings Location

In-person services, Online/remote services