Zhou Long

Xiqu & theatre artist, director and educator

Born in 1965, he began studying Peking opera and Kunqu art at the age of 7. He is now a stage performer, director, and artist, and a representative inheritor of the intangible cultural heritage of Peking opera. He has received China's highest award for drama performance art, the Plum Blossom Award, the Best Performance Award at the National Young Peking Opera Actors TV Competition, the Best Performance Award at the National Peking Opera Actors Invitation Competition, among others.

Zhou Long has also served as the vice-president, professor, and graduate advisor of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. He currently holds positions as the deputy director of the Drama and Film Studies Teaching Guidance Committee of the Ministry of Education, a senior title appraisal committee member in the Art Profession of the Ministry of Culture, an appraisal committee member for the National Stage Fine Works Project, a judging committee member for the China Culture and Arts Government Award - Performance Award, a director of the Chinese Theatre Association etc.