Stage Presence

Yuka Takashima

Acting Instructor

Graduated from the Central Academy of Drama, Yakashima was an actress in the Railway Performing Arts Troupe in Beijing. She has extensive acting experiences on stage, as well as on television, films, and broadcasting. Yuka was also taught the Chinese language on Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) TV & Radio 1990-1995. After moving to the US, Yuka is very active in the Bay Area teaching Chinese and performing arts. Her awards include:

  • Movie: Lady from Huangshan won the 7th Little Hundred Flowers Excellence Award, 1985.
  • Drama: Dream, the best performing award in China Drama Festival, 1988.
  • Movie: Love in Tokyo, movie festival awards in Tokyo and France, 1993.
  • Script and directing: Monkeys and Old Man, the 3rd place in California Skits Competition, youth group, 2009.
  • Drama: Blind Date, the 2nd place in the above competition, adult group.

Chinese Opera

Yi Guan

Acting Instructor

Ms. Yi Guan is born to a Peking Opera family, and graduated from Shenyang Peking Opera School. She specializes in the young lady’s role in Peking Opera, which demands an attractive stage appearance and a voice sweet. Capable of performing both the musical and martial roles, she has received many awards from national and international contests. Ms. Guan has toured all around the world with her troupe, performing the leading female roles in numerous Peking Opera classics. Her performances have won unanimous praises from audiences in China and abroad.

Sabrina Shuang Hou

Acting Instructor

An award winning singer and Kunqu Opera performer, the fourth generation in an internationally noted Kunqu performing family. Graduated from Beijing Conservatory of Traditional Opera in 1988, Hou held the seat of lead actress in Beijing Northern Kunqu Opera Theater 1988–1996. In 1989, Ms. Hou won an award in Beijing Young Traditional Opera Performer Competition, and in 1994, an Excellent Performance Award in China First Kunqu Competition. She also performed leading roles in films, TV dramas, and hosted TV programs at CCTV and Beijing Television. After moving to the U.S. in 1997, Hou advanced her studies at the University of San Francisco, performed for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, and gave lecture-demonstrations on Kunqu Opera at Stanford University, Dartmouth University, Pacific Lutheran University, Evergreen State College, and UC Berkeley. She performed as a Chinese folk singer in a musical tribute, a fusion opera, and participated in the 2004 Paris Jazz Festival. As the founder, artistic director, and teacher of Peony Performing Arts (PPA), she taught the students from age 3 to 70. With her students, PPA performed her dance-theatre work Chinese Dynasties at the Asian Art Museum, ODC Theater in SF, and Finn Center in Mountain View. in 2007, Ms. Hou was awarded as a Master Artist in the Alliance of California Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.