Ms Alison M Friedman joined the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) in October 2017 as Artistic Director, Performing Arts. She leads the dance, theatre, xiqu, music and outdoor, learning and participation teams of the Performing Arts Division to ensure WKCDA’s performing arts programmes are conceptualised, curated and implemented to realise the Authority’s vision to be a regional and global leader in the performing arts. In June 2019, she took up the additional role of Acting Executive Director, Performing Arts, and is responsible for steering the planning and development of the performing arts facilities in the District, and for overseeing the strategies and operating models for these facilities.
Ms Friedman is a Board Member of the International Society for the Performing Arts, one of the largest international alliances of performing arts leaders. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, she founded the cultural exchange organisation Ping Pong Productions (PPP) in 2010 after studying as a Fulbright scholar in the Department of History in Peking University and the Beijing Dance Academy in Mainland China from 2002 to 2003. Prior to PPP, Ms Friedman held producer and general manager roles at dance and music institutions, including the Beijing Modern Dance Company and composer / conductor Tan Dun’s production and management company.