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Wenxuan Xue

Scholar | Artist | Teacher

they/them or any pronouns

Wenxuan 文轩

means vehicle of knowledge

in Mandarin Chinese

Photography by Manjari Mukherjee

I am a performance artist, dramaturg, and PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies at Tufts University. My research and teaching practice focuses on feminist, queer, and trans Asian diasporic performance.


As a PhD student, I’m currently working on my dissertation project tentatively titled Ancestral Routes: Embodied Return and Queer Asian Diasporic Performance, attending to contemporary performances created by, for, and about queer and trans Asian diasporas in which they embody ancestral returns, spiritual reconnections, and land/water relations. My other research interests include queer rurality in the global Asias, theatre for social change, as well as transpacific ecologies. 


My artistic process centers on nurturing and awakening “the inner child,” who always sees love, tenderness, and kindness in the darkest corners, who is so curious, open, and playful about the world’s beautiful messes, and yet undisciplined to be ruled by norms of gender, borders, and adulthood. As a dramaturg, I was part of the 2022-2023 Volt Lab at Company One Theatre. I had the honor of working with people, artists, and workers from ArtsEmerson, CHUANG Stage, Central Square Theater, Gung Ho Projects, The Lark, New York Stage and Film, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and Ping Pong Productions. 

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