Founded in 2023 by first generation immigrant artists, Cellunova is a New York based [interdisciplinary] production company aiming to create experiences that expand the boundaries of theatre.
Jianing Zhao is an interdisciplinary director, designer and performer based in upstate NY. She is interested in immersive and innovative storytelling that bridges the gaps between visual and performing arts.
Selected directing credits: The Match Girl (2023, Chain Theatre), The Tyrannicides (2021, Riverside Theater); This Is On Fire (2020, Hanger Theater, virtual); Les Chaises (2020, Princeton, canceled due to covid); Folding Beijing (2019, Princeton). Selected acting credits: Mine (2023, Cornell); Pays lointain (2019, Princeton); Roberto Zucco (2019, Princeton); Tous des Oiseaux (2018, Princeton); Ревизор (2018, Princeton); Motifs: Scenes by Chekhov (2018, dir: Guillaume Gallienne). Design credits: Odyssey (2019, costume design, Berlind Theater). She facilitates theater devising/improv in a maximum security prison weekly with Phoenix Players Theatre Groups.
Besides theater, Jianing also works in the intersection between performance art, fashion, and photography, as a creative director, fashion designer, photographer, and model. Her photo works have been published in Vogue Italia, MODIC, GMARO, Féroce, among other magazines, and exhibited at Cracow Fashion Week (2020), Princeton University Prospect House (2021-present), and Cornell University Big Red Barn (solo exhibition, upcoming, 2024).
Jianing graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude with BA degrees in Theater, Archaeology, Slavic Literature, and Digital Humanities. She is currently a JD candidate at Cornell Law School. She knows Mandarin, English, French, Russian, German, Arabic, Akkadian, and ASL.
Jiaxin Guan is an interdisciplinary director and actor based in New Jersey. With a focus on exploring the complexities of human relationships and emotions, Jiaxin brings depth and nuance to his productions and performances.
Prior to co-founding Cellunova, Jiaxin primarily works with Princeton Chinese Theater. Jiaxin's selected directing / co-directing credits: Journey to the West 2 (2022, Princeton); Secret Love for the Peach Blossom Spring (2021, Princeton); The Late Christopher Bean (2018, Princeton). His selected acting credits: Secret Love for the Peach Blossom Spring (2021, Princeton); Folding Beijing (2019, Princeton); Teahouse (2019, Alchemical Studios NY; 2018, Princeton); The Late Christopher Bean (2018, Princeton); And Then There Were None (2017, Princeton).
Jiaxin graduated from Stanford University with honors, and is now a final year PhD candidate at Princeton University studying cryptography.
Amy Namei Wang
Amy Namei Wang is an interdisciplinary actor, art manager, and director based in New York. Her passion lies in exploring how theater can cultivate a sense of community and resilience in a volatile environment while telling stories that evoke unfamiliar emotions.
Her past theater experience includes Peter and the Starcatcher (2020, unfortunately canceled due to the Covid-19 lockdown), Small Talk (2019), The Secret in the Wings (2019), Elemeno Pea (2018), and Line (2018).
Amy graduated from Oberlin College in 2020, where she double majored in Environmental Studies and Theater, and she further pursued her MS in Sustainability from Columbia University. She speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
Sophia Zhu is a set designer, exhibition designer, and architect based in New York City. Her work is focused on experiential performances in physical space through interdisciplinary media innovations in the hybrid age.
She received her Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hong Kong. She has previously worked with Princeton Theater Department. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in New York, Boston, London, and Hong Kong.