Wang Rong-yu, the Founder and Artistic Director of Golden Bough
Theatre, was raised in a family that traveled around to perform
Taiwanese Operas on 1960.
After receiving training at Lan-lin Theater in 1998, he was the main
member of U Theatre between 1988 and 1992 taking on major roles for
many plays. From 1991, he also was the training manager in U Theatre.
During the years, he received
Grotowski’s body and mind training, Taichi-Dowing, and Taiwanese
folk arts studies. At the same time, he starts to study meditation by
himself till present.
In 1993, Mr. Wang founded Golden Bough
Theatre. His works are full of unique charm of locality which gain
inspiration from Taiwanese folk culture. Its aesthetics is distinct
from the modern theatre groups influenced by Western theatre.
From 1994, he was invited by Cloud Gate
Theatre of Taiwan to be the leading performer in “Songs of the
Wanderers” till present.
In 1998, Mr. Wang Rong-Yu was awarded a
protegeous Asian Cultural Council (ACC, a Rochefeller family affiliated
foundation) grant on account of his distinguished achievements in
performance and directing.
In 2006, he was invited by Theatre Director's Association of Korea to direct his work “Butterflies” in Seoul.
In 2009, he was invited by Taipei County
Goverment to be the Artistic Director of “The Legend of
Sino-French War in Tamsui” , an environmental theatre performed
by art groups and 183 townspeople with more 300 backstage volunteers as
part of the 2009 Tamsui Arts & Culture Festival. This play was
selected one of the top 10 art events of the year.
To date, Mr. Wang has more than 16 creations, the important works include: “Sayonara 1945”, “Happiness Part 3”, “My Ancestors’ Stories”, “Happiness Part 1 & 2”, “Troy, Troy…Taiwan”, “She is So Lovely…”, “Butterflies”, “Taiwan Opera-The Female Robinhood: Pai Hsiao Lan”, etc.