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Sherwood Hu

Sherwood Hu is an accomplished director, producer and scholar. He is the founder of Shanghai Theatre Academy School of Film and Television. Raised in an artistic family, his directing style and story telling ability resonates deeply between East and West culture. His body of work in films, television and theatre has gained critics attention and won the hearts of many audiences from China and the US.

Among his accomplishments, Mr. Hu is:

– The first person from mainland China to receive a Ph.D in directing/media.

– “Prince of the Himalayas” received special honors award from American Shakespeare Association, and was chosen as an archive film by Rubin Museum in New York City.

– The artistic director of 2010 World Expo Shanghai Pavilion, which was praised as “one of the most exciting and creative pavilions” in the Expo.

– Carries the titles of “Eastern Scholar” and “Distinguished Expert of Shanghai”

– Professor at the Institution of Cultural and Creative Industry of Shanghai Jiaotong University.

– Director of New York YI Theatre

– Member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity of the U.S.

– Received Ph. D in directing from University of Hawaii & Master in films from New York State University

– Directed award winning films such as “Lord of Shanghai”, “Amazing”, “Prince of the Himalayas”, “Warrior Lanling”, and “Lani-Loa, the Passage” which was presented by Francis Ford Coppola.

– Official selection for competing in the Golden Globe Awards and World Cinema at AFI Film Festival.

– Received Best Director award at Monaco International Film Festival

– Received Best Picture award at Calabria International Film Festival in Italy

– Received Golden Angel awards for the the Best Picture and the Best Director at the Chinese American Film Festival

– Won the “Golden Lotus Award” for the Best Picture and the Best Director in Macao International Film Festival


– Received the “Golden Crane Award” for Excellent Contribution in Film at Tokyo International Film Festival

– “Lord of Shanghai” was the closing film for The 19th Shanghai International Film Festival.

– Theater work including A.R.Gurney’s “Sylvia” (starring Jin Xing); Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Dirty Hands”;

– His newest theater production “Farewell My Concubine” in New York Met Life sold out completely and received rave reviews.

– Shadow puppetry show “Mulan” received “Golden Clown Award” of the 5th International Theater Festival in Russia.

– His new book “Notions of Directing” published by Chinese Film Press.

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