Original Productions

CTW’s extensive selection original theatrical productions, stretch the boundaries of traditional and modern genres of performance and create connections across continents and ages.

Traditional Performance

Preserving and nurturing the Chinese classic performing arts– opera, puppetry, dance and music, these feature some of the finest classically trained Chinese performing artists.

Workshops and Lectures

A wide range of hands-on workshops and Lecture/demos designed to give participants a rich immersion into specific aspects Chinese performing arts culture are available to fit any age or skill level, from pre-school to grad-school and professional training.


CTW is possesses one of the largest private collections of traditional shadow figures in North America. Many of the finest antique shadow figures have been mounted on panels for display.

Upcomming Events

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Preserve, Create, Foster Chinese Theatre Culture
Preserve Create Foster

To preserve and promote the traditional Chinese performing arts (including opera, shadow theatre, puppetry, dance and music).

To create new performance works that bridge Eastern and Western aesthetics and forms.

To foster understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture in audiences, artists students, scholars and educators around the globe.

  • Best Short Plays
  • Best performance
  • Best directing
  • Art Innovation


We are Creative and Talented One
Founder, Executive Director, Co-Artistic Director, Opera Performer, Puppeteer, Teaching Artist
Founder of Chinese Theatre Workshop (1990). Executive Director and co-Artistic Director; Served on the Board of UNIMA-USA. Author of Tabletop Theater: Puppetry for Small Places.
Stephen Kaplin
Stephen Kaplin
Founder, Co-Artistic Director, Arts in Education Director, Technical Director, Puppeteer, Teaching Artist
Mr. Kaplin designs, builds, performs and directs for puppet theater. Designing and building giant puppets for TIMES SQUARE 2000; Author of Tabletop Theater: Puppetry for Small Places.
Nicky Ruan
Nicky Ruan
Public Relations Specialist
Plan and implement public relations and marketing activities locally, nationally and internationally.
Xuan Li
Xuan Li
Web Developer
Created and Maintained our website.


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