Prof. Huaixiang Tan
Specialization: Costume Design and Technology
Home institution in US: University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
Host Institution in India: Kanagasabi School of Fine Arts, Chennai, Tamil Nadu  
Start date/Month in India: March 2013
Duration of grant: 4 months

Brief Bio:
Prof. Huaixiang Tan is a professor of costume and makeup design and technology at the University of Central Florida. She holds an M.F.A. in costume design from Utah State University and a B.F.A. from the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China. Prof. Tan has received several costume design awards including the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) National First Runner-up, Kennedy Center ACTF Meritorious Achievement awards and regional Outstanding Teaching Artist. She was recognized by Central Washington University as well as University of Central Florida for her teaching excellence. Her professional credits include work with Orlando Repertory Theatre, Florida; the Old Lyric Theatre, Utah; Three River Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania; Cornell University, New York; and The Lambs Players Theatre, California. Prof. Tan’s books include Character Costume Figure Drawing (Focal Press 2010) and Costume Craftwork on a Budget (Focal Press 2007). She was a U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology Golden Pen Award nominee for the first edition of Character Costume Figure Drawing (Focal Press 2004). She is also a member of United Scenic Artists, local 829.

For her Fulbright research project, “Indian Dance Costume Design and Technology,” Prof. Tan will create three-dimensional forms and products by observing and interacting with Indian professionals and craftsmen She anticipates that this project will fill a gap in the research about Indian dance costume design and technological process and benefit cross-cultural education and theatre production through the development of an Asian studies course and a book, Indian Dance Costume Design and Technology.