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The program is designed for serious artists who wish to expand their career options into arts management and leadership. The required technique-based courses in at least one art form, as well as courses that provide in-depth understanding of the artistic expression provide students with a solid foundation in the arts. The business and managerial training can then be applied upon their artistic skills. In keeping with Fei Tian’s educational features, the program incorporates the development of real-world, professional skills through required courses for internship, projects and/or practicum.
The BFA in Arts Management program offers a balanced approach to technical training in the arts and knowledge and skills in business and management. All students are required to complete a minimum number of technique-based courses in at least one art form, as well as courses that provide in-depth understanding of the artistic expression. There are two Art forms that students can concentrate on:
Qing Liu Associate Professor and Program Director
Ph.D. in economics, Ohio State University, 2001
Dr. Liu brings over 15 years of professional experience in marketing research and analysis, as well as business development for non-profit organizations and creative industries, to the Arts Management program. She served as Director of Modeling at eCapital Finance Corporation from 2003–2004, Lead Statistical Analyst at Experian from 2005–2012, and VP of Distribution for Universal Communication Networks in 2012–2017.
Dr. Liu joined Fei Tian College – Middletown in 2017 as a member of the Campus Preparatory Committee and served as Assistant Provost during the 2018-2019 academic year. She played an important role in establishing and/or refining policies, processes, and procedures for campus academic affairs and student services.
Michael Hwang Assistant Professor
M.S. in accounting, University of Houston, 1987
CPA; Chartered Global Management Accountant, certified by AICPA
Mr. Hwang brings over 20 years of industry experience in managerial finance and accounting, as well as business management.
Throughout his career, he has served as CFO, Comptroller, and VP of finance for major national corporations.
Frank Tian Xie Adjunct Professor
Ph.D. in marketing, Georgia State University, 2003
Dr. Xie is currently an Associate Professor of Marketing (with tenure) and John M. Olin Palmetto Chair in Business at the University of South Carolina Aiken. He was a former faculty at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa.
Dr. Xie’s research areas include marketing strategy, business-to-business marketing, global marketing, e-commerce, and research methodology. Prior to academia, Dr. Xie had eight years of industry and consulting experience in science and technology, retail banking, and telecommunications, including USPS, Suntrust Bank, and AirTouch Cellular (predecessor of Verizon Wireless).
Dan Pelonis Associate Professor
M.F.A. in painting, New York Academy of Art, 2005
Mr. Pelonis has 12 years of teaching experience at art schools or art programs at colleges and universities. An accomplished artist, Mr. Pelonis is an Elizabeth Greenshields grant recipient (2010). He is also an active painter, and his works have been accepted by numerous exhibitions in Northern America and internationally.
Jian Hu Assistant Professor
Master of Architecture, University of Arizona, 2003
Mr. Hu has extensive industry experience in architectural design and was the Grand Prize winner of the 2002 ACADIA international architecture design competition.
In a career that spans over two decades, Jian Hu has not only honed his skills as a seasoned designer, but has also accumulated a wide range of related expertise, including in print and video production.
Lina O. Zuur Instructor
M.P.S. in UX design, Maryland Institute College of Arts
Bachelor of Visual Arts, Universidad de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ), Mexico, 2006
Ms. Zuur is an accomplished visual artist with leadership experience in the arts. She is currently pursuing a Master of Professional Studies degree in User Experience Design at the Maryland Institute College of Arts, and has experience teaching arts courses at various levels.
Rui Li Teaching Specialist
Core Program, Grand Central Atelier, 2018
Ms. Li is an emerging fine artist, choosing to develop her classical artistic skills in the traditional atelier setting. She completed a highly selective four-year Core Program at the Grand Central Atelier (GCA) in New York, established by American realist painter Jacob Collins, a leading figure in the classical art revival. The GCA is well recognized as one of the top fine arts programs in the United States.
During her time at the GCA, Ms. Li progressed through the three segments of the Core Program by demonstrating skills acquired in each segment: Drawing, Painting, and Advanced Studies. The program is studio-intensive and immersive in progressively building fundamental fine arts skills and perspectives.
Yung Yung Tsuai Professor, Chair of Dance Department
Certificate of Contemporary Dance at Martha Graham School, 1972
B.F.A. in dance, Empire State College, 1994
Yung Yung Tsuai has a distinguished career as a professional in dance.
Ms. Tsuai grew up in Taiwan and came to New York under a personal scholarship from the modern dance icon Martha Graham in 1970. Since then, she has worked with Martha Graham, Pearl Lang, Daniel Nagrin, Susan Stroman, and other choreographers. She founded the Yung Yung Tsuai Dance Company and the Byrdcliffe Performing Arts Organization in 1979. Her company has toured throughout the USA, Spain, Italy, Taiwan, and Japan, during the 80s and 90s.
Over the past three decades she has appeared in Broadway musicals, such as Miss Saigon, King and I, and Sayonara. She worked as an actress, a dancer, and a choreographer with regional theaters such as the Pan Asian Theater Rep., Yangtze Repertory Theater, La Mama Theater, Bank Street Theater, Naked Feet, and the Papermill Playhouse, among others. She was a rehearsal director for the Cloud Gate Dance Company in Taiwan and Pearl Lang & dancers in New York in the early 90s.
Prior to joining Fei Tian College – Middletown in 2017, she has taught extensively at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, NYU, George Washington University, SUNY Purchase, Long Island University, and many other colleges and schools.
Melissa Padham-Maass Associate Professor
M.F.A. in dance, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 2014
Ms. Padham-Maass is a seasoned performer with experience in performing arts administration. She received a BFA with honors from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College (SUNY), and an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Her research from Laban was presented at the IADMS conference in Seattle Washington in October 2013, and published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. In 2014, Ms. Padham-Maass graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in Dance.
Ms. Padham-Maass has been performing professionally in New York and nationally since 2005. She has presented work, both performance and choreography, at various venues, including the Tisch School of the Arts, Center for Performance Research, SUNY Purchase, and the Winter Garden Theater.
Prior to joining Fei Tian College – Middletown in 2018, Ms. Padham-Maass was on faculty or taught as guest instructor at Joffrey Ballet School, Gallatin school at NYU, and SUNY Purchase.
Vladimir Roje Associate Professor, Classical Ballet
M.S. in pedagogy and choreography, State Academy of Music and Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
Mr. Roje is a decorated medalist from the 14th International Ballet Competition in Varna (Bulgaria). He began his ballet training at the National School of Choreography in Sofia, Bulgaria, and received his BS and MS in Pedagogy and Choreography at the Ballet Faculty of the State Academy of Music and Arts, Sofia.
After his graduation, Mr. Roje performed as a Principal Dancer with National Companies in Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, as well as the Carolina Ballet (NC), the New Jersey Ballet Company, and the Albany Berkshire Ballet. Throughout his extensive dance career, Mr. Roje has held the leading roles in many classical ballets, such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, La Bayadere, La Sylphide, Napoli, Don Quixote, La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia, Esmeralda, Sylvia, Cinderella, Paquita, La Vivandiere, and The Nutcracker.
As a Principal Dancer, Mr. Roje has had the opportunity to work with numerous world acclaimed ballet masters and choreographers, such as Yuri Grigorovich (Bolshoi Ballet), Irina Kolpakova (ABT, Mariinsky Ballet), and more.
Mr. Roje worked as a ballet teacher at the Ballet School at the Opera House Graz (Austria), the School of the New Jersey Ballet Company, and the Stowe Dance Academy (Vermont).
Alison Chen Instructor, Classical Chinese Dance
M.F.A. in classical Chinese dance, Fei Tian College (Expected to Complete in December 2020.)
B.F.A. in classical Chinese dance, Fei Tian College, 2016
Ms. Chen graduated cum laude from Fei Tian College (main campus) in 2016, where she received her B.F.A. Since then, she has taught classical Chinese dance at various levels, and is currently an instructor at Fei Tian College – Middletown. She is also pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Classical Chinese Dance from Fei Tian’s main campus.
Ms. Chen was a principal dancer with Shen Yun Performing Arts and performed in numerous world tours. Ms. Chen has also received multiple awards from NTDTV’s International Classical Chinese Dance Competition, including 1st place in the Junior Female Division (2010), 2nd place in the Junior Female Division (2008, 2009, and 2012), and 3rd place in the Adult Female Division (2014).
Yen-Hsiu Chen Instructor, Classical Chinese Dance
M.F.A. in dance, Fei Tian College – Middletown (Expected to Complete in 2022.)
B.F.A. in classical Chinese dance, Fei Tian College, 2018
Ms. Chen graduated from Fei Tian College (main campus) in 2018, where she received her B.F.A. She is pursuing her M.F.A. in dance at Fei Tian College – Middletown.
She was a dancer with Shen Yun Performing Arts, and performed in hundreds of shows around the world.
She has taught classical Chinese dance at Fei Tian Academy of the Arts (Middletown) and Northern Academy of the Arts in the past 3 years.
Rocky Liao Instructor, Classical Chinese Dance
M.F.A. in dance, Fei Tian College – Middletown (Expected to Complete in 2022.)
B.F.A. in classical Chinese dance, Fei Tian College, 2015
Mr. Liao is an award-winning dancer with extensive performing experience. He obtained his B.F.A. in classical Chinese dance with High Honors from Fei Tian College in 2015.
Mr. Liao’s choreography has been showcased internationally, and he was a lead dancer with Shen Yun Performing Arts for many years.
Mr. Liao is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts at Fei Tian College – Middletown.
Arleen Richards Assistant Professor
J.D., Rutgers University School of Law (Camden)
Ms. Richards is an accomplished attorney with 10 years of litigation experience. She previously served as a senior attorney for a New Jersey law firm and operated a solo practice. She currently works in educational compliance.
Hsiao-Ching Hsieh Assistant Professor
Master in instrumental pedagogy, piano, Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria, 1997
Ms. Hsieh is an accomplished pianist, pedagogue, and composer, with extensive experience in solo performances, vocal, dance accompaniment, and orchestration. At the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, Ms. Hsieh received instruction from renowned musicians, including Professors Georg Kern, Wolfgang Brucker, Schneider Cuvay, Harmut Holl, and Schirai Holl.
Over the past decade, Ms. Hsieh was a resident artist at the Niaosong Academy of the Arts in Yunlin, Taiwan. She received the Best Instructor Award at the International Talents Competition (2004) in Taoyuan, and her students received awards at the 2015 National Taiwan Steinbach Piano Competition. In 2009, she held a solo recital at the Taipei International Exhibition of Arts, where she performed her own compositions (“Return” and “Nu Wa”). She also performed her original compositions in a concert tour in Taiwan (2007).
Nan-Cheng Chen Adjunct Assistant Professor
Doctoral Candidate at CUNY Graduate Center, Expected to Complete in 2021
Master of Music, The Juilliard School, 2012
Mr. Chen earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Joel Krosnick, renowned cellist of The Juilliard String Quartet. He is currently a doctoral candidate at CUNY Graduate Center under the guidance of cellist Marcy Rosen, and teaches as an adjunct faculty at CUNY Queens College.
Mr. Chen’s recent musical journeys feature over a hundred performances, including several solo and chamber concert tours throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Recent highlights include sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and Taipei Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Orchestra, playing the Schumann Cello Concerto, and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.
Among his many honors and awards are first prize in the 2010 Queens Symphony Concerto Competition, 2009 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, 2006 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, 2005 Quincy Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, 2004 Hsin-Tian Temple National Cello Competition in Taiwan, and 2003 MetroWest Concerto Competitions.
Samuel Zhou Associate Professor
PhD, Computer Science, Rutgers University, 1996
Dr. Zhou has more than 20 years of university teaching and research experience related to computer science.
Dr. Zhou served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1998 to 2002. He then served as an Adjunct Professor in Computer Science at Rutgers University till 2019, while pursuing entrepreneurial interests.
Brad McDuffie Assistant Professor
PhD in English Literature, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2015
Mr. McDuffie received his PhD at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has over 10 years of teaching experience in English and literature.
His biography of the poet Donald Junkins, Up the Long, Long, Street, was published in the Spring of 2018. His book, “Teaching Salinger’s Nine Stories,” was published in the Fall of 2011. His article, “For Ernest, With Love and Squalor: The Influence of Ernest Hemingway on the Life and Work of J. D. Salinger,” appeared in the spring 2011 edition of The Hemingway Review. He published his first book of poems in 2009, titled “And the West Was Not So Far Away.”