Bachelor, Fudan University, Shanghai, 1982. Master of Arts, Cornell University, 1987. Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 1990.
Instructor, artistic director Shanghai Yang-pu Children's Performing Arts Center, 1973-1978. Assistant professor Chinese Literature Fudan University, 1982-1984. Teaching assistant modern languages and linguistics Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1984-1985, teaching assistant Asian studies, 1988-1989, visiting professor East Asian studies, 1990-1991.
Visiting assistant professor theatre and East Asian studies Oberlin (Ohio) College, 1991—1992, visiting assistant professor theatre and comparative literature, 1992-1994. Assistant professor, theatre University Colorado, Boulder, 1994—2001, professor, drama and performance studies, since 2001. Lecturer in field; Zijiang chair professor, humanistic studies E. China Women University, Shanghai, since 2001.
Senior scholar-in-residence Center for World Performance Studies, University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2002—2003. Professor, drama and performance studies University of California at Los Angeles, director China-American media programs.
Member Modern Language Association, Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Association Asian Studies, Chinese Dramatists' Association (China), Chinese Writers' Association (China), Telluride Association (student 1985-1986, 86-87, 87-88, faculty 1989-1990).
Married Zhigang Yang, August 26, 1961.