Xueni Yang is a dancer, writer, and film director. She was born in China and has received her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College. She has continued her education at Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Her narrative films often focus on the mentalities of the characters. Aiming to bring the audience different sensory experiences, she integrates various art media and seeks inspiration from minority groups.

 

On the side, she is also active as a dancer and animator in films and stage performances. She has worked with many film professionals and artists such as Wen Xi (Xi’an Film Studio Co.), Margret Murphy (Leonard Soloway’s Broadway), Ernest Abuba (You For Me For You), and Robin Starbuck (The Stag’s Mirror).

Filmography

July 2020, Hush(working title), dance short film. Position: Writer/Director/Choreographer.

In order to master the solo in the repertory, a young standby dancer decides to learn from the top dancer who is isolated by other members. Eventually, she has to take the risk of losing her friends and choose a side.

January 2020, "Mother", Sci-fi short film, 12 min. Position: Writer/Director.

A story about an AI, who believes she is pregnant and alone, has to find an escort before she can enter the operation room and begin her abortion. Her choices will affect her evaluation as a universal caregiver at the end.

June 2019, Fishbowl, short film, 8 min. Position: Writer/Director.

A story of an imaginative young woman who has to face the loss of her boyfriend again and try to move on during the visit of her close friend and pursuer.

 

April 2018, Leonard Soloway's Broadway, documentary. Position: Production Assistance.

A documentary of famous Broadway theater producer Leonard Soloway's career path and his extraordinary life. Produced by Hawk House Production. Directed by Katy Scoggin.

December 2016, Selfish Me, screenplay, 30 pages. Position: writer.
A story of an Asian American young woman who decides to give up her life to get her lover into their dream school and to escape from her mother’s unhealthy love. Written for the junior-year screenwriting project. “2017 Short Screenplay Finalist” in New York Film and TV Festival.

 

Other Works

April 2018, Leonard Soloway's Broadway, documentary. Position: Production Assistance.

A documentary of famous Broadway theater producer Leonard Soloway's career path and his extraordinary life. Produced by Hawk House Production. Directed by Katy Scoggin.

 

November 2017, You for Me for You, theater, 90 min. Position: video/animation.
Theater performance of two North Korean sisters who defect and must navigate the Land of the Free and their own personal beliefs. Including video projections, the stage performance is the major production of the theater program at Sarah Lawrence College, NY.

August 2017, Shape or Shaped (形·态), theater, 90 min. Position: assistant director.
A physical theater piece performed in Beijing, China. It aims to provoke a critical discussion of profound social norms and question the standardized values of society.

2015-2016, To the Capital of Gold (通向金都), novel, 373 pages. Position: writer.
A group of teenagers have to discover and face their painful past while they fight to become the guardians of their nation, continue their parents’ mission, and protect the country. Published in March 2016, China.