Jeffrey Gan is a M.A. student in the Performance as Public Practice program. A native of Washington D.C., he holds a B.A. in international relations and a B.A. in theatre from American University. While he was an undergraduate student, he also studied in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Jakarta, Indonesia. Gan’s research is centered around exploring trade in performance and the performance of trade. He is particularly interested in American pop musicals in international production, the trans-Pacific proliferation of cultural commodities, free trade agreements, national consciousness projects in South East Asia and decentering Westerness.
Gan has worked as a cultural consultant and dramaturg around the Washington, D.C. area, collaborating with Blind Pug Arts Collective, WSC/Avant Bard, the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of Slovakia. He completed a casting and literary management apprenticeship at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia and has subsequently worked at both Arena Stage and the Folger Shakespeare Library.