A graduate of Flinders University in Adelaide, Mr Barry Plews has been working in China since 1995. As a producer, dramaturge and festival director, his list of production and project credits in China span dance, drama, music, music theatre, circus, new media and film animation. Based in Shanghai, Mr Plews specialises in the development of international collaborations and co-productions.
His production company, Reckless Moments, is the sponsor of Creative Futures, a multi-artform program of intercultural performing arts, film and animation collaborations. Launched in 2005 by Madam Fu Ying, currently China's ambassador to the United Kingdom (and formerly China's ambassador to Australia), and former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, this independent initiative now involves artists and producers from China, Australia, Britain and the USA.
Mr Plews was the executive producer of Sweet & Sour, an awarded 17-minute animated short film produced in partnership with the Shanghai Animation Film Studio and The People’s Republic of Animation in 2007 and licensed by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television as the first official animated short film co-production between China and Australia. He is currently producing a 90-minute hand-drawn animated feature film with the Shanghai Animation Film Studio, a circus-opera with Rose English and the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe (Shanghai Circus), a digital puppetry collaboration between Hobart’s Terrapin Puppet Theatre and The Children’s Art Theatre of China and a forthcoming China tour for New York’s iconic Bang on a Can All-Stars.
Mr Plews is a visiting professor at the Shanghai Theatre Academy and the Jilin Animation College, where he lectures on cultural collaboration and producing creatively. He is a foundation member of the Shanghai Independent Producers and Artists Network (SIPAN).