Professor of Comparative Theater, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina. Tan Ye studied Shakespeare under Northrop Frye at University of Toronto. He received Ph.D. in Comparative Theater from Washington University. He joined USC in 1992， having taught at Washington University and Vassar College. His publications include the books, Common Dramatic Codes (1997), Theory and Practice of Screenwriting in China and America (co-edited with Li Jin, 2008), Historical Dictionary of Chinese Theater (2009), and Historical Dictionary of Chinese Film (2012). He has written over 100 essays and book chapters on Chinese culture, cinema and theater, including “Film: China,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World. Since 1995 Dr. Ye lectured at Tsinghua University, Peking University, National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, Shanghai Drama Academy, Sun Yat-sen University, Jinan University, National Taiwan University, Yale University, Harvard University, etc. Dr. Ye has served on organizing committees for many international conferences on Chinese cinema and Chinese film festivals, among which, the most recent ones include “Chinese Films in the US since 1979” (2010, conference chair), “Documenting China” (2011, conference chair), “Chinese Women Filmmakers” (2012, conference chair), “Teaching Chinese Language and Cultures Through Films” (2013, conference chair), “Ang Lee and His Arts” (organizer and chair of three panels at the 55th American Association for Chinese Studies, Rutgers, NJ). In 2009 he played the key role in the establishment of the Chinese Film Collection at the USC, which is the largest collection of Chinese films outside China. As art consultant, screenplay consultant, translator, or assistant director, Dr. Ye was evolved in the making of nine Chinese feature and documentary films.