Xiaogang was born and raised in Xinjiang, China. He was trained as an actor at the drama department of the Xinjiang Arts Institute in Urumqi and at the Shanghai Drama Academy. Having a passion for community work and a drive to contribute to social change, Xiaogang has continually searched for meaningful ways to share his drama skills with others and to use them in socially relevant ways.
After finishing his studies, he moved to Beijing where he starred in various socially engaging theatre plays and movies, including “Men and Women” (LGBT film, Liu Bingjiang, 1999) and “The Old Testament” (LGBT film, Cui Zi’en, 2002). He was a drama teacher at various schools and universities and also successfully developed and implemented a program of drama workshops for different Beijing NGOs. He continues to volunteer for NGOs based in Beijing, and has been a consultant for UNICEF since 2005.
During recent years he started to engage himself on the production side of various film- and other productions benefiting different social movements in China. His most recent feats include the co-production of “Living Positive” (docudrama on HIV/AIDS, Isolda Morillo, 2005), “I Want to Grow Old in China”(documentary, Smoke Signal Projects, 2008) and the founding of the LGBT webcast “Queer Comrades”, for which he hosted and directed more than 50 half-hour episodes. Xiaogang is an organizing member of the Beijing Queer Film Festival and a board member of the Beijing LGBT Centre.
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