Christina YAO was a stage director before she started filmmaking. She earned her Ph.D. in Asian drama from the Stanford University and directed over thirty stage productions for institutions such as the American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco and the National Theatre of Taiwan. As an acclaimed writer she has written short stories, stage plays and essays which have been published and awarded in Taiwan, France and the United States. She has also taught at the Wellesley College, San Francisco State University and Taipei National University of the Arts.
In 2009 she directed her first feature film Empire of Silver, a movie about the rise and fall of the Jin entrepreneurs. It was the first Chinese language film financed by CEO Terry Tai-ming GOU of the Foxconn Group.
2009 《Empire of Silver》
Berlin International Film Festival - Berlinale Special
Hawaii International Film Festival – Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Feature
Shanghai International Film Festival – Jury Award, Best Director from the Press Award
San Francisco International Film Festival
Hong Kong Academy Award – Nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume and Make-up Design
International professional experience