Central Academy of Drama

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The Central Academy of Drama
Central Academy of Drama logo.png
Type National
Established 1950
Location Beijing,  China
Campus Urban
Nickname Central Drama Academy
Central Drama College
Website www.zhongxi.cn
Central Academy of Drama
Simplified Chinese 中央戏剧学院
Traditional Chinese 中央戲劇學院

The Central Academy of Drama (Chinese: 中央戏剧学院; pinyin: Zhōngyāng Xìjù Xuéyuàn, or Central Drama Academy, Central Drama College, Its abbreviation is Zhong Xi which is literally "Central Drama") is a drama school in Beijing, China.[1][2][3][4][5]


It is located on 39 East Mianhua Lane, Dongcheng District of Beijing.


The academy was established in April 1950, with Ouyang Yuqian as its first president. It was named by Mao Zedong. It inherited the drama department of Lu Xun Art Academy in Yan'an, art school of North China University, and National Drama College in Nanjing. Many famous Chinese actors, actresses, and directors graduated from the Academy, such as Zhang Ziyi, Jiang Wen, Gong Li. It is regarded as one of the most prestigious drama schools in China, together with Beijing Film Academy and Shanghai Theater Academy.[citation needed]


The Central Academy of Drama is a central subordinate university. It is also an art college directly under the Ministry of Education. It is the highest institution of education in dramatic art, the world's leading art institutions. In Chinese drama, visual arts teaching and research center. The Asian Theater Education Centre ( ATEC) is locating there. The Central Academy of Drama has engaged in the practice of drama and the visual arts for more than 50 years. In China, The Central Academy of Drama is a bastion of experimental theater drama.

Notable alumni[edit]

Note that class year indicates the entrance year, not graduating year.

Acting Department (表演系)
Other majors


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  2. ^ "The Central Academy Of Drama". inchina.cc. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Central Academy of Drama". web.zhongxi.cn. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Central Academy of Drama". cgeschina.com. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Central Academy of Drama". university-directory.eu. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 

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