James Nguyen
MFA Student

Dance Graduate Office, Room W1B55
University Theatre Building, 261 UCB

Fall 2023 Office Hours: 3:30-4:30PM MW or by appointment

James Hoang Nguyen (he/him) is a Vietnamese American interdisciplinary teaching artist and current MFA candidate at the University of Colorado, Boulder’s School of Theatre and Dance. He received his Bachelor of Music in Classical Oboe Performance with a minor in Chinese Language and Linguistics from the University of Florida in 2017. As an artist, his practice stems from an examination of internal & external processes and the intersection of multi-disciplinary artistic approaches. His interests lie in the cyclical nature of processes as it relates to a recontextualization of connection to culture and identity. By engaging in cross-cultural dialogues, he hopes to explore concepts surrounding individual identity & collective narrative through mixed modes of expression in art, media, and emergent technology.

In addition, James’s work in community organizing, educational programming, and street & club dance styles (primarily hip hop grooves, house, and krump) gives further context for his new ventures in dance in film as a mode of expression and intersection for his experience in the realms of  classical/instrumental music and street dance. Previous works include Living Memory, r e f l e c t i o n ( s )., Searching, and Process. Currently, James hopes to explore more site-specific work as it pertains to lived experience and resonance in both physical and digital realms. As an educator, he is a co-founder of an online development course centered on creative processing and social emotional arts called definition. James also serves as a facilitator for One Dance Collective’s online artist development circles based in Sydney, Australia where he focuses on Sound as Identity - a more embodied auditory experience for movers. A few past instructors and mentors include Larkin Poynton, Chris Martin, Arnel Calvario, Lucy Doherty, Rob McLean, and Mecnun Giasar.