Susan Pertel Jain (简苏珊) serves as the Executive Director of the UCLA Confucius Institute, which is based in the School of the Arts and Architecture. She holds a doctoral degree in Asian theater from the University of Hawai'i with a research focus on Chinese regional opera performance. Before coming to UCLA she taught and lectured on Asian theater and Chinese language, while producing the work of immigrant artists, including kunqu master artist Hua Wenyi (NEA National Heritage Fellow). At UCLA Susan is building platforms for creative exchange and collaborating with campus, community, and international partners on a multi-year project exploring the Buddhist cave art of Dunhuang and its relevance to Los Angeles. She is also the Executive Producer of the China Onscreen Biennial.