Ian Wen

Ian Wen was born in New York City, grew up in Flushing, and lives in Astoria. He was brought up by his paternal grandparents and other extended family for which he is grateful. He owes so much to his sister, Amy, and his partner, Irina.
He is a nyc based artist who has also performed and danced internationally in Ukraine, the Netherlands, Greece, and Mexico. Favorites: The Nanjing Race (Abingdon), Dinner Party (Target Margin/The Kitchen), artcamp sexytime football (Blessed Unrest/Interart), Chrononaut Detritus (Near East Family/Joyce Soho), Evil (78th Street Theatre Lab), Apparences (PS 122), Lullaby (The Public), Blind Sight (Yara Arts/La MaMa ETC), Joy Dietrich's award-winning film, Tie A Yellow Ribbon (2007). He is a butoh dancer indebted to Diego Pinon, Yoshito Ohno, Yukio Waguri, and Natsu Nakajima among others. He is on faculty at Brooklyn College where he teaches movement to the graduate acting students. He is also the co-founder of de novo, a dance theater company. SAG-AFTRA/AEA www.ianwen.com
What Does QCA Mean to Ian?

Describe your involvement in QCA. What have you participated in? My involvement with QCA stems from having been selected as a 2013 recipient of a SPARC residency at the HANAC JVL Senior Center in Astoria.  I’m also honored to have been one of several featured artists for this year’s QAX. I hope to continue to […]


Ian Wen – Part 2

We checked in with Ian Wen for more insight into his artistic endeavors. What are some highlights of the past year? Being awarded a SPARC residency, working on Houseguest—de novo’s inaugural production—and getting hitched. That last one is the highlight of the year. Do you have a creative process? I don’t think so, or at […]


Meet Ian Wen

Ian Wen, the Astoria-based butoh dancer and performance artist who is co-founder of de novo, a new company featuring a motley group of musicians, actors, dancers, and composers. Ian, who has performed off-Broadway, is an adjunct assistant professor in Brooklyn College’s theatre department, teaching MFA acting students movement work based on butoh and animals. Additionally, […]