• Shanghai's Longest-Running International Theatre Company

    Dream Weaver International

  • About Us


    Dream Weaver's Mission: To cultivate an urban artist colony, honor our groundbreaking history, and engage audiences as partners in creating theater that illuminates contemporary issues, and at its best, transforms the spirit.


    Situated in a historic theatre in old Shanghai, Dream Weaver Theatre serves as a vital lab for the development of new works and a home for groundbreaking productions of both new and classic theater of the highest caliber. As Shanghai's longest continuously running Off-Broadway international theatre, DreamWeaver has helped to define American drama, fostering fresh, daring, and relevant theater experiences.

    Creative Team

    Founding Executive Producer: As a producer, director, and instructor, Ann James brings an astonishing array of experiences from film, stage, theatre education and business leadership to Shanghai. 


    Ann has served in numerous professional theater positions over the past 20 years, including Associate Director at Steppenwolf Theatre, Dallas Theater Centre, and the Tony Award® winning Alley Theatre. She has owned two theater companies and directed over 70 plays and musicals. Along with her directing experiences, Ann has worked as a professional actress, theater producer, and as a recognized drama instructor and educator on four continents.

  • Upcoming Shows

    Sign up now for our 2017 Season!



    a musical by Stephen Schwartz based on the parables of Matthew.

    School of Rock

    Our Spring Children's Show

    A substitute teacher transforms a private school class into rockers.

    God of Carnage

    a dark comedy about parenthood

    An originally French production about the childish behavior of parents.


    An immersive theatre experience of an iconic romantic film

    Be a part of the story. Audience members are assigned roles and can explore a meticulously detailed re-enactment of the Titanic.

  • Past Productions

    Dream Weaver produced over 40 shows during the past 4 years in Shanghai

    Reservoir Dogs

    Our adaptation of Tarantino's iconic film received rave reviews and will be going to Edinburgh Theatre Festival in 2017

    The Princess Bride

    We brought the cult classic to life with swordplay, monsters, miracles and true love

    The 39 Steps

    A Hitchcock thriller comedy set in the years before World War II


    After playing to sold-out audiences at the Slaughterhouse 1933 Microtheatre, our production of Hamlet was invited to perform at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in 2016.​


    DreamWeaver's third Cabaret production presents songs from all your favorite Disney films and musicals.

    Fight Club

    An instant hit that sold-out every show, Fight Club was an immersive theatre experience that re-enacted intense, visceral scenes from the famous David Fincher film.

  • Our Classes

    DreamWeaver announces DreamKidz! Our new Theatre Arts and Drama course for kids!


    Classes will focus on development of acting skills, comedy, reading, memorization,

    dance movement, singing and self-expression with a graduation performance

    on the last day of class. Students aged 7 to 15 who have an interest in performing

    are encouraged to sign up for our next round:


    Saturday: Jing An 10 am to 11:45 am April 8, 15, 22, 29 May 6, 13, 20, 27

    Thursday : Gubei 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm April 13, 20, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8


    8 week course | 6500 RMB

    Gubei: 118 Ronghua Dongdao #205

    Jing An: TBD

    Contact Ann James by SMS: 13764629212 or WeChat: AphroditeAnn