Xiaohong (Sophie) Qi, a Tony-Award winning, innovative cultural entrepreneur, is the CEO and Founder of Harmonia Holdings, Ltd. She is dedicated to connecting Asia and the West through the intersection of arts, technology and talent, culminating in world-class culture products.
Qi leads Harmonia to leverage its targeted knowledge and expertise in cross-cultural exchange for Broadway and West End productions, top arts education programs, pioneering cultural investment products, cutting edge technology investments, and innovative philanthropic ventures. Her work in cross-border intellectual property management establishes international collaborations and partnerships between premier talents of live theatrical and pop music and produces artistic work that advances global understanding between cultures.
Her commercial theatre work extends deep into leading Broadway and West End projects. Qi is currently co-producer for the Tony-Award winning MOULIN ROUGE playing around the world including Broadway, West End, Australia, North America and soon to open productions in Europe and Asia. Other current producing projects include the Tony-nominated rock musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL based on Alanis Morissette’s songbook, and Disney’s WINNIE THE POOH launching in New York City with London and Australia productions ahead. She is also a co-Producer on ROMAN HOLIDAY, based on the beloved classic Paramount Pictures film, as well as the off-Broadway premier and subsequent Asia tours of the family shows THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR and PADDINGTON BEAR GETS IN A JAM.
Past theatre projects include the monumental KING KONG the musical on Broadway, the West End and UK Tour of 9 to 5 THE MUSICAL, the UK and China tour of the Dreamwork’s classic, MADAGASCAR, the China tour of the award-winning Irish production of SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN, the China tour of TITANIC The Musical, and in 2017 and 2018, Qi brought the iconic Broadway show, JERSEY BOYS, into China for its premier tour in the territory.
In Asia, Harmonia’s concert division has produced the first ever DISNEY GALA LIVE CONCERT featuring top Chinese musical theatre celebrities, and the sold-out JIAGE THE ULTIMATE HIPHOP DANCE based on the popular TV reality competition series.
Her commitment to the technology space is perhaps best seen by Broadway on Demand, a landmark theatrical streaming entity she was a part of the launch and now serves on their board. In addition, she serves on the board of Appcompanist, a premier music technology company. Also highlighting her commitment to technology, the first of its kind, the SHERLOCK HOLMES ONLINE ADVENTURE had its Asia premier in Taiwan in 2022 in partnership with the National Theatre of Taiwan, and subsequently opened in Shanghai in Harmonia’s Zero Stop Online Series, a unique online programming partnership with the Shanghai Grand Theatre.
Qi established Broadway Academy in 2018, a musical theatre education platform providing classes, camps and seminars for elementary, middle school, high school, and college students as well as professional performer and teacher training programs. Broadway Academy partners with iTheatrics, the creators of Broadway Junior products and exclusive supplier to Disney, China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG), the largest state-owned creative enterprise in China, the Shanghai Cultural Square, and the Junior Theatre Festival, boasting the largest gathering of musical theatre students in the world. Her work in arts education is anchored by key partnerships with the China National Theatre for Children (Beijing, China), the Educational Theatre Association / International Thespian Society, the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC), and the Haileybury International School (Tianjin, China).
Qi has represented and managed world-class creative talents, such as master choreographers Shaun Evaristo, Miguel Zarate, and Laure Courtellemont, for commercial collaborations, teaching, and professional development opportunities throughout Asia. Past engagements include major Chinese pop artist such as Lu Han, Chris Lee, Victoria Song, and media platforms such as CCTV and streaming giant iQiyi.
Qi is responsible for forging strategic partnerships with numerous leading entities in live theatrical entertainment, talent management, licensing and arts education in the US, UK, Northern Europe, South Korea, Australia and South Africa. Included among these industry leading partners are Broadway Licensing (US), Dramatists Play Service (US), Playscripts (US), Theatrical Rights Worldwide (US), Royo Production (UK), Selladoor Worldwide (UK), Les Enfants Terrible (UK), Aria Entertainment (UK), Global Creatures (Australia), Tarento Productions (UK), DIMF -Daegu International Musical Festival (South Korea), the British Theatre Academy (UK), and the Joberg Theatre (Johannesburg, SA), as well as many of top independent Broadway and West End producers.
Prior to founding Harmonia, she served in management roles in U.S and Chinese corporations in a variety of industries, including export/import trade, leisure and dining, investment banking, and luxury real estate. She played an instrumental role in establishing a high net-worth, US financial firm in the Mainland China and Hong Kong markets, subsequently overseeing its expansion throughout several major cities in China.
Qi is also a strong proponent for grassroots nonprofit innovation. She has devoted herself to improving cultural exposure and learning for children, especially by initiating and organizing a series of annual charity concerts for multiple philanthropy organizations such as INCLUDED, Dream Corps, New York Chinese Opera Society, etc. She is a key supporter of London’s Page to Stage festival, an international incubator of new Musical Theatre.
Qi served on the Lincoln Center’s Global Council as a distinguished senior advisor to the organization regarding a variety of engagements with China and its global expansion. She is a long-time supporter of New York Asian Women’s Center. Under her leadership, Harmonia is a proud corporate member of National Committee of US and China Relations, the American Chamber of Commerce in China, the National Alliance of Musical Theatre, and The American Theatre Wing. Finally, Qi is a member of the Broadway League, the top industry organization of theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in North America.