Irena Yin (she/her)

Shanghai, China

BFA Class of 2026

Where did you train?

I trained in Shanghai under Meili Zhu and Flora Zeta Cheong-Leen. I also trained at Elmhurst Ballet School and Master Ballet Academy.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by individuals and collectives who constantly push the limits in their respective fields – I admire their talent, their diligence and their infectious energy.

Describe yourself in three words.

Unconventional. Gouache. Determined.

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I speak fluent Shanghainese.

What does it mean to be a part of USC Kaufman?

To be a part of USC Kaufman means to be a part of a greater whole that’s revolutionizing and redefining the arts. USC Kaufman presents a new chapter filled with opportunities to explore contrasting styles, experiment with different mediums, and collaborate with others.