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Department of Theatre & Dance
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC0344
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112
Office: GH 329
Phone: (858) 246-2361
Fax: (858) 534-1080
Email: j7chang@ucsd.edu
  Jennifer Chang
Acting Faculty / Head of Undergraduate Acting


Ms. Chang received her M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego in 2006, where she was a recipient of an Arthur Wagner Scholarship and an Excellence in Teaching Award. She received her B.F.A from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts at the Experimental Theatre Wing. Her work has been honored with an Ovation Award and the Stage Scene LA award, among other honors. Jennifer is a founding member of Chalk Repertory Theatre where she served as Artistic Producing Director and produced, directed, and acted in numerous plays over the course of eight seasons. Other directing credits include Animals Out of Paper at East West Players (LA Times Critics Pick), Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them for Artists at Play (GLAAD Media Award and Ovation Award Nominated) and Our American Story at the Japanese American National Museum. She continues to be very active in the development of new plays with Circle X Theatre Company, Playwrights Arena, Chalk Rep, and East West Players among others. She has acted in productions at South Coast Rep, East West Players, Company of Angels, Mixed Blood Theatre, Fulton Opera House, and the National Asian American Theatre Company, among others. Television credits include "Mom," "Two and a Half Men," "NCIS:LA," "Parenthood," "Medium," "The Paul Reiser Show," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and others, and numerous national commercials. She has taught in the conservatory at the East West Players and guest directed at USC. Most recently she was a guest artist, directing, at Texas State University, San Marcos for the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference and is working on a commissioned project for the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 with East West Players and the Japanese American National Museum. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society (SDC), Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), and Actor’s Equity Association (AEA). She is a member of Director's Lab West. As Head of the Undergraduate Acting program, she will both advise students and teach core undergraduate courses in theatre as well as direct productions for the department.

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