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Jennifer Chang

Acting Faculty / Head of Undergraduate Acting


Jennifer Chang is a multi-disciplinary artist whose research interests include immersive and site-specific/ site-responsive theatre experiences, new play development, re-envisioning canonical works, and puppetry.  She is committed to anti-racist practices and diversifying storytelling aesthetics.  Recent directing projects include Where the Mountain Meets the Moon at South Coast Rep and the LA premiere of Hannah and the Dread Gazebo by Jiehae Park.  She received the 2019 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award in direction for Vietgone by Qui Nguyen (at EWP). Jennifer is a founding member of Chalk Repertory Theatre where she currently serves as co-Artistic Director and has produced, directed, and acted in numerous projects. 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 OSF/Playon!, Center Theatre Group, the Geffen Playhouse, Circle X Theatre Company, and East West Players among others. Select theatre acting credits: South Coast Rep, East West Players, Company of Angels, Mixed Blood Theatre, Fulton Opera House, and the National Asian American Theatre Company; 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 was a Visiting Professor at Pomona College's Department of Theatre and Dance, continues to teach in the conservatory at the East West Players and has been a guest artist and guest director at USC and Texas State University, San Marcos for the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), and the Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society (SDC). She is a Drama League Directing Fellow (NY Fellowship), alumnus of Director's Lab West and won the 2019 APAFT award for direction, and was listed in “People to Watch” by American Theatre Magazine.  As Head of the Undergraduate Acting program, she advises students, teaches acting and directing, directs productions for the department, and directed the 2018 and 2019 MFA actor showcases. She is a member of the inaugural Director’s Council for the Drama League.  Upcoming work includes On Gold Mountain by Lisa See and Nathan Wang for LA OPERA at the Huntington Gardens.  M.F.A. - UCSD (Arthur Wagner Scholarship, Excellence in Teaching Award) B.F.A with Honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Experimental Theatre Wing and Playwrights Horizons, double-major in Psychology). 


M.F.A. from UC San Diego

B.F.A. with Honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts 


Galbraith Hall 304