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Jennifer Chang

Acting Faculty / Head of Undergraduate Acting


Jennifer 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 with Honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts at the Experimental Theatre Wing and Playwrights Horizons, double-majoring in Psychology. Her research interests include immersive and site-specific/ site-responsive theatre experiences, new play development, and puppetry. Recent directing projects include the LA premiere of Hannah and the Dread Gazebo by Jiehae Park, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon at South Coast Rep. She received the 2019 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for direction for Vietgone by Qui Nguyen (at EWP). Jennifer is a founding member of Chalk Repertory Theatre where she has as Artistic Producing Director and produced, directed, and acted in numerous plays over the course of eight seasons and was honored with an Ovation Award and the Stage Scene LA award. 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 Playon!, the Geffen Playhouse, Circle X Theatre Company, Playwrights Arena, Chalk Rep, and East West Players among others. Select 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 and 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 2018 Drama League Directing Fellow (NY Fellowship), an alumnus of Director's Lab West and was a Finalist for the 2017 National Directing Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. As Head of the Undergraduate Acting program, she advises students, teaches acting and directing, and directs full productions for the department and directed the 2018 and 2019 MFA actor showcases. 


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