Jennifer Chang

Jennifer is a 2018 Drama League New York Directing Fellow and is the current Head of Undergraduate Acting at UCSD’s Department of Theatre and Dance.  She 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. Her work has been honored with an Ovation Award and the Stage Scene LA award among others.  Upcoming directing projects include Vietgone at East West Players and Death & Cockroaches by Eric Reyes Loo.  Select 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 Stage Scene LA Award Best Director, 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, EST LA, Playwrights Arena, Chalk Rep, and EWP and the Wagner New Play Festival at UCSD.  As an actor she has been seen at 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 MomTwo and a Half MenNCIS:LAParenthoodMedium,  HawthorneThe Paul Reiser ShowTerminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and others, and numerous national commercials.   She has taught at the East West Players conservatory, guest directed at USC, and was a guest artist, directing, at Texas State University, San Marcos for the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference.   Last year she worked on a commissioned project for the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 with the Japanese American National Museum and East West Players. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society (SDC Associate), Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), and Actor’s Equity Association (AEA).  Recent acting projects include a workshop Beachtown by Culture Clash’s Herbert Siguenza with San Diego Rep and Little Women by Velina Hasu Houston with Playwrights Arena. She originally hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and currently divides her time between San Diego and Los Angeles with her husband, two children, dog and cat.  Ms. Chang received her M.F.A. from UCSD and her B.F.A from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, at the Experimental Theatre Wing where she shaved her head and poured orange juice on herself.  Not at the same time.