UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television (UCLA TFT) Acting Dean Brian Kite and Theater Department Chair J. Ed Araiza today announced that the multi-hyphenated storyteller and educator Jennifer Chang joined the school as an associate professor on July 1, 2022 and will begin teaching this fall.
“Dean Kite, the entire theater department and I are thrilled that Jennifer has joined TFT as a new faculty member,” said Araiza. “As an educator, professional director, and actress, she has a history of diversifying the aesthetics of storytelling, and her efforts in established works and the development of new plays have championed a range of voices. I know that our students will be energized by the wisdom, pedagogy and experience that she will share in her classes.”
Chang is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award in Direction for the Los Angeles premiere of Vietgone by Who Nguyen. His recent directing credits include On Gold Mountain with LA Opera at The Huntington; The Great Leap by Lauren Yee at the Round House Theatre; and Inda Craig-Galván’s Undo the Sea with Primary Stages. His new theater and music development projects include those of the Pasadena Playhouse; O’Neill Playwrights Conference; the Geffen performance hall; New Harmony Project; CTM; Song Collective; Conference of Black and Latino Playwrights; Mu Theater; Luck Theatre; Boston Court; Ashland New Plays Festival; Play on!; East-West players; and In-Game Artists, among others. She is a founding member and co-artistic production director of the award-winning Chalk Repertory Theatre. Chang’s next directing projects include Everybody at Antaeus Theater Company and American Fast by Kareem Fahmy at the City Theatre. His play The Devil Is a Lie will premiere in 2023 at the Quantum Theater in Pittsburgh. She is a stream Beatrice Terry Resident at the Drama League of New York for her play Matter.
As an actor, Chang has appeared in theaters across the country and in films, television shows, and commercials. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society (SDC), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA). She was a finalist for the Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) Fichandler Award in 2021 and received the Asian Pacific American Friends of Theater (APAFT) Outstanding Directing Award in 2019.
“I am thrilled to bring my experiences and training to UCLA TFT and work with the tremendous faculty to continue to develop world-class acting and entertainer education for the 21st century,” Chang said. “I know I will learn deeply from my new community of colleagues and students.”
Chang was previously a faculty member and acting undergraduate head in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where she taught acting, directing, and development courses. professional and commercial.
She received her bachelor’s degree in drama and psychology from New York University and her master’s degree in theater from UCSD. She is an alumnus of the Director’s Lab West and the Drama League New York Fellowship. In addition to her teaching roles at UCLA TFT and UCSD, she was a visiting professor at Pomona College.