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Jennifer Chang

Associate Professor

Jennifer ChangJennifer Chang is a multi-hyphenate storyteller and educator who won the LADCC Award in Direction for the Los Angeles premiere of Vietgone by Qui Nguyen. Select 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 Undo the Sea by Inda Craig-Galván with Primary Stages. Her new play/musical development projects include those at Pasadena Playhouse; O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Geffen Playhouse; New Harmony Project; CTG; Sông Collective; Black and Latino Playwrights’ Conference; Theatre Mu; Chance Theater; Boston Court; Ashland New Plays Festival; PlayOn!; East West Players; and Artists at Play, among others. She is a founding member and co-artistic producing director of the award-winning Chalk Repertory Theatre. Chang’s upcoming directing projects include Everybody at Antaeus Theatre Company and American Fast by Kareem Fahmy at City Theatre. Her play The Devil Is a Lie premieres in 2023 at Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh. She is a current Beatrice Terry Resident at The Drama League in New York City for her play Matter.

As an actor, Chang has appeared in theaters across the country and in film, TV and commercials. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society (SDC), Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and Actor’s Equity Association (AEA). She was a 2021 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) Fichandler Award finalist and received an Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater (APAFT) Outstanding Director award in 2019.

Chang received her BFA in drama and psychology from New York University and her MFA in acting from UCSD. She is an alum of Director’s Lab West and the Drama League New York fellowship. In addition to UCLA TFT, she has taught at UCSD and has been a visiting professor at Pomona College.