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Acting, Directing

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Department of Theatre & Dance
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC0344
La Jolla, CA 92093-0344
Office: GH 304
Phone: (858) 246-2361
Fax: (858) 534-1080
Email: j7chang@ucsd.edu
Office Hours:
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  Jennifer Chang
Acting Faculty / Head of Undergraduate Acting


Professor 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, double-majoring in Psychology. Her research interests include immersive theatre experiences, site-specific or site-responsive adaptations of classical and new work, new play development, and puppetry. Most recently she received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for direction for Vietgone by Qui Nguyen (EWP). Jennifer 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 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 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 "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 has taught in the conservatory at the East West Players and has been a guest artist and guest director at USC, and at 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 an alumnus of Director's Lab West and 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, oversees curriculum, teaches core undergraduate courses in theatre, and directed the 2018 and 2019 MFA actor showcases. Upcoming 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.


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