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Tisa Chang
TISA CHANG is the Producing Artistic Director of Pan Asian Repertory. She was born in China, raised in New York City and educated at Performing Arts H.S. and Barnard College. After an active career as an actress and dancer on Broadway (Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, Lovely Ladies and Kind Gentlemen, Pacific Overtures), in film and television (Ambush Bay, Escape from Iran, Year of the Dragon), she segued to directing at LaMama ETC for Ellen Stewart’s Chinese Theatre Group. Pan Asian Rep was founded in 1977 to celebrate professional Asian American artistry and to expand the boundaries of American theatre. It is regarded as one of the most influential pioneers in professional Asian American theatre. As a director, Ms. Chang specializes in intercultural productions including the premieres of Return of the Phoenix, adapted from the Peking Opera and later premiered on CBS TV’s Festival of Lively Arts; Ghashiram Kotwal, the Marathi play with music; Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream done as a Mandarin/English adaptation; Cambodia Agonistes, a music-theatre commission which toured nationally and to festivals in Cairo and Johannesburg; 1999’s The Joy Luck Club; 2001’s highly acclaimed Rashomon which was invited to the Havana Theatre Festival in September 2003; and spring 2004’s Kwatzi the Tibetan Project which won critical praise from the press. Awards include the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award from Organization of Chinese Americans, 2002 Urban Stages honoree, 2001 Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, 1993 NYC Cultural Pioneer Tribute, 1991 Barnard College Medal of Distinction, 1988 Special Theatre World Award, and citations from the Chinatown YMCA, Chinese American Arts Council, New York Lionesses, and the Organization of Chinese Americans. She is on the Executive Board of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Bio as of February, 2005.

American Theatre Wing programs, interviews and/or credits include:

Working in the Theatre (video)
Off-Broadway - February, 2005 - Watch now.
Women Producers - September, 2002 - Watch now.

SDCF Masters of the Stage (audio)
2003 Symposium: Now What? - June, 2003 - Listen Now.

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