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DESDEMONA CHIANG

MEMBER, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

DIRECTING EXPERIENCE selected credits

(** world premiere, * regional premiere)


OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (Ashland, OR)
The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

LONG WHARF THEATRE (New Haven, CT)
Smart People by Lydia Diamond*

CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE THEATER (Berkeley, CA)
As You Like It by William Shakespeare

A CONTEMPORARY THEATRE (Seattle, WA)
King of the Yees by Lauren Yee* (Sept 2017)

SEATTLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE (Seattle, WA)
Citizen 13559: The Journal of Ben Uchida by Naomi Iizuka* (Feb 2018)

SEATTLE REPERTORY THEATRE (Seattle, WA)
Constellations by Nick Payne*

PLAYMAKERS REPERTORY COMPANY (Chapel Hill, NC)
The Crucible by Arthur Miller; We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… by Jackie Sibblies Drury*; 4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog*; Hairspray: music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan (Young Conservatory)

SEATTLE SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (Seattle, WA)
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (Mar 2018), Measure For Measure by William Shakespeare

SHOTGUN PLAYERS
Heart Shaped Nebula by Marisela Travino Orta**

AURORA THEATRE COMPANY (Berkeley, CA)
Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo*

AZEOTROPE (Seattle, WA)
Sound by Don Nguyen (co-production with ACT Theatre)**; 25 Saints by Joshua Rollins (co-production with ACT Theatre)*; Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph*; Jesus Hopped the A Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis (co-production with ACT Theatre)*; Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp*

CROWDED FIRE THEATRE COMPANY (San Francisco, CA)
Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them by A. Rey Pamatmat; The Hundred Flowers Project by Christopher Chen**; Exit, Pursued by a Bear by Lauren Gunderson**

GOLDEN THREAD PRODUCTIONS (San Francisco, CA)
City of Grubs by Naomi Wallace*; Stalemate by Silva Semerciyan*

FRINGE NYC (New York, NY)
Yellow Dress by Marissa Lichwick*

IMPACT THEATRE (Berkeley, CA)
Bread & Circuses (an evening of short plays)**; Crevice by Lauren Yee**; Disassembly by Steven Yockey**; MilkMilkLemonade by Joshua Conkel*; Ching Chong Chinaman by Lauren D. Yee**; Money & Run Episode 4: Go Straight, No Chaser by Wayne Rawley*; Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) by Sheila Callaghan*

WASHINGTON ENSEMBLE THEATRE (Seattle, WA)
Hunter Gatherers by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb*

UNICYCLE COLLECTIVE (Seattle, WA)
Muffin Face by Keith Hitchcock**

SIS PRODUCTIONS (Seattle, WA)
Ching Chong Chinaman by Lauren Yee*

Additional Credits: THEATREWORKS Young Playwrights Project (Palo Alto, CA); DRAMA LEAGUE DIRECTORFEST (New York, NY), INTIMAN THEATRE Living History School Tour (Seattle, WA); SF YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL (San Francisco, CA), SAN FRANCISCO ONE MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (San Francisco, CA); WOMAN’S WILL 24-Hour Playfest (Oakland, CA); BAY ONE ACTS (San Francisco, CA); THEATRE IN THE WOODS (Woodside, CA)

Assistant Directing: OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (Ashland, OR); PLAYMAKERS REPERTORY COMPANY (Chapel Hill, NC); RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATRE (New York, NY); ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY (Tucson, AZ); ACT THEATRE (Seattle, WA)

 

NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT selected credits


PLAYWRIGHTS FOUNDATION (San Francisco, CA)
Endangered Species by Nilan, The World of Extreme Happiness by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, The Hundred Flowers Project by Christopher Chen, Hong Kong Dinosaur by Amelia Roper, Wolves by Steven Yockey, Hayley’s Comet by Christopher Tong

MAGIC THEATRE (San Francisco, CA)
Hookman by Lauren Yee

PROFILE THEATRE (Portland, OR)
Buena Vista by Edith Freni

GOLDEN THREAD PRODUCTIONS (San Francisco, CA)
The Mummy and the Revolution by Yussef El-Guindi

CROWDED FIRE THEATRE COMPANY (San Francisco, CA)
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by Lauren Gunderson

BINDLESTIFF STUDIOS (San Francisco, CA)
History of the Body, by Aimee Suzara

ETHNIC CULTURAL THEATRE (Seattle, WA)
Bonita by Elizabeth Heffron

FREEHOLD NEW PLAY SHOWCASE (Seattle, WA)
The Gift by Debra Borchert; Who You Leave With by Kristin Clark

Additional Credits: OSF Midnight Projects and OSF Presents (Ashland, OR); Playground SF (San Francisco, CA); Z SPACE STUDIO (San Francisco, CA); ASIAN AMERICAN THEATRE COMPANY New Works (San Francisco, CA); ROSS VALLEY Alternative Works (Ross, CA)

Selection Committee / Reader: PLAYWRIGHTS FOUNDATION (San Francisco, CA); PLAYWRIGHTS CENTER Jerome Fellowship (Minneapolis, MN); AURORA THEATRE Global Age Project (Berkeley, CA); GOLDEN THREAD PRODUCTIONS ReOrient Festival (San Francisco, CA); THE PLAYWRIGHTS REALM Writing Fellows Program (New York, NY); PLAYGROUND SF (San Francisco, CA)

 

UNIVERSITY / EDUCATIONAL DIRECTING selected credits

(** world premiere, * regional premiere)


OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY (Ada, OH)
Proud Son by Shu Matsui, trans. Andy Bragen and Kyoko Yoshida**

CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS (Seattle, WA)
Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka; She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen*; Summertime by Charles Mee*; The Thugs by Adam Bock*; Women of Trachis by Sophocles, adaptation by Kate Ryan*

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (Seattle, WA)
The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard; Big Love by Charles L. Mee (MFA Thesis); Gibraltar by Octavio Solis*; Hunter Gatherers by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb*; Iron Shoes by Desdemona Chiang & Maythinee Washington**; We Are Not These Hands by Sheila Callaghan*

 

AWARDS / RECOGNITIONS selected credits


VILCEK PRIZE FOR CREATIVE PROMISE IN THEATRE

STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY FOUNDATION
Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellow, King Lear, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR
Denham Award Finalist, The Hundred Flowers Project by Christopher Chen
Directing Observership: Paradise Lost, Intiman Theatre, Seattle, WA

TRIANGLE LAB ARTIST-INVESTIGATOR (2013) (CAL SHAKES / INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS)
THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP Young Leader of Color, Leadership U Finalist
DRAMA LEAGUE Director’s Project Fall Directing Fellow
LINCOLN CENTER THEATER DIRECTORS LAB, New York, NY and DIRECTORS LAB WEST, Pasadena, CA

 

ARTS LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE


AZEOTROPE, Co-Founder and Resident Director (Seattle, WA) (2010-present)
Lead artist, producer and resident director in one of Seattle’s newest and most-watched theatre companies. Azeotrope’s mission is to produce new and contemporary work about the invisible and marginalized.

IMPACT THEATRE, Associate Artistic Director (Berkeley, CA) (2005-2010)
Develop and maintain relationships with local and national emerging playwrights and agents; Work with Artistic Director and Literary Manager in overseeing script submissions; Direct one show per season; Assist with season planning

PLAYGROUND Resident Director (San Francisco, CA) (2012)
Serve as dramaturgical support for resident playwrights and development of new play commissions. Direct for Monday Night PlayGround evening of short plays

Additional Assistantships: MARK TAPER FORUM New Works Festival Literary (Los Angeles, CA); TWO RIVER THEATER COMPANY Education/Dramatugy (Red Bank, NJ), CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE THEATER Artistic Learning (Berkeley, CA)

 

EDUCATION / TRAINING


MFA Directing: University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
BA Integrative Biology and Dramatic Art: University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)