Director of ‘Smart People’ reflects on career, art’s value By E. Kyle Minor It would appear that, given the name of one of Shakespeare’s most recognizable female characters, director Desdemona Chiang was predestined for a [...]
Civic Dialogue Panel – Old Plays, New Faces: Representation in Classic Theater at California Shakespeare Theater in Berkeley
Co-hosted by UC Berkeley's Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, this dialogue will explore the ways in which traditional casting can act as a barrier to specific communities and the ways in which performing arts organizations are creating more inclusive practices to engage or more diverse range of performing artists.
On this week’s podcast, the guest is Desdemona Chiang, who discusses setting ‘The Winter’s Tale’ in China and why her mother named her after the tragic ‘Othello’ heroine.
Desdemona Chiang: The Lost Generation “A good friend of mine and I like to say—kind of jokingly, but kind of not—that there is a lost generation of Asian American artists between the ages of 30 [...]
Immigrant Theatre Artists Lauded With 2016 Vilcek Prizes. Blanka Zizka, Sarah Benson, Desdemona Chiang, and Yi Zhao are this year’s honorees.
Considered one of the most influential writers of his generation, Lin Yutang said, “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familia pillow.” So [...]
"It is a sweet, funny, and poignant story of two people who, as a result of an unexpected tragedy, find themselves connected and changed forever. "
Survival was tough in Shakespeare’s day, as it often can be today, and director Desdemona Chiang wants to bring that struggle to modern Seattle audiences with Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.
Desdemona Chiang is a stage director and University of Washington MFA graduate based in Seattle and San Francisco who puts the spotlight on the marginalized and forgotten... this month she directs Measure for Measure at Seattle Shakespeare, their first restaging of the play in twelve years. I talked to Chiang about the show, finding contemporary relevance in Shakespeare and the challenges of bi-urban living.