June 8, 2023

Mei Ann Teo Joins Artistic Leadership Team

Photo by: Maria Baranova

We are thrilled to announce Mei Ann Teo (they/them) as the fifth member of our new Artistic Leadership Team, alongside Nile Harris, Jane Jung, Talvin Wilks, and Sara Zatz. They will work together to envision and begin to realize PCC's next chapter. The Artistic Leadership Team is a multi-generational group of artists and producers who are collaboratively envisioning the next iteration of Ping Chong and Company. The addition of Mei Ann to the Team is an exciting convergence of new leadership and artistic possibilities.

Mei Ann states, “I am thoroughly excited to join the Ping Chong and Company Artistic Leadership Team. Ping Chong is a North Star for me, as a generative and truly expansive experimental force who created new forms through original works and reimagined classics throughout his artistic journey. I see the Company’s next chapter as home for a community of such artistic forces and can’t wait to build with the brilliance of Nile, Jane, Talvin, and Sara.”

Mei Ann Teo is a queer immigrant from Singapore making theater and film at the intersection of artistic/civic/contemplative practice. As a director, devisor, and dramaturg, they create across genres, including music theater, intermedial participatory work, reimagining classics, and documentary theater. Teo works internationally, at festivals including Belgium's Festival de Liege (Lyrics from Lockdown by Bryonn Bain), Edinburgh International Fringe, Beijing International Festival, Singapore Theatre Festival. They have directed and/or developed across the country, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Theatreworks Hartford, the Playwrights Realm, Goodman Theatre, The Public Theater, Berkeley Rep, Crowded Fire, History Theatre, Page 73, Musical Theatre Factory, and the National Black Theatre. Recent work includes Madeline Sayet’s Where We Belong (film and national tour), the U.S. premiere of Amy Berryman’s Walden at Theatreworks Hartford (Best Production and Director - Connecticut Critics Award), and the English U.S. premiere of Stefano Massini’s 7 Minutes at Waterwell. Teo received the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Josephine Abady Award, is the inaugural recipient of the Lily Fan Director Lilly Award, and has formerly served as the Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory and the Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Work at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Mei Ann will bring new experience, perspective, and ideas to the PCC Artistic Leadership Team. They join performer and director Nile Harris; playwright, director, and dramaturg Talvin Wilks; PCC Managing Director Jane Jung; and Associate Director Sara Zatz. The formation of the Team represents a pivotal moment in PCC’s multi-year transition from a company identified with a single artist into one that supports a new generation of interdisciplinary artists. The transitional leadership structure is a reflection of this shift, and gives central roles to five individuals with deep connections to the Company.