jakub | June 13, 2023

AMERICAN THEATRE | Mei Ann Teo Joins Ping Chong & Co.’s Leadership Team


Jane Jung, Talvin Wilks, Nile Harris, Sara Zatz, and Mei Ann Teo. (Photo by Maria Baranova.)

NEW YORK CITY: Ping Chong and Company (PCC) has named Mei Ann Teo the newest member of their artistic leadership team. Teo will work alongside Nile Harris, Jane Jung, Talvin Wilks, and Sara Zatz.

“We are thrilled that Mei Ann Teo is joining us to comprise PCC’s artistic leadership team during this period of organizational transition,” the team said in a joint statement. “Mei Ann brings a dynamic and clear-sighted artistic vision and voice, and has been deeply engaged with PCC’s enduring artistic values over the years. The addition of Mei Ann to the team is an exciting convergence of new leadership and artistic possibilities.”

Teo is a queer immigrant from Singapore who makes theatre and film at the intersection of artistic and civic practice. Teo is a director, devisor, and dramaturg whose international credits include Belgium’s Festival de Liège, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as festivals in China and Singapore. U.S. theatres they’ve worked at include Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, the Playwrights Realm, Crowded Fire Theater, the Public Theater, Page 73 Productions, and the National Black Theatre, among others. Teo previously served as the artistic director of the Musical Theatre Factory and as the associate artistic director and director of new work at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 2021, Teo directed the American premiere of Amy Berryman’s Walden at TheaterWorks Hartford, for which they won Best Director from the Connecticut Critics Circle. Teo is also the recipient of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Josephine Abady Award and the inaugural Lily Fan Director Award from the Lilly Awards.

“I am thoroughly excited to join the Ping Chong and Company’s artistic leadership team,” Teo said in a statement. “Ping Chong is a North Star for me as a generative and truly expansive experimental force. I see the company’s next chapter as home for a community of such artistic forces, and I can’t wait to build with the brilliance of Nile, Jane, Talvin, and Sara.”

PCC’s artistic leadership team was formed following the retirement of founding artistic director Ping Chong and executive director Bruce Allardice at the end of 2022.

Ping Chong and Company creates theatre and art to reveal beauty, invention, precision, and a commitment to social justice. The company was founded by Ping Chong in 1975 and engages multigenerational, interdisciplinary artists to build and expand upon Chong’s legacy. As of 2022, the theatre had a budget of approximately $1.6 million.

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