Tisa Chang

Born Apr 5, 1941

Tisa Chang is a Chinese American actress and theatre director from Chongqing. Her father was a diplomat and the family moved to New York City when she was a child. Chang was interested in theatre and and decided to study acting at the High School of Performing Arts and at Barnard College. Soon afterwards she started her career as an actor performing in Broadway plays and musicals, including Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel.… Read More

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  • Pan Asian Rep Presents Shanghai Lil's Broadway World
    Google News - Sep 21, 2011
  • Pan Asian Rep Announces 2011 2012 Season Theater Mania.Com
    Google News - Aug 03, 2011
  • New York World; On Names And Religion
    NYTimes - May 02, 2010
  • Theater; The Geisha And Houseboy Liberation Theater
    NYTimes - May 20, 2007


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1941 Birth Born in 1941.
1946 5 Years Old Her father, a Taiwanese diplomat named Ping-Hsun Chang, was appointed as the Republic of China's consul general to the city in 1946. He moved back to the Republic of China in 1957 to serve within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. … Read More


1973 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Chang began her directing career in 1973 at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, where she directed for Ellen Stewart's Chinese Theatre Group. … Read More
1977 36 Years Old Chang is currently the Producing Artistic Director of Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, a theatre group that she established in 1977 to help the emergence of Asian American theater. … Read More


1981 40 Years Old TV Times wrote in 1981 that Pan Asian was "the most respected experimental theatre group in New York City."
1990 49 Years Old …  Daniel Dae Kim, a Korean American actor who first worked with Pan Asian in 1990, told the newspaper that "whereas it’s gotten better for ethnic minorities in terms of general representation, what hasn’t really improved is the complexity of the roles that we’ve been given to play. … Read More


1997 56 Years Old In addition to her work as artistic director at Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Chang has also directed some own plays and musicals for the group. For example, she directed the world premiere of Shanghai Lil's at the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre in 1997, returns to direct this new production for November 2011 at the West End Theatre in NYC. … Read More


2002 61 Years Old Other awards Chang has won during her career include the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award from Organization of Chinese Americans, the 2001 Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, the 1993 Chinese American Cultural Pioneer Tribute from New York City Council Andrew Stein, and the 1991 Barnard Medal of Distinction. She is currently a part of the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Chang married Ernest Abuba on 25 January 1976 at the La MaMa Annex. … Read More
2009 68 Years Old As of 2009, it is the world's largest producer of Asian American theatre.
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