Theater director Tim Dang talks about his upcoming stage production of THE JOY LUCK CLUB. Tim discusses his unique approach to actors’ auditions, how he got his nickname “Teflon Tim”, and why it’s crucial to cultivate a healthy Asian American economy of actors, writers, producers, and executives. (Intro: The Farewell)
Tim Dang is faculty member at the USC School of Dramatic Arts for directing and dramaturgy. He directed the musical Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice at the USC Bing Theatre in 2017.
Dang is also the recipient of the 2015 Society of Directors and Choreographers’ Zelda Fichandler Award for transforming the regional theatre arts landscape through theatre. He has been challenging the American theatre (with the 51% Preparedness Plan for the American Theatre) to implement policy within each theatre’s strategic plan, setting goals for equity, access and inclusion in their artistic programming for women, people of color and youth. He is producing artistic director emeritus of East West Players (EWP), having run the longest running professional theatre of color in the United States for 23 years. He is currently co-chair of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors’ Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative. He is also co-director of the National Cultural Navigation Theater Project, researching sustainability models for theatres of color. Dang recently directed Nothing is the Same for Sierra Madre Playhouse and the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards at the Ace Hotel. East West Players directing credits include La Cage aux Folles, Beijing Spring (world premiere), A Little Night Music, Chess, Krunk Fu Battle Battle (world premiere), Mysterious Skin (Los Angeles premiere), Imelda: A New Musical (world premiere/New York premiere), Pippin, Equus, Voices From Okinawa (world premiere), Passion (Los Angeles premiere), The Nisei Widows Club, Pacific Overtures (Ovation Award), Sweeney Todd (Ovation Award) and Into The Woods. His upcoming directorial projects include Kentucky by Leah Nanako Winkler at USC and The Emperor’s Nightingale at MainStreet Theatre in Rancho Cucamonga. Early on in his career, Dang started out as an actor shooting numerous television episodics, and performing in many plays at East West Players and around Los Angeles.