Jennifer won the 2018 LADCC Award in Direction for the LA Premiere of VIETGONE. She was a 2018 Drama League New York Directing Fellow and directed the world premiere of Mara Nelson-Greenberg's The Clitorish at the New Ohio Theatre in NYC and was the Assistant Director of the Broadway World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck's BERNHARDT/HAMLET. She is a founding member of Chalk Repertory Theatre, a site-responsive theatre company, dedicated to exploring classic and new work, where she served as Artistic Producing Director and produced, directed, and acted in numerous plays over the course of eight seasons. Her work with the company has been honored with an Ovation Award, an LA Weekly Award and the Stage Scene LA award. She continues to serve on Chalk Rep’s Artistic Circle and most recently directed Death & Cockroaches (numerous Stage Scene LA Awards) for the company. Other directing credits include Animals Out of Paper by Rajiv Joseph at East West Players (LA Times Critics Pick), Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them for Artists at Play (GLAAD Media Award, Stage Scene LA Award Best Director, Ovation Award Nominated) and Our American Story at the Japanese American National Museum. She loves developing new plays and has done so with The Chance Theatre, Echo Theatre Company, Circle X Theatre Company, EST-LA, Playwrights Arena, Chalk Rep, and East West Players and is an alum of Director's Lab West.
She has acted in productions at South Coast Rep, East West Players, Company of Angels, Mixed Blood Theatre, Fulton Opera House, and the National Asian American Theatre Company, among others. Television credits include Mom, Two and a Half Men, NCIS:LA, Parenthood, Medium, Hawthorne, The Paul Reiser Show, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and others, and numerous national commercials.
She is currently the Head of Undergraduate Acting at UCSD’s Department of Theatre and Dance where she teaches acting fundamentals, advanced acting, as well as professional and business development and can be found directing, among many things, the MFA showcase. She has taught in the conservatory at the East West Players, guest directed at USC, and was a guest artist, at Texas State University, San Marcos for the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference. In 2017, she worked on a commissioned project for the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 with the Japanese American National Museum and East West Players. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society (SDC), Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), and Actor’s Equity Association (AEA). Ms. Chang received her M.F.A. from UCSD and her B.F.A from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, at the Experimental Theatre Wing where she shaved her head and poured orange juice on herself. Not at the same time.