Mel Ng

  • Theatre Maker
  • New York, NY

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I am a theater designer and visual artist. I believe that design is my mode of communication. It allows me to explore the tension between the intellectual idea and dramatic gesture. I approach the process of design as a visual dramaturg.

Being born in Hong Kong and raised in Singapore, I am interested in creating pluralistic worlds in the theater and finding a way to bring a transnational perspective to projects. I enjoy the highly collaborative process of designing for new work and devised work. I often seek to queer the work subliminally. As a designer, I seek to transgress playfully. I bring agency, presence, and a multi-disciplinary attitude to all my projects.

I am always looking for new collaborators and artists to work with - please, drop me a line at melissaavang@gmail.com

B.A: University of Chicago M.F.A: University of California-San Diego

Currently:

Vietgone by Qui Nguyen (Writers Theatre, IL); dir Lavina Jadhwani August 2018

Upcoming:

Such Things as Vampires* created by Zak Berkman, Stuart Carden, Jessie Fisher and Mary Tuomanen (People's Light and Theater, PA); dir Stuart Carden September 2018

The Carpenter by Robert Askins (Alley Theatre, TX); dir Will Davis January 2019

The Chinese Lady by Lloyd Suh (Milwaukee Rep, WI); dir May Adrales February 2019

The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter (Asolo Rep, FL); dir Lavina Jadhwani April 2019

*denotes World Premiere