Mel Ng

  • Theatre Maker

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

UPCOMING PROJECTS:

Fun Home (Victory Gardens); dir Gary Griffin September 2017

Welcome to Jesus by Janine Nabers (American Theater Company); dir Will Davis October 2017

We're Gonna be Okay by Basil Kreimendahl (American Theater Company); dir Will Davis January 2018

The Burn by Philip Dawkins (Steppenwolf Theater); dir Devon deMayo February 2018

Doing It by Boo Killbrewe (Victory Gardens); dir Chay Yew April 2018

Diagram of a Paper Airplane by Carlos Murillo (American Theater Company); dir Bonnie Metzgar May 2018

SELECTED COSTUME DESIGN:

The Bitter Game (Under the Radar, Public Theater NYC); dir Deborah Stein 2017

Men on Boats (American Theater Company); dir Will Davis 2017

Picnic (American Theater Company); dir Will Davis 2017

ASSOCIATE/ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGN:

Aubergine (Playwrights Horizons, NYC); des. Jennifer Moeller September 2016

Sweet Charity (The New Group, NYC); des. Clint Ramos November 2016

One Night Only (Monica Bill Barnes + Co, Women's Project NYC); des. Kelly Hanson September 2017