Mel Ng

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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.

Proud member of USA 829, Wingspace Theatrical Design. Currently at NYU-Playwrights Horizons Theater School teaching design to undergraduate students.

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

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


*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

three girls never learnt the way home by matthew paul olmos (Cherry Lane Mentor Project) dir Larissa Lury March 2019


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


*King Philip's Head is Still on That Pike Just Down the Road by Daniel Glenn (Clubbed Thumb, NY); dir Caitlin Ryan O'Connell June 2019

Hype Man by Idris Goodwin (Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY); dir Jess Mcleod September 2019

*Dr. Ride's American Beach House by Liza Birkenmeier (Ars Nova, NY); dir Katie Brook November 2019

War of the Worlds: A Radio Play (Montana Repertory Theater, MT); dir Caitlin Ryan O'Connell January 2020

*denotes World Premiere