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.

Proud member of USA 829, Wingspace Theatrical Design. Currently on faculty 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 melissaavang@gmail.com

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

Earlier:

*Lettie by Boo Killebrew (Victory Gardens, IL): dir Chay Yew May 2018

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

*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

Currently:

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

Upcoming:

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

*denotes World Premiere