Naya Chang

Educator

Naya Chang is a theater director, actress, violinist and painter. She received her MFA in Theater Acting with a special emphasis in Directing and BA in Music Composition from Brandeis University. Her recent works include: director and narrator for Harmony of Nature by Bunun Mountain Traditional Music Chorus and Cellist Annie Chang in Esplanade Singapore, director and stage designer for the concert Wu Man and Aboriginal Friends, commissioned by the National Theater and Concert Hall, as part of the 2012 Taiwan International Festival of the Arts, and assistant director for the original opera La peintre, Yu-Lin produced by the Nations Symphony Orchestra Taiwan, premiering at the National Theater Hall in Taipei. Naya was music director, Christmas Future and the violinist for A Christmas Carol at Berkshire Theater Festival. She was assistant director for Stuck Elevator premiered at American Conservatory Theater (ACT) and traveled with the touring version of the production to International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven. As assistant to the composer, Naya worked with director Carey Perloff to incorporate live music onto stage seamlessly for Elektra featuring Olympia Dukakis at ACT. Naya co-directed The Orphan of Zhao, a Chinese story which she helped adapt, and also directed DiverseCity, while developing monologues/scenes with undergraduate students and coaching them individual performances at Brandeis University. As an actress, Naya appeared in more than 10 theater productions and performed her violin providing original music and sound for a number of productions. Naya has a passion for education and taught a theatre course she developed called “Speak, Act, Because We Care” at the Urban Scholars Program at University of Massachusetts Boston. Naya is trained in directing, acting, dancing, voice/speech, stage combat and singing. Areas of teaching: Acting including Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Suzuki, Viewpoints; scene work using materials from modern plays, Shakespeare, Greek and Chekhov; voice work, Interdisciplinary Performance, Self­ Narrative Performance. Naya believes in the power of self-expression. She fosters encouraging environments in which her students can empower themselves, while exploring the world of performing arts. Naya is also devoted in connecting Eastern and Western cultures, as well as social issues and healing.  www.nayachang.com