LEILANI CHAN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Leilani Chan is an award winning performance artist, actor, playwright, director, cultural worker, Founding Artistic Director of TeAda Productions. Leilani Chan’s newest work “Masters of the Current,” is being developed through a New England Foundation for the Arts - National Theater Project award to work with the Micronesian community in Hawai’i. She received her 3rd National Performance Network Creation Fund led by Intermedia Arts and Co-commissioned by East West Players for “Global Taxi Driver,” a transnational community-based ensemble performance exploring immigration and mobility in the 21st century. Leilani is co-creator of "Refugee Nation," the first nationally touring play about Laotian refugees in the U.S., was commissioned through a MAP Fund, NPN Creation Fund and by Legacies of War. Leilani is currently serving as Board Secretary for the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA). Leilani received the 2009 Rainbow Award from the Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival. Leilani and obtained her M.F.A. from U.C. Irvine. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Born & raised in Hawai’i, Leilani attended Hampshire College obtained her M.F.A. from U.C. Irvine in 2004.
OVA SAOPENG, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Ova Saopeng is an actor and writer from Los Angeles, born in Savannakhet, Laos and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a TeAda Productions Associate Producer, Teaching Artist and co-creator of Refugee Nation. He received his BA in Theater from the University of Southern California and since then has performed nationally with theater companies including the Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis, Mark Taper Forum/P.L.A.Y., East West Players, and hereandnow.
SHYAMALA MOORTY, POP UP! PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Shyamala Moorty is a choreographer, writer and performer whose work is influenced by her training in Bharata Natyam (with Malathi Iyengar and Medha Yodh), contemporary western dance, theater, and yoga. She is a company artist with TeAda Productions where she has created two solo shows: RISE and “Carrie’s Web”. She is a co-founder of the Post Natyam Collective and has toured their collaborative show “Meet the Goddess” in Europe, India and the U.S. Shyamala has also performed with Great Leap, the Rangoli Foundation and as a soloist and principal dancer for the Aman International Folk Ensemble. Shyamala holds an MFA in choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures.
Leilani Chan, Founding Artistic Director
Ova Saopeng, Associate Artistic Director
Shruti Purkayastha, Community Organizer
BOARD OF DIRECTORS