LEILANI CHAN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Leilani Chan is an award winning performance artist, actor, playwright, director, cultural worker, Founding Artistic Director of TeAda Productions. TeAda Productions exists to enrich the repertoire of contemporary works created and performed by people of color.
Leilani is a Department of Cultural Affairs Artist-in-Residence and has toured nationally with her solo work “E Nana I ke Kumu.” Leilani has directed new works by Robert Karimi at Out North in Anchorage, Alaska and Kristina Wong at REDCAT, [INSIDE] the Ford, and at La Peña Cultural Center. Ms. Chan has also worked with numerous arts organizations throughout the country including Center Theatre Group, New WORLD Theater, Great Leap, Highways Performance Space and many others.
Leilani obtained her M.F.A. from U.C. Irvine in 2004. Ms. Chan is on the national steering committee for the National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival and for Legacies of War.
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.
Alison De La Cruz
Leilani Chan, Founding Artistic Director
Ova Saopeng, Associate Producer
Brett Naftzger, Grant Writer
Shyamala Moorty, Program Director for Pop-Up!
Shruti P, Community Organizer
BOARD OF DIRECTORS