Leilani Chan is an award winning performance artist, actor, playwright, director, cultural worker, Founding Artistic Director of TeAda Productions.  Leilani Chan’s newest collaboration with Ova Saopeng  “Masters of the Currents,” continental tour opened October 2018 at Brava Theater. "Masters of the Currents"  inter-island tour played at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) and Hilo Performing Arts Center in March of 2018. Developed through a New England Foundation for the Arts - National Theater Project award to work with the Micronesian community in Hawai’i "Masters of the Currents" played October 2017 at the Honolulu Theatre for Youth Tenney Theatre. Leilani 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 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.






Leilani Chan, Founding Artistic Director 

Ova Saopeng, Co-Artistic Director

Jade Puga, Director of Development & Communications


Diane Burbie

Dennis Carter

Leilani Chan