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Desdemona Chiang is a stage director based in Seattle, WA and Ashland, OR. Co-Founder of Azeotrope (Seattle). Directing credits include Guthrie Theater, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, Long Wharf Theatre, Seattle Children?s Theatre, ACT Theatre Seattle, American Shakespeare Center, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Heritage Theatre Festival, Book-It Repertory, Aurora Theatre Company, Seattle Public Theatre, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Azeotrope, Impact Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Golden Thread Productions, Washington Ensemble Theatre, One Minute Play Festival, Ohio Northern University, University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts, among others. Assisting and dramaturgy credits include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, A Contemporary Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Intiman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Magic Theatre, Theatreworks, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, among others. Intersection for the Arts Triangle Lab Artist-Investigator. Adjunct Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts. Awards/Affiliations: Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre, SDC Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellowship, Drama League Directing Fellowship, TCG Young Leader of Color, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and Directors Lab West. Gregory Award Recipient for Outstanding Direction. BA: University of California at Berkeley. MFA Directing: University of Washington School of Drama.

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Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Announce Annual Membership Meeting Election Results And President's Award

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) announced the results of its 2023 Executive Board election at its Annual Membership Meeting on Monday night, November 13.

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Hosting 21 Award-winning Musical Theatre Writers For Fully-funded Summer Residencies

For its 13th summer, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is hosting 21 award-winning musical theatre writers of nine new musicals for nine consecutive weeklong residencies between June 25 and August 27.

Review: YOUNG AMERICANS Takes a Road Trip at Pittsburgh Public Theater

Lauren Yee's time-bending new play shows the power of identity, family and a really good mixtape.

Composer Huang Ruo Conducts BOUND, A True Story Of Navigating Life As A Second-Generation Immigrant

Seattle Opera closes its 2022/23 season with the West Coast premiere of Bound, a new chamber opera from composer Huang Ruo and librettist Bao-Long Chu that premiered at Houston Grand Opera in 2014.

The Drama League Names 2023 Directors Project Recipients

The Drama League has announced the fourteen exceptional stage directors receiving the fellowships, assistantships, and residencies of the 2023 Drama League Directors Project.

FAT HAM, LITTLE WOMEN & More Set for Seattle Rep 2022/23 Season

Intimate stories. Interwoven music. Breathtaking physicality. This, and much more, is what you can expect upon your return to Seattle Rep for an all-new season in fall 2023. See how to purchase tickets!

SDCF Announces 2022-2023 Professional Development Program Cycle 1 Recipients

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2022-2023 Professional Development Program Cycle 1 opportunities. 

Portland Center Stage Presents YOUNG AMERICANS Next Month

Portland Center Stage presents the newest play from one of the most exciting playwrights in the country — the world premiere of Lauren Yee's Young Americans, directed by Desdemona Chiang. Commissioned by PCS, Young Americans takes audiences on two road trips, traveling to and from Portland, 20 years apart. 

Seattle Bound Presents BOUND, Based On A True Story, Explores The Contradictions Of The Immigrant Experience

Continuing its commitment to new works and today's stories, Seattle Opera presents Bound, a chamber opera by composer Huang Ruo and librettist Bao-Long Chu. Based on true events, Bound tells the story of Diane Tran, a 17-year-old honor student who spent a night in jail in 2012 for truancy when she missed too many school days working two jobs to support her family.

Applications Now Open for The Drama League's 2023 Next Stage Residency

The Drama League will offer a second Next Stage Residency in 2023, through a Regrowth and Capacity Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. This grant will support the organization’s celebrated umbrella of service programs, collectively called The Directors Project.


“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” is an enduring classic for a reason. Sure, it’s family friendly and has a worldwide recognizable name, but in addition to it’s wonderful songs, it’s shown to be amazingly adaptable based on the production.

SDC Announces Executive Board Election Results

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) announced the results of its 2022 Executive Board election at its Annual Membership Meeting on Monday night, November 14. Evan Yionoulis was elected to serve a second term as Executive Board President.

SDC Foundation Professional Development Program 2022-2023 Season Cycle 1 Opportunities Now Open

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) is now accepting applications for its Professional Development Program 2022-2023 Season Cycle 1.

THE DRAMA LEAGUE Opens Applications For The 2023-24 Directors Project

The Drama League (Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Director Bevin Ross) has opened the 2023-2024 applications for its acclaimed umbrella of service programs, collectively called The Directors Project. These programs, which for the last four decades have provided unparalleled industry-leading production opportunities, career development, and professional growth, give early and mid-career directors paid fellowships, residencies to develop new works, and assistantships at major theatrical institutions.  

City Opera To Present CHINATOWN As Staged Concert

City Opera Vancouver announces a format change in presentation of the new opera CHINATOWN. It opens 13 September at the Vancouver Playhouse.

PlayGround Announces 29th Season Of New Plays & Playwrights

PlayGround, California's leading playwright incubator and theatre community hub, has announced its 29th season, including the return of the celebrated Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series on third Mondays,* October - March, in-person this year at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage and live simulcast.

Review: THE BONESETTER'S DAUGHTER at Book-It Repertory Theatre

Memories, secrets, and what is believed to be true are held in a delicate balance in the hands of The Bonesetter’s Daughter at Book-It Repertory Theatre. There are the stories we tell and the stories we hide. Can you really know who you are if you don’t know the past? The bonds of mothers and daughters will be tested when all is revealed. Book-It Repertory Theatre takes you on a journey through three generations to discover the truth of a family’s roots.

Village Theatre's NewWorks Program to Stage EASTBOUND

Village Theatre today announced that tickets are on sale now for the Village Originals Beta Production of Eastbound, a new bilingual musical about the unexpected meeting of two brothers from opposite sides of the world. Directed by Desdemona Chiang (Seattle Rep: The Winter’s Tale) and Music Directed by R.J. Tancioco (Village Theatre: Hairspray,  Newsies), this is a fully-produced developmental production with scenic design by Timothy Mackabee, costume design by Johanna Pan, and lighting design by Robert J. Aguilar.

VIDEO: Watch a Teaser for AND SO THAT HAPPENED… at The 5th Avenue Theatre

The 5th Avenue Theatre is bringing to life three new unique stories in the world premiere of the musical And So That Happened..., a collage of experiences that reflects and expresses cataclysmic change from the perspective of Northwest voices.

World Premiere Adaptation of Amy Tan's THE BONESETTER'S DAUGHTER to be Presented by Book-It Repertory Theatre

Book-It Repertory Theatre will present the world-premiere of Amy Tan’s haunting familial epic, The Bonesetter’s Daughter. Adapted by playwright Desdemona Chiang (she/her) and directed by Rosa Joshi (she/her), audiences will be treated to a production filled with emotion, tension and gripping adventure.

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