Tim Dang

Adjunct Lecturer

  • Tim Dang

Biography

Tim Dang is a faculty member at the USC School of Dramatic Arts for directing and dramaturgy. He directed the musical Evita, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, at the USC Bing Theatre in 2017 and Kentucky by Leah Nanako Winkler in 2018.

In addition to being a theatre director and a USC faculty member, he is also a producer, arts administrator, organizational strategic planning consultant, cultural diversity and equity advocate, writer and script development consultant in a career spanning over three decades. He started out as an actor performing on stage and appearing on television episodics. He still does voiceover work for animation and video games.

Dang is the recipient of the 2015 Society of Directors and Choreographers’ Zelda Fichandler Award for transforming the regional theatre arts landscape through theatre. He is an Arts Commissioner for the LA County Department of Arts and Culture and is Co-Chair of the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative Advisory Committee through the LA County Board of Supervisors implementing cultural policy and arts initiatives that created healthy and vibrant communities for every Angeleno on every square mile of the largest county in the United States.

He is producing artistic director emeritus of East West Players (EWP), having run the longest running professional theatre of color in the United States for 23 years.

Dang recently directed The Emperor’s Nightingale for Mainstreet Theatre in San Bernardino County and Sisters Matsumoto for LA Theatre Works. East West Players directing credits include La Cage aux Folles, Beijing Spring (world premiere), A Little Night Music, Chess, Krunk Fu Battle Battle (world premiere), Mysterious Skin (Los Angeles premiere), Imelda: A New Musical (world premiere/New York premiere), Pippin, Equus, Voices From Okinawa (world premiere), Passion (Los Angeles premiere), The Nisei Widows Club, Pacific Overtures (Ovation Award), Sweeney Todd (Ovation Award) and Into The Woods. He has also directed at Singapore Repertory Theatre, PanAsian Repertory Theatre (NY), GeVa Theater Center (NY), Mark Taper Forum New Works Festival, Celebration Theatre (LA), and Perseverance Theatre (AK).

As a writer, Dang wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Beijing Spring; the lyrics for the musical Canton Jazz Club; and was co-writer on the trilogy of comedies The Nisei Widows Club, The Nisei Widows Club: Holiday On Thin Ice and The Nisei Widows Club: How Tomi Got Her Groove Back.

His upcoming directorial projects include The Joy Luck Club by Susan Kim at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, the musical Pippin by Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz at Pomona College, and Vietgone by Qui Nguyen at L.A. Theatre Works.