Tim Dang

Adjunct Lecturer

  • Tim Dang

Biography

Tim Dang is a theatre director, producer, arts administrator, cultural diversity and equity advocate, organizational strategic planning consultant, writer and script development consultant in a career spanning over three decades. He is currently on faculty at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dramatic Arts and the Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts (AMDA) College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

Dang is also the recipient of the 2015 Society of Directors and Choreographers’ Zelda Fichandler Award for transforming the regional theatre arts landscape through theatre.

Dang is an L.A. County Arts Commissioner and is co-chair emeritus of the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative Advisory Committee through the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, advocating cultural policy and arts initiatives that create healthy and vibrant communities for every Angeleno on every square mile of the largest County in the United States. Recently, he was appointed as the Arts and Culture Sector Leader for the County’s Economic Resiliency Task Force, providing strategies and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in response to Covid-19 and the civil unrest due to racial and social inequities across our country.

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’s recent directorial credits include Ordinary Days for AMDA, Vietgone and Sisters Matsumoto for L.A. Theatre Works, The Joy Luck Club for Sierra Madre Playhouse, Pippin for Pomona College, The Emperor’s Nightingale for Mainstreet Theatre in San Bernardino County and Evita at the University of Southern California.

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 (LA Ovation Award), Sweeney Todd (LA Ovation Award) and Into The Woods. He has also directed at Singapore Repertory Theatre, PanAsian Repertory Theatre (N.Y.), GeVa Theater Center (N.Y.), Mark Taper Forum New Works Festival, Celebration Theatre (L.A.), 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.

He is an alumnus of the USC School of Dramatic Arts (formerly known as the School of Theatre).