Ellen Sebastian Chang

Writer and Director

Ellen Sebastian Chang is a director, writer and a creative consultant. Ms. Sebastian Chang was a cofounder and artistic director of LIFE ON THE WATER, a national and internationally known presenting and producing organization at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center from 1986 through 1995. Ms. Sebastian Chang is currently working for The Rex Foundation as the creative director for The World As It Could Be project, an educational program employing artists to work with classroom teachers to teach The Universal Declaration of Human Rights; she is directing Dan Wolf, Tommy Shepard and One Ring Zero on "STATELESS a hip hop vaudeville experience"; as well Monique Jenkinson aka Fauxnique on her latest project called "Luxury Items". She has been fortunate to work with some of the most interesting artists and projects in the Bay Area and beyond: co-directed with Margo Hall the West Coast premiere of Eisa Davis' "Bulrusher"; an East Coast tour of KALI YUGA: The Age of Chaos, her 2006 collaboration with Gamelan Sekar Jaya , Indonesian poet Goenewan Mohammed and spoken word/B-boy dancer Rashidi Omari Byrd; premiered Walkin Talkin Bill Hawkins", about the first black DJ in Cleveland, Ohio written and performed by William Allen Taylor at the Dobama Theater in Cleveland Ohio and Henry Street Settlement in NYC, NY . Ms. Sebastian Chang began her career as a lighting designer and technician. She served as the technical director and lighting designer for The Blake Street Hawkeyes from 1979-1983. Her directorial work is highly influenced by this love of and affinity with the movement, color and temperature of light and shadow.

Ellen Sebastian Chang joins writer Thaisa Frank choreographer Joanna Haigood, and choreographer Keith Hennessy for a panel discussion on sustaining a life as an artist at CIIS on March 13