Hello everyone! What a thrill it is to be the first blog post of the Class of 2011…
My name is Desdemona Chiang, and I’m a director from the San Francisco Bay Area. Roger has been grilling the fellows about perfecting our individual bio pitches, so here’s my version (in under 100 words):
Like every good Chinese kid, I grew up thinking I’d be a doctor until I took my first drama class in college at UC Berkeley. I was so enamored of the craft that I kept pursuing it and ultimately received my MFA in Directing from the University of Washington. I currently freelance in SF and Seattle, working primarily on new plays. I love developing new work–world and regional premieres–and working dramaturgically alongside writers. I’m driven by logic as a director, and I focus on telling compelling stories.
Now, a quick recap of what we’ve done so far:
We just finished Day Two of Professionals Week, and while I’m sure the other fellows will have something to remark about their experience thus far, I have to say that for me, it’s been quite a whirlwind: Meetings, meals, shows, and more meetings, more meals and more shows. In addition to being thrust into a jam-packed schedule of nonstop activity, I’m also contending with a three hour time difference, which explains why I’m awake and up blogging right now at 1am.
I have to admit, I really like our class. Like, REALLY like our class. We’re all so unique in our individual proclivities and aesthetics that when you put us all together, we’re this motley crew of theatre kids traipsing around Manhattan like a drama version of Super Friends. It’s totally dorky, but also pretty badass.