Directing Alumna Mei Ann Teo Is Picked to Helm The Musical Theatre Factory
October 18, 2018
Directing alumna Mei Ann Teo '14 has been named Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory, a nonprofit artist service organization dedicated to helping musical theatre makers develop and present new work in a collaborative environment free from the pressures of critical or commercial success. “I’m absolutely thrilled and honored to serve this incredible community that Shakina has brought together,” Teo told Playbill. “MTF, by nurturing groundbreaking musical theatre makers, plays a unique and necessary role in the cultural infrastructure of our society.” The work is important to Teo because MTF creates a space to “make work that seeks to dismantle oppressive ideologies, shift the culture towards collective liberation, and do it through powerful and joyful story in song.”
MTF’s Founding Artistic Director Shakina Nayfack went on to say of the School of the Arts directing alumna, “[...] a visionary interdisciplinary theatre maker and community organizer who brings with her to the job a wealth of experience in new works development, education, and fundraising. We are in great hands, and I have full confidence that MTF will achieve new levels of artistic excellence and organizational sustainability with her expertise and leadership.”
Mei Ann Teo is a Singaporean theatre/filmmaker currently based in the United States. Her professional works: Lyrics From Lockdown, Not Here, and MiddleFlight have toured the U.S. and international festivals including Belgium’s Festival de Liege, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Edinburgh International Fringe, INFANT Experimental Theatre Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, Edmonton Fringe Festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival. She has worked with The Public Theater, Berkeley Rep, Theatre of Yugen, Crowded Fire, Cutting Ball, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Her work, especially in documentary theatre, also extends to China. In Ji’an, the seat of the Cultural Revolution, she made Wo Men Zhe Yang Kai Shi (This is How We Begin), with factory workers in Shen Zhen, she made Meng Xiang (Dreams), and with locals in a remote mountain village, she made Fei (Fly). As a filmmaker, Teo directed the short documentary Please Listen To Me, she co-directed and produced a short film Not Here that received the Singapore Film Commission’s Short Film Grant. She produced Stop All The Clocks, a feature-length documentary. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Theatre at Hampshire College, where she teaches directing and dramaturgy.