Alumni Mei Ann Teo '14 & Tatiana Pandiani '16 Win 2018 National Directors Fellowship
June 7, 2018
Alumni Mei Ann Teo '14 and Tatiana Pandiani '16 received the 2018 National Directors Fellowship. The fellowship—which was presented by several arts organizations such as The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, National New Play Network, The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation—will provide mentorship and training for one and half years to five emerging stage directors with the hope of “propelling the advancement of new plays.”
Teo and Pandiani, along with the other three fellows, will train under Wendy Goldberg, the Artistic Director of the National Playwrights Conference. Throughout the year, the fellows will participate in the professional development opportunities such as the National Playwrights Conference, an MFA Playwrights’ Workshop and Directing Intensive, a two-week directing symposium, and will direct and showcase a play at The O’Neill Center in January 2020.
Mei Ann Teo
Teo is an Asian American and Singaporean theatre/film maker who “works at the intersection of artistic/civic/contemplative practice to shift culture towards justice and compassion.” For example, Teo has created documentary theatre works exploring the Chinese Cultural Revolution (Wo Men Zhe Yang Kai Shi (This is How We Begin)), factory workers in Shen Chen, China (Meng Xiang (Dreams)), and locals in a remote mountain village in China (Fei (Fly)). She has showcased her work at Belgium’s Festival de Liege, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Edinburgh International Fringe, INFANT Experimental Theatre Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival. She also directed the short documentaries Please Listen to Me and Not Here. She’s currently an Assistant Professor at Hampshire College.
Pandiani, who is from Buenos Aires but was raised all over the U.S., creates work that “combines live performance, dance, music, and storytelling to challenge and entertain today's audiences,” according to her website. Her work is inspired by artists such as Maria Irene Fornes, Frida Kahlo, Pina Bausch, Bob Fosse, Bertol Brecht, and Astor Piazzolla. Most recently, she directed plays that showcased at the International Theatre Festival in Kampala, Uganda, and Atlantic Stage 2. She works as a 2050 Teaching Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, as a Teaching Artist at the Atlantic Theatre Company, and is Artistic Associate at Miami New Drama. At Columbia, she studied with Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick.