Mel Ng

  • Designer

View Resume

I am a theater designer and visual artist. I believe that design is my mode of communication. It allows me to explore the tension between the intellectual idea and dramatic gesture. I approach the process of design as a visual dramaturg.

Being born in Hong Kong and raised in Singapore, I am interested in creating pluralistic worlds in the theater and finding a way to bring a transnational perspective to projects. I enjoy the highly collaborative process of designing for new work and devised work. I often seek to queer the work subliminally. As a designer, I seek to transgress playfully. I bring agency, presence, and a multi-disciplinary attitude to all my projects.

Proud member of USA 829, Wingspace Theatrical Design. Currently at NYU-Playwrights Horizons Theater School teaching design to undergraduate students.

I am always looking for new collaborators and artists to work with - please, drop me a line at melissaavang@gmail.com

B.A: University of Chicago M.F.A: University of California-San Diego

Earlier:

*King Philip's Head is Still on That Pike Just Down the Road by Daniel Glenn (Clubbed Thumb, NY); dir Caitlin Ryan O'Connell June 2019

Upcoming:

Hype Man by Idris Goodwin (Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY); dir Jess Mcleod September 2019

Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Shakespeare Theatre, DC); dir Will Davis October 2019

*Dr. Ride's American Beach House by Liza Birkenmeier (Ars Nova, NY); dir Katie Brook November 2019

War of the Worlds: A Radio Play (Montana Repertory Theater, MT); dir Caitlin Ryan O'Connell January 2020

*denotes World Premiere