Mei Ann Teo is a Singaporean theatre/film maker currently based in the United States. Her professional work has toured the U.S. and international festivals including Belgium’s Festival de Liege (Lyrics From Lockdown, “Truly polished, meaningful and entertaining” – New York Times), M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Edinburgh International Fringe (MiddleFlight, “Stunning” – Scotsman), INFANT Experimental Theatre Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, Edmonton Fringe Festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival (Not Here). She is the artistic director of The Wandering Fools, whose inaugural production, Caucasian Chalk Circle, is an official selection at the Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival (Oct 2013). She has worked with The Public Theater, Berkeley Rep, Theatre of Yugen, Crowded Fire, Cutting Ball, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.
For seven years, she was the Chair of Drama/Resident Artist at Pacific Union College where she founded a program focused on original ensemble creation and rooted in personal and communal history. She received the Meritorious Service Award for creating Red Books: Our Search for Ellen White, documentary theatre that KQED called “without a doubt a seminal moment in Adventist History”.
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), a play about the education system through the eyes of several generations. With factory workers in Shen Zhen, she made Meng Xiang (Dreams), a play about their secret wishes for their lives. With locals in a remote mountain village, she made Fei (Fly), a play dealing with the value of human life.
As a filmmaker, Teo directed a short documentary entitled Please Listen To Me, about marginalized and at risk youth in Singapore. She co-directed and produced a short film Not Here that received the Singapore Film Commission’s Short Film Grant and was screened internationally. 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.
Contact Mei Ann at meiannteo[at]gmail[dot]com