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Lead-Collaborator, Ellen Sebastian Chang

Ellen Sebastian Chang is a director, writer and the creative director for The World As It Could Be, using arts to teach the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Ms. Sebastian Chang was the cofounder and artistic director of LIFE ON THE WATER, a national and internationally known presenting and producing organization at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center from 1986 through 1995. In 2015 she collaborated with Oakland/LA artist Maya Gurantz to create A Hole in Space (Oakland Redux) voted “Best Underground Public Art Project”. In 2013 she was the Consulting Producer for HBO’s Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley.

Her 1982 directorial and writing debut called Your Place Is No Longer With Us was created in a Victorian mansion and told the story of the coming of age of a ten year old biracial girl; a meal of black-eyed peas, mustard greens and cornbread cooked throughout the performance and was served to the audience at the end of the play. Your Place Is No Longer With Us is published in West Coast Plays and won a Bay Area Critics Circle Award for New Directions in Theater.

She has directed and collaborated with some of the best artist in the Bay and Beyond in opera, dance, theater, spoken word and performance art including Gamelan Sekar Jaya (Balinese Dance Drama Kawit Legong  and Kali Yuga); Aya de Leon (Thieves in the Temple); Amara Tabor Smith’s Deep Waters Dance Theater (Our Daily Bread , He Moves Swiftly… and House/Full of Blackwomen); Oakland Opera Theater (Philip Glass’ Akhenaten); KITKA and Ukrainian composer Mariana Sadvoska (The Rusalka Cycle); Felonious and One Ring Zero(Stateless: a Hip-Hop Vaudeville).

She is a 2016 recipient of the Creative Capital grant for her collaboration on House/Full Of Blackwomen with Amara Tabor-Smith, and she is the Owner and General Manager of FuseBOX Restaurant in West Oakland, listed as one of the top restaurants in the Bay Area.

Costume Designers

Dana Kawano
Renee Walker
Scatha Allison
Sandrine Malary

Composers and Musicians

Jackeline Rago
Anthony Brown
Guy de Chalus
Ajayi Lumumba Jackson
Marilyn McNeal
Fredrick Harris
Richard Howell
Alexa Burrell
Chris Evans

Writers & Poets

A-lan Holt
Sharon Bridgforth
Marvin K. White
Aimee Suzara
Elizabeth Summers
Mona Webb
Fe Bongolan
Laura “Larry” Arrington

Lighting Designers

Darl Andrew Packard
Stephanie Anne Johnson
Jose Maria Francos


Robbie Sweeney

Dancers / Performers / Singers

Eyla Moore
Stephanie Bastos
Colette Eloi
Chris Evans
Regina Evans
Pippa Fleming
Zakiya Harris
Tossie Long
Rami Margron
Nkei Oruche
Karen Ransom
Shelley Davis Roberts
Keisha Turner
Valerie Troutt
Erica Wilson
Luciane Ramos Silva
Rashad Pridgen
Brontez Purnell
Zoe Klein
Ron Ragin
Jessie Hewitt
Melanie Cutchon
Claire Monica Figueroa
Erin Mei-Ling Stuart
Marvin K. White
Rashidi Omari
Frances Cachapero
Shakiri Hudson
Sophia Wang
Marc Scruggs
Jamal Hamilton
Anne Martine-Whitehead
Pakito Lázaro
Iu-Hui Cha
Fe Bongolan
Aimee Suzara
Alicia Marie Walters

Video/Sound Designers

Eric Koziol
David Szlasa
Alexa Burrell

Set Designers

Lauren Elder
Shelley Davis Roberts
Dana Kawano
Yoshinori Asai