Born and raised in the concrete jungle of Shenzhen, China and having spent almost 7 years in the US, this city girl now calls both NYC and Shenzhen home. Ann grew up speaking Mandarin Chinese and English, and has been dancing, singing and playing the piano for as long as she could remember.
Ann has recently graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts & The Stella Adler Studio of Acting (BFA Acting '17 with Honors), with minors in Linguistics and Business of Entertainment, Media & Technology. She has spent the past two summers at Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Hangar Theatre upstate.
...and yes, she's probably already heard all of the possible puns to her last name, dang it.
Crossways Theatre's Afternoon of Staged Readings: "MISS NOWHERE DINER"
I played Kaitlyn, the wife a gambling addict in a staged reading of Kathleen Potts' play "Miss Nowhere Diner" directed by Nicholas Leung, as a part of a showcase of works by Kathleen Potts and Howard Pflanzer.
"WHERE IS MY MAPLE TOWN" Staged Reading
I was a part of the reading of a new play by Rain He, a visiting MFA scholar from Shanghai Theatre Academy at Columbia University.
Columbia MFA Play "SPEAKING AS THEN"
I played Tang Keren, a soft-spoken and reserved Chinese high school senior (who is much more than the perfect facade she puts on) in Columbia MFA Playwright Ruoxin Xu's final project, directed by Noam Shapiro. It was wonderful sharing our play with David Henry Hwang and Lynn Nottage!
March 16 & 17 @ 7pm, March 18 @ 2pm @ Schapiro Theatre
SVA THESIS FILM: "无名花 (The Most Beautiful Time In Life)"
I played a picky bride in a film in Mandarin, written and directed by Sunwoo Park, who won Best Director with this film at the SVA Awards!
I am now freelancing with manager FABIO CIRO of Jago Ciro Entertainment.
BILINGUAL "DEATH OF A SALESMAN" Workshop • Gung Ho Projects 1/22-28/2018
I had the opportunity to be a part of "Salesman之死“, based on the 1983 Beijing production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman". I had a great time collaborating with OBIE Award-winning director Michael Leibenluft, our playwright Jeremy Tiang and our team of bilingual artists!
"CHICAGO" with UPSTART CREATURES 01/07/2018
I got to play "Machine Gun Rosie" in Maurine Watkins's Chicago (the original play that inspired the Kander & Ebb musical), directed by Michael Barakiva and Suzanne Agins.
CLASSIFIEDS: A CRAIGSLIST PLAY @ The Hive NYC 12/07-09/2017
I had a blast doing this brand new play made up of 13 real Craigslist ads, written & dir. Matt Kinsey. I got to bring these hilarious, mind-blowing and heartbreakingly honest ads to life, and also dance some of my original choreography!
Short Film "FREE" - written and dir. Jen Kim
I played the lead role, Hyun Hee, a young Korean girl confronted with the difficult choice of what to do with her pregnancy in the wake of her Mother's death and her Father's grief. "Free" has been submitted to the HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition. Stay tuned for more updates!
"SPINNING" dir. Lisa Guo
Had a great time dancing and doing endless fouettés in Lisa Guo's black and white silent short "Spinning"!
HANGAR THEATRE Lab Company 2017
I performed in three shows and one cabaret this summer, directed by this year's Drama League Directing Fellows. Check out more photos here!
KIDDSTUFF • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse (by Kevin Kling) dir. Jillian Carucci, June 12th - June 17th @ Hangar Theatre
THE WEDGE • The Messenger (by Olivia Dufault) dir. Tom Costello, June 26th - July 3rd @ The Cherry Arts Space
LATE NIGHT CABARET (celebrating female composers!) dir. Jillian Carucci, July 1st @ Hangar Theatre
THE WEDGE • Pullman Car Hiawatha (by Thornton Wilder) dir. Gabriel Weissmann, July 17th - July 24th @ The Cherry
COLUMBIA MFA Play-Reading 04/27/17
I got to be a part of ARC: A Showcase of Female Playwrights at Columbia University, performing in a new play, Abby in Beijing (written by MFA Playwright Ruoxin Xu) as the titular character, a 17-year-old Chinese American girl visiting her father's country for the first time.
Thursday 04/27 @ Schapiro Theatre, 615 W 115th St, New York, NY 10025
NYU Tisch Film&TV - "I Love You, Lucy Liu!" 04/21/17
I played the lead in multi-camera studio project at NYU Tisch, written and directed by Joel Rao.
Women Without Men @ Stella Adler/NYU Tisch 2/28/17-3/5/17
I played the vivacious schoolteacher Ruby Ridgeway in Women Without Men by Hazel Ellis at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, directed by Suzi Takahashi.
Check out more photos from the show here!
Film & TV Reel
Performance clip: Chinglish at Columbia University