Leilani Chan is a nationally known performance artist and Founding Artistic Director of TeAda Productions. For over ten years, TeAda Productions' cross-disciplinary performances have addressed health, education, and social justice issues of communities of color.
Ms. Chan received the 2009 Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival Rainbow Award. She is a founding member of the National Coalition of Asian American Theaters & Artists and Legacies of War. Leilani is co-creator of "Refugee Nation," a play about Laotian refugees in the U.S. Her work, including two solo shows "E Nana I Ke Kumu" and "Tita on the Run," has been presented across the country.
Leilani has participated in UCLA's World Arts and Culture HOTHOUSE and TCG/Center Theater Group's Solo Performance Workshop led by Roger G. Smith. Her performance installation "Life as a Dashboard Hula Dancer" has been presented as part of Guillermo Gomez-Peña's La Pocha Nostra at LACMA and FITLA.
Born and raised in Hawai’i, Leilani attended Hampshire College and obtained her M.F.A. from U.C. Irvine. She is married to Lao American actor and writer Ova Saopeng. We look forward to having her join us!