Oanh Nguyen Artistic Director

Artist Profile

Oanh Nguyen has been serving as Chance Theater’s founding Artistic Director since 1999. Oanh is a recipient of TCG’s New Generations Grant and the TCG Nathan Cummings Young Leaders of Color Fellowship. He was awarded the Outstanding Artist Award by Arts Orange County, profiled in Orange County Register’s “Most Influential People” series and OC Weekly’s People Issue, inducted into Anaheim High School’s Hall of Fame and was a commencement speaker for Chapman University College of Performing Arts. Oanh was Producing Associate at South Coast Repertory for four years. He also served on the advisory board of the Anaheim High School Performing Arts Conservatory, the board of Network of Ensemble Theatres, LA’s 99-seat Transitional Committee and OC Theatre Guild, multiple committees for the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and grant panels for the likes of the National Endowment for the Arts and Theatre Communications Group. Oanh is a proud member of SDC and SAG-AFTRA. His directing credits include productions at Chance Theater, East West Players, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and South Coast Repertory, and served as the Associate Director for the international tour of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish (Berkeley Repertory, South Coast Repertory, Hong Kong Arts Festival). His selected film credits include Two Brothers directed by Jean-Jacques Annaude, Rush Hour 3 directed by Brett Ratner, and Lonely Boy directed by Dale Fabrigar (Best First Feature Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Louisiana International Film Festival and Audience Award Winner at the 2013 BolderLife Festival).

Productions at Chance Theater

Production Date Role
Big Fish June 2018 Director
A Chorus Line July 2016 Director
After The Revolution April 2015 Director
In The Heights July 2014 Director
The Laramie Project & Ten Years Later April 2013 Director
West Side Story July 2012 Director
Reborning April 2012 Director
The Boy in the Bathroom April 2011 Director
The Who’s Tommy July 2010 Director
Welcome Home, 
Jenny Sutter April 2010 Director
Merrily We Roll Along February 2010 Director
Hair
 The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical July 2009 Director
The Girl, The Grouch, 
and The Goat April 2009 Director
Jesus Hates Me January 2009 Director
Rabbit Hole May 2008 Director
Assassins February 2008 Director
Sunday In The Park With George September 2007 Director
Inventing Van Gogh February 2007 Director