Ellen Sebastian Chang

Ellen Sebastian Chang, a legendary figure in Bay Area performing arts, is a director and arts educator whose career spans 50 years. Her current projects include an ongoing collaboration with AfroFuturist Conjure artist Amara Tabor Smith and the Deep Waters Dance company’s House/Full of BlackWomen, a multi-year site-specific dance theater work that addresses the displacement, sex trafficking, and the creative well-being of Black women and girls in Oakland, California. 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. Sebastian Chang is also the creative director of The World As It Could Be: Human Rights and the Arts Education Program. In 2013, she was the consulting producer for the HBO production Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley; and collaborated with Amara Tabor Smith’s Deep Waters Dance Theater in the creation and direction of “He Moved Swiftly But Gently…” a tribute to black queer choreographer Ed Mock. Sebastian Chang was the proud co-owner and general manager of FuseBOX Restaurant, created by chef Sunhui Chang in West Oakland, California. During its run, FuseBOX was cited as one of the top ten restaurants by San Francisco Bay Guardian and San Francisco Magazine. She is a recipient of awards and grants from Creative Capital, MAP Fund, A Blade of Grass Fellowship in Social Engagement, Art Matters, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, NEA, Creative Work Fund, the California Arts Council, and the Zellerbach Family Fund.