Emily C. Chang is an Emmy Award-winning performer and writer. Since the age of 5, Emily has been onstage, from playing piano to touring international choral festivals. She began performing theatrically at the age of 12 and studied under theater legend and MacArthur Fellow Anna Deveare Smith at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Emily has worked on both the big screen and the small screen. She is perhaps most recognized as the major recurring character, Ivy, on The Vampire Diaries, as well as memorable roles on How I Met Your Mother, Community, and NCIS. Recently, she played Lien Nguyen in Len Wiseman’s remake of the classic sci-fi movie, Total Recall, starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel. She also starred in the award-winning indie feature films, Colin Hearts Kay, as well as Someone I Used to Know. Emily has starred in dozens of TV commercials and short films, including the Ruffles Ultimate commercial, where she gained a following as the “Ba-zing!” girl (landing her a spot on Complex Magazine’s Top 10 Hottest Women in Commercials). Recent television credits include roles on Intelligence, Days of Our Lives, NCIS, Community, How I Met Your Mother, The Young & The Restless, 90210, and Brothers and Sisters. Emily co-founded the national performance collectives, I Was Born with 2 Tongues (with whom she was named “Top 20 Influential Asian Americans” by A. Magazine) and Mango Tribe, whose theatrical and touring productions she successfully produced and performed in from 1997-2005. She has been a part of the vibrant Chicago theater scene (Chopin, Vittum), as well as Off-Broadway and downtown New York theater scenes (The Public Theater, The Kitchen, HERE Arts Center). Her artistic work has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts (Abrons Arts Settlement), and the Illinois Arts Council.
Emily is also an avid writer/director and producer. Most recently, she wrote the short Parachute Girls (directed by Key & Peele/Keanu writer Alex Rubens), which was selected as one of seven finalists in the NBC Universal Short Film Festival. She co-wrote and directed the comedic shorts, Mouthbreather and The Humberville Poetry Slam (winner, Gold Coast Award-Hollywood East Film Fest; finalist, Golden Reel Award & Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award). She is also the associate producer of “25 to Life” (dir. Mike Brown), a documentary on HIV that is part of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film grant and IFP’s Documentary Spotlight (semi-finalist for Fledgling Fund’s Socially Conscious Award; recipient of Jerome Foundation Grant). Previously she served as staff producer and development executive at IATV, where she’s produced and directed a number of programs, including segments on the Tribeca Film Festival, the NY-Tokyo Music Festival, and commercials for clients such as Chevy, Wal-Mart, and the Las Vegas Board of Tourism.
Aside from being lead writer in many of those commercial projects, Emily is also a freelance writer and was Editor-In-Chief of the nationally distributed iaLink e-zine (winner, ESPN NAMIC Award). Her work has been published in Colorlines Magazine (2007 Winner of the Utne Independent Press Award), A. Magazine, Asianweek, Blu Magazine, Chicago Social Magazine, The University of Chicago Magazine, The Columbia Poetry Review, Monsoon Literary Magazine, and Blu Magazine.
Emily was the host of the popular nationally broadcast show, The Lounge, on iaTV, and has hosted food and travel segments for various programs, including Voyage TV’s Signature Luxury Series. She is also co-host of the documentary series, China on the Frontlines (two 2010 NY Emmy® nominations; 1 win), with NPR/The Atlantic Monthly national correspondent James Fallows.
Emily graduated from the University of Chicago and from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Check out Emily on IMDb at www.imdb.me/emilychang.