Green Festival Speakers
Ellen Sebastian Chang
Ellen Sebastian Chang is currently the General Manager of FuseBOX, a newly opened Korean American Restaurant in West Oakland as well as the Creative Director for “The World As It Could Be” an ongoing project with the REX Foundation using the arts to teach the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in high schools. Ms. Sebastian Chang began her career as a lighting designer and technician. In 1982 her directorial and writing debut called “Your Place Is No Longer With Us” was created in a Victorian mansion and told the story of the coming of age of a ten year old biracial girl; a meal of black-eyed peas, mustard greens and corn bread cooked throughout the performance was served to the audience at the end of the play. “Your Place Is No Longer With Us” is published in West Coast Plays and won a Bay Area Critics Circle Award for New Directions in Theater. This work was the beginning of Ms. Sebastian Chang’s ongoing interest in children; exploring dialogues in regard to race in particular mix race issues and strong female identified images.