About

Jenevieve Chang is an actor, writer and movement geek.

She holds a BA Communications (Theatre/Media) from Charles Sturt University, a Professional Diploma in Contemporary Dance from Trinity Laban and an MA Movement Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Memorable projects include the solo Elle ne dort jamais non enfance (choreographer: Tania Soubry) touring to Vienna, Istres, Cardiff, Berlin, Llubljana, Luxembourg and Montreal; Double Negative (Chopped Logic Theatre) exploring the plight of human trafficking in the UK; her one woman show On the Face of it, which explored the East-West colonial relationship through the filter of a doomed, time- leaping romance; and Chinese Takeaway, a satire about the commodification of Chinese culture and fetishization of the female body, in which Jenevieve performed as a pole dancing prawn. The prawn was warmly received at the Accidental Festival, the Port Eliot Literary Festival, the Latitude Festival, and caused mild outrage at the Spiegeltent season at the Arts Centre in Melbourne in 2012.

Between 2008-2010 Jenevieve lived in Shanghai working as showgirl, dance captain and eventually show manager of China’s first Vaudeville, Variety and Burlesque club. Upon returning to Australia, Jenevieve decided to experiment with a different lifestyle, and became Senior Course Manager at NIDA for three years while she wrote her memoir, The Good Girl of Chinatown. The writing process was helped by Stories Then and Now, presented by Contemporary Asian-Australian Performance-as she overcame her squeamishness about talking about her family.

Other credits Jenevieve clocked up recently include serving on Griffin Theatre’s Cultural Leadership Program, taking part in Australian Writer’s Week in Beijing and serving on the Board for Contemporary Asian Australian Performance.

Last year, Jenevieve returned to the stage in Monkey Baa Theatre’s The Peasant Prince, the stage adaptation of Mao’s Last Dancer, touring to 38 venues across Australia.

The Good Girl of Chinatown will be published by Penguin Australia on the 1st May, 2017.