A story is ultimately, a journey for an audience- best structured according to the simple logic of a beginning, middle and end.
Jenevieve Chang was born in Taiwan, and came to Australia at the age of 4. She grew up in Sydney with her grandparents, who instilled in her an appreciation of opera, history, literature and kindness. They were a constant reminder of the human capacity for both sadness and joy, and the uniqueness of each of us as storytellers, capable of sculpting and bending our experiences into the shapes of our desire.
Jenevieve’s formative years were dominated by dance, excelling in choreography. A dance and theatre career in Europe followed, where Jenevieve worked with companies such as the National Theatre, the Young Vic and Yellow Earth before undertaking her MA in Movement Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2008, Jenevieve was Artist-in-Residence in Beijing’s 798 Art District. As the Global Financial Crisis hit the rest of the world, Jenevieve decided to stay in China, the land of her grandparents’ stories. Moving to Shanghai, she continued to create shows, direct plays and appear in films.
In the end: Jenevieve moved back to Australia in 2011. Her memoir, The Good Girl of Chinatown was published by Penguin Random House in 2017.
Today, she is a writer, actor and story developer working in the performing arts and screen industries. She is an alumni of Screen Australia’s Developing the Developer program and undertook industry placement with Felix Media and Arclight Films. Jenevieve went on to manage Arclight’s Chinalight program, developing Australian films for Chinese-Australian co-productions. Jenevieve regularly assesses scripts for Screen Australia and has produced for organisations such as NIDA, CAAP and the City of Sydney.
Jenevieve is currently a Development Executive at Screen Australia.
Revealing a story’s potential is at the heart of the development process. I develop scripts for screen and stage. Companies I’ve worked with include Felix Media, Arclight Films, Australian Theatre for Young People, Screen Australia and Monkey Baa Theatre.
“Chang’s book is dance-like: charismatic and light on its feet, underpinned by careful, hard work.”
—Sydney Morning Herald