Ophelia Chua '08
“Keep calm and fade to black”
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING
PROFESSIONALLY OR OTHERWISE?
Building theatrical shows and immersive entertainment.
I’m currently a Live Entertainment Producer for TSG Entertainment based in New York City. We sit at the intersection of Hollywood, Broadway and Technology. As producers, we serve as the CEO of any new production. In terms of projects, we are currently wrapping up the limited run of our immersive, gamified experience in NY, LA and Austin based on the world of Alita: Battle Angel (the latest James Cameron/Robert Rodriguez movie). We also have an interactive show running in Chicago - Djembe the Show! - taking audiences on a global journey through time, where everyone gets their own Djembe to play along!
WHAT ACHIEVEMENT(S) ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
Most recently, I ran Strategy for American Ballet Theatre. While at ABT, I led the company-wide website redesign project, led the creation of a strategic plan, launched new businesses, and helped with union negotiations. Before graduate school, I worked at Goldman Sachs in private equity investments and product management, across both Hong Kong and New York. There, my best memory was leading and managing the production of a 32-hour global investor symposium held consecutively and simultaneously across five different cities and broadcast live around the world. Artistically, I have been most proud of creating and founding an annual Cabaret at Harvard Business School, as well as having my first producing and lighting designer credits off- Broadway!
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
(If you couldn’t tell already!) I’m most passionate about building, designing and running theatrical productions. I am passionate about the live entertainment industry and building new models for commercial success.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
Keep calm and fade to black.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
We have a number of live theatrical and immersive productions in the pipeline that we are working to develop, including one based on a recent movie musical and a franchise based on legacy and vintage bands. Apart from work, producing a wedding...
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE TO DATE?
My life partner, fiance and best friend, Raphael, has deeply changed my life for the better.
WHAT WAS THE LAST NEW THING YOU TRIED?
Dungeons & Dragons with theatre & improv friends
FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD MEMORY:
Quotes in the (tech) booth, inventing our own game of extreme duck-duck-goose and grad pranking by turning the plaza into a maze.
FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD TEACHER(S):
Don Armitage - for letting us loose in the Bunch, Tony Crossley - for earthquakes pranks, RJ - for electro-zapping, Collis - for Nerd Olympics, Pennells - for our obsession with David Attenborough, Maisy - for never raising rude children.
WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO BE 10 YEARS FROM NOW?
I hope that Raphael and I will have built our own successful theatrical production company and also a wonderful family together.