Lao artist spotlight: Ova Saopeng

Ova Saopeng

Ova Saopeng is an actor, teaching artist and producer with Los Angeles based TeAda Productions.

Born in Savannakhet, Laos, and raised in Hawaii he is a University of Southern California graduate with a B.A. in Theater.

He is current project is TeAda Productions Global Taxi Driver which debuted at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis.  Ova is the co-creator of Refugee Nation, the only nationally-touring play about the Lao-American experience.

The critically acclaimed play Refugee Nation received numerous awards including MAP Fund, National Performance Network’s Creation Fund, and California Council For the Humanities and a “GO!” review in the 2012 LA Weekly.

Ova has held many roles as performer, teaching artists and producer with TeAda Productions on previous works Kalo Projects, Native Immigrant,TeAdaWorks, Delicious Reality and Pop-Up TeAda; all work that focus on refugee and immigrant communities. Refugee and Seeds of Hope.

About Laomagination Media

Focused on a mission to develop a body of multicultural, multimedia resources that meets the needs of Lao Americans and their friends and families interested in the speculative arts, whether it’s science fiction, fantasy, horror or other artistic genres engaging the Lao imagination and heritage.
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