Sandra Tsing Loh

SANDRA TSING LOH is a writer/performer whose solo theatre shows include "Aliens in America" and "Bad Sex With Bud Kemp" (both off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre), "Sugar Plum Fairy" (Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre), "I Worry" (Woolly Mammoth at the Kennedy Center, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville) and “The Bitch Is Back” (Broad Stage).  Her bestselling New York Times Notable book MOTHER ON FIRE was inspired by her hit solo show in 2005, during which Variety named her one of America’s 50 most influential comedians.  Her memoir THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO: MY YEAR OF RAGING HORMONES was selected as one of 2014’s New York Times’ 100 Notable Books, and was inspired by her Best American Essay 2012 in the Atlantic Monthly, for which she is a contributing editor.  After development workshops with Sundance Theatre Lab and the Ojai Playwrights’ Conference, the dramatic adaptation of MADWOMAN received its world premiere at South Coast Repertory in January of 2016, breaking all previous box office records at the Julianna Argyros Theatre, ran at the Pasadena Playhouse in June, and at Berkeley Repertory Theatre 2016 into 2017.  The book has since been optioned by Paramount Television.  Her newest adaptation of “Sugar Plum Fairy” will premiere at South Coast Repertory in December, 2017.  Loh has been a regular commentator on NPR’s "Morning Edition," and on PRI’s "This American Life" and “Marketplace”; her weekly segment "The Loh Life"" is heard on KPCC, and syndicated radio minute "The Loh Down on Science” is heard weekly by 4 million people over 150 public radio stations.  In addition to teaching drama at the University of California, Irvine, she also teaches Science Communication Skills to graduate science students.  She is delighted to be part of the Department of Drama’s esteemed faculty.


Associate Adjunct Professor
B.S., California Institute of Technology