Hansel Tan

  • MFA Student

Hansel Tan is an MFA Performance Pedagogy candidate in the Theatre and Performance Studies program. Originally from Singapore, Hansel earned his bachelor's at Wesleyan University researching issues in late Medieval Musicology before establishing a career as an actor in NYC and the regional circuit. 

Favorite projects/collaborations -- NYC: The Public Theatre, Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher), The Cell, Prospect, The Flea, American Opera Project, Pan Asian, Ma-Yi, National Asian Artists Project, Hudson Stage, Wakka Wakka, Urban Stages, Red Fern, Tectonic, NAMT, NYMF. REGIONAL/INT'L: Geva (NY), Theatre Raleigh (NC), The Village (WA), Quantum (PA), Theatreworks Silicon Valley (CA), Pioneer (UT), O'Neill Theater Center (CT), North Shore Music Theatre (MA), Flat Rock Playhouse (NC), Harbor Lights (NY), Token Theatre (IL), San Francisco Fringe (CA), Figurteatret i Nordland (NO), Aichi World Exposition (JP), Maple Giant (UK), Wild Rice Theatre (SG), Singapore Repertory Theatre (SG), BUDS (SG), Spell#7 (SG), The Stage Club (SG), Method Productions (SG). TV/FILM/WEB: "Madam Secretary" (CBS), "The Blacklist: Redemption" (NBC), "Complete Unknown" (Amazon), "The Service" (Short), "In Game: The Web Series" (ManPowered Films). An occasional vocalist, he has appeared in venues such as Symphony Space, 54 Below, Green Room 42, The Cutting Room, The Duplex, Laurie Beechman, and Signature Theatre. Awards/Nominations: Outstanding Principal Male Actor Nominee (2017 Theatre Bay Area Awards), Best Lead Actor in a Musical Nominee (2017 Broadway World Regional Awards), Best Actor Award (2013 Sound Bytes Festival, NYC).

Besides performing, Hansel has conducted workshops at Yale-NUS, the Haque Center of Acting and Creativity (SG), and Sightlines Actors Studio (PH), and is a Designated Teacher with The Meisner Institute. He is motivated to investigate extended notions of theatricality, vitality, and the kinesthetic imagination through experimental and experiential pedagogies at Pitt. Proud member of Actor's Equity Association & Screen Actors Guild.

Education & Training

  • Uta Hagen Teacher’s Lab, HB Studio, 2022
  • Designated Meisner Teacher, The Meisner Institute, 2021
  • BA, Wesleyan University, 201