Program Faculty

Kalean Ung

Kalean Ung

Kalean Ung is an award-winning actress, singer, and interdisciplinary artist. Her professional work ranges from Shakespeare to experimental theatre and contemporary opera. She has performed at The Kirk Douglas Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, REDCAT, Disney Hall, The Hammer Museum, Highways Performance Space, The Actors’ Gang, and The Getty Villa, among others, collaborating with critically-acclaimed theatre and opera companies including Critical Mass Performance Group, The Industry, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Independent Shakespeare Company, Four Larks Theatre (Ovation Award for The Temptation of St. Antony), and CalArts Center for New Performance.

Recent acting LA credits include: COWBOY ELEKTRA (Molly) with Rogue Artists Ensemble, MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Isabella), THE SNOW GEESE (Viktorya), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Titania), THE TEMPEST (Ariel), RICHARD III (Margaret), OTHELLO (Desdemona), and PERICLES (Marina) with Independent Shakespeare Co., PAUL SAND PRESENTS: KURT WEILL AT THE CUDDLEFISH HOTEL at the Actors’ Gang, THE TEMPTATION OF ST. ANTONY (Queen Sheba) with Four Larks Theatre (Ovation Award winner), PURPLE ELECTRIC PLAY! (The Vital Organ) at Machine Project, TWELFTH NIGHT (Viola) with ISC, PROMETHEUS BOUND with CalArts Center for New Performance / Getty Villa, and the title role of ALCESTIS with Critical Mass Performance Group. Other LA favorites include: CAMINO REAL (Esmeralda) at Theatre @ Boston Court and JOMAMA JONES: RADIATE! (Sweet Peach) at The Kirk Douglas Theatre. Recent opera roles include: TRIP TO THE MOON (Alcofribas) with the LA Phil, GALILEO (Andrea) with The Industry, BOTH EYES OPEN (Catherine) with First Look Sonoma, LIGHT AND POWER (Tesla) with wildUp at the Hammer Museum, and THE MORTAL THOUGHTS OF LADY MACBETH (witch).

Kalean’s voice acting can be heard as the lead in the English version of Denis Do’s award-winning, animated feature about the Cambodian genocide, FUNAN. Other voice acting credits include Netflix’s MONEY HEIST and MARIANNE. Her solo play LETTERS FROM HOME has been developed and performed through residencies at UC San Diego, Independent Shakespeare Company, Cambodia Town Film Festival, CalArts, Willamette University, LA Mission College, Madrid Theatre, and UC Irvine, where she also co-curated a companion exhibit with the Southeast Asian Archival Library. It has received support from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles and MAP Fund.

Kalean teaches the Barrantes Voice System at CalArts. She has also taught at California State University Los Angeles, California State University, Northridge, and the New York Film Academy. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from California Institute of the Arts and her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of California at Santa Cruz.