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Teresa Cheng

Chair, John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts
Visiting Professor

Affiliated Divisions:

John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts

Email: tcheng@cinema.usc.edu

With more than 30 years of animation and visual effects production experience, Teresa Cheng has played key roles as a studio executive and a producer. Cheng most recently served as the general manager of Lucasfilm Singapore and previously oversaw production for the joint venture between DreamWorks Animation in the U.S. and the newly established Oriental DreamWorks in Shanghai as Senior Production Executive.

Cheng’s feature film credits include Shrek Forever After, Madagascar, Batman & Robin and True Lies.  During her 17-year tenure at DreamWorks, Cheng traveled extensively to evaluate CG studios in Shanghai, Nanjing, Taipei, Seoul, Mumbai, Bangalore, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto – culminating in the company’s expansion in China and India in the last few years.

In the visual effects community, Cheng has worked as both a client (Warner Brothers Studio) and a vendor (Rhythm & Hues) and is no stranger to startups (Digital Domain).

A native of Hong Kong, Cheng moved to Seattle where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Washington.

Cheng has also lived in Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Yokohama.  Her interest in scuba diving has led to underwater excursions in Palau, Solomon Islands, Truk Lagoon, Belize, Curacao and Cayman Islands.  She is an avid student of Brazilian percussion and recently started playing the ukulele.