Ed was a child actor in Hollywood and then grew up to be Technical Director and resident Lighting Designer for the world-renowned Sushi Performance and Visual Arts Theatre in San Diego where he designed for performance artists, Rachel Rosenthal, Laurie Anderson, Holly Hughes and Tim Miller (of the infamous NEA 4), Hirokazu Kosaka and Oguri. He also designed for choreographers Nancy Macaleb, Jean Issacs and Patricia Rincon, along with Kulture Klash and The San Diego Ballet. His most recent design was for Cal Art’s Stephanie Nugent at Highways Performance.
He was First Fly for the Tony award winning La Jolla Playhouse where he mounted Thoroughly Modern Millie, which went on to Broadway to win multiple Tony’s including Best Musical. An award-winning Lighting Designer with over 300 credits to his name. He designed the Pacific Resident’s Theatre award-winning productions of Orpheus Descending and A Delicate Balance. He has produced and Stage Managed over 100 shows including – Always, But Not Forever for Henry Jaglom and Gary Imoff, Mrs. Scrooge and Huck for Diane Namm and Mamafied for Michelle Danner.
His credits as a film producer include, “Katie Q” for Ron Vignone, starring Tanna Frederick, Karen Black and Zack Norman, and “Shuffle” by award-winning director Kurt Kuenne (Dear Zachery) starring TJ Thyne. He is currently in post-production with “Hello Herman” starring Norman Reedus (Boondock Saints, Walking Dead). Music video clients have included: Wyclef Jean Superstar, Aliya You Get Me, Bzz It’s Showtime!!!
Ed has produced for the The Rolling Stones, “A Bigger Bang”, including the performance videos, Rough Justice and Streets of Love.
His commercial clients have included: Acura, Coors Light, Captain Morgan’s Rum, The Rolling Stones, Gateway Computers, Hite Beer, Anheuser-Busch, FX Network, and Tanqueray Gin.
Ed made his Los Angeles theatrical directorial debut with the stage production of Harold Pinter’s A Night Out for the Edgemar Theatre Group in January of 2009.
He is also the Kicking Coach and Media Coordinator for Santa Monica College’s Corsairs Football Team.
The 2010-2011 Season is his fifth with West Of Broadway and he is delighted to be working with his dear friend, the immensely talented, Diane Namm.
Ed Cha is a Native Angeleno and an avid Dodgers fan. Think Blue, Bleed Blue, Go Blue.