On the Couch with Angel Xiao

Angel-Xiao-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Angel Xiao?
Angel Xiao graduated from Monash College and received her acting training at 16th Street Actors’ Studio. With experience in English and Mandarin productions, she has worked with bilingual theatre companies including Do Theatre and One Tree Theatre.

Angel has performed in various contemporary award-winning productions, including The Smile Off Your Face and A Game of You by Ontroerend Goed, as well as traditional theatre roles, such as Lin Shuyan in New Youth, Nell in Endgame, and Jess in A Long Way Down.

Angel has also taken on the lead roles in many award-winning short films, including Swallow and Magpie. She is also a musician, skilled in the piano, Chinese lute, guitar, and percussion. Dedicated to her craft, Angel continues to explore new horizons in the world of acting.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I wish I could go to bed earlier.

Who inspires you and why?
Alfred Adler – I’ve been learning about his ideas recently and it has led to some new thinking about psychology and acting.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Helping at a community legal aid centre or NFP organisations – this is on my 2024 to-do list.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Kyoto, Japan. It is a unique city with many historical sites and traditional culture. You can see people wearing the traditional attire on the street surrounded by cherry blossoms in spring.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I would take them to the Werribee Zoo because I like animals.

What are you currently reading?
The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera.

What are you currently listening to?
Music from Muji BGM playlist. They are calming and soothing.

Happiness is?
Happiness is when you are woken up by the sun and you hear your cat purring next to your pillow.

What does the future hold for you?
Keep acting, enjoy the moment, and live my life to the fullest.

Angel stars as Lisa in Love Letters – which will presented at the Festival Hub: Trades Hall – Old Council Chambers: 11 – 22 October, as part of the 2023 Melbourne Fringe Festival. For more information, visit: www.melbournefringe.com.au for details.

Image: Angel Xiao (supplied)