Pearl Tan

screen acting & film making



Pearl Tan is the director of Pearly Productions, creating independent films and producing videos for businesses and arts organisations. Her work focuses on diversity, with 10% of profits pledged to diversity in the arts. She has founded the Independent Theatre Diversity Fund, created the YouTube series ‘Minority Box’, is Co-Chair of the Equity Diversity Committee and sits on the National Performers Committee for Actors Equity. She graduated from the NIDA Acting course in 2005. Originally from Western Australia, she also holds a Communications degree majoring in Media Studies from Edith Cowan University.

In 2013 she received a Business Leader Postgraduate Scholarship from the University of Sydney to undertake a Master of Commerce, specialising in Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In 2015 she received the Rural and Regional Enterprise scholarship to develop a business plan for the Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre, Fitzroy Crossing, WA.

In 2009 she received a Mike Walsh Fellowship to attend the New York Film Academy. She teaches filmmaking and screen acting at NIDA, the Actors Centre Australia and the International Screen Academy, and has worked behind the scenes for Channel 7, Channel 9, Network 10, Perth’s 96fm and Faith Martin Casting. Her credits as an actor include Motel (Sydney Theatre Company/Wharf 2Loud), Love’s Triumph (Darlinghurst Theatre) feature films Home Song Stories, Sleeping Beauty and for television Channel 9’s Sea Patrol and ABC’s Nowhere Boys. Follow @PearlyProductns on twitter or visit for more information.