Born in 1953 in Chiayi, Taiwan, Sylvia Chang is a renowned actress, screenwriter, director, and producer in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Chang embarked on an acting career in the 1970s and has since appeared in over a hundred films. She earned the Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1976 for Posterity and Perplexity, and the Golden Horse Awards for Best Leading Actress three times for her roles in My Grandfather (1981), Passion (1986), and A Light Never Goes Out (2022). For Passion, she also won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress. As screenwriter, she won the Best Screenplay awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Tempting Heart (1999) and Love Education (2017), both directed and written by herself. She served as production director at Cinema City’s Taiwanese branch, playing key roles during the Taiwan New Cinema era. She also served as the Chairperson of the Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee for four consecutive years (2014–2018). She was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Asian Film Awards 2018 and the Malaysia International Film Festival 2023.
Since 2008, Chang has collaborated with Edward Lam Dance Theatre, taking on the roles as playwright and lead actress in Design for Living. In 2015, she performed with the Taiwan Philharmonic in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a symphonic drama that she restaged with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in April 2023.