Pearl Tan is the founder and director of Pearly Productions, a filmmaking boutique with a focus on diverse stories. Through Pearly Productions, she has created the YouTube series Minority Box, directed feature film The Casting Game, and directed / produced several short films and online content. She is currently the Senior Lecturer in Directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) overseeing the Directing stream in the undergraduate program.
Pearl has extensive experience in advocacy and governance. She was Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Equity Diversity Committee within the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) and held positions on the MEAA Board and the National Performers Committee (NPC) for Actors Equity. She has been in the AFTRS Council, on the Screen Australia Gender Matters Taskforce, and was NSW Chapter Head for the Australian Directors Guild (ADG). Currently, she sits on the board of Critical Stages Touring and the ADG.
Pearl holds a Master of Commerce (Strategy, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship), which she completed on a Business Leader Postgraduate Scholarship from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Communications (Media Studies) from Edith Cowan University. She also graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Acting). Pearl is currently completing her PhD in Creative Practice at the University of NSW, where her research focus is on intersectionality in screen culture and production.
Pearl was named a Woman of Influence by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac in 2016. She was featured in the book 200 Women, which showcased influential women from around the world, and delivered a TEDx talk entitled Reimagining Diversity.