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 in development with the web series Return to Sender, after winning the Pitcher Perfect competition through Screen Australia. She is 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 on 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 is the Vice President of New Media on the ADG Board.
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 the experience of Diversity Workers in the Australian screen industry.
Pearl won the Arts and Culture category of the 40 Under 40 Influential Asian Australians in 2020 and 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.