East Asian

Alvin Eng

Representative Plays:

Three Trees (2012)

About the Playwright:

Alvin Eng is a native NYC playwright, performer, memoirist and educator. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Speech, Communications, and Theatre Arts at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor in the Theatre Department of Goucher College and was also a Visiting Professor of Playwriting with the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College and the MFA Creative Writing Program at St. Francis College...

Christopher Chen

Representative Plays:

Caught (2017)

Bio:

Christopher Chen is an international award-winning playwright whose works have been produced across the United States and abroad. His play CAUGHT was a New York Times Critics' Pick, and enjoyed a sold out run at The Play Company. Honors include the 2017 Lanford Wilson Award (co-winner); the 2015-2016 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Foundation Fellowship for theater; the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, through which he was 2013-2014 playwright-in-residence at Vineyard Theatre...

Ming Peiffer

Representative Plays:

Usual Girls (2016)

Bio:

Ming Peiffer is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter from Columbus, Ohio and the first Asian woman to be nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Play in its history. Her play USUAL GIRLS (3 Drama Desk Nominations including Outstanding Play, John Gassner Award Nomination, Hull Warriner Award Finalist, Relentless Award Honorable Mention, New York Times Critic’s Pick) enjoyed a double-extended, sold out run at Roundabout Underground in NYC in 2018. Her work has been developed and...

Chay Yew

Representative Plays:

Wonderland (1999)
A Language of Their Own (1995)
Porcelain (1992)

Bio:

As a playwright, Chay Yew's plays include Porcelain, A Language of Their Own, Red, Wonderland, Question 27 Question 28, A Distant Shore, 17, and Visible Cities. His other work includes adaptations, A Winter People (based on Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard) and Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, a musical Long Season and other theatre works, Vivien and...

Hiroshi Kashiwagi

Representative Plays:

Kisa Gotami, A Buddhist Parable (1955)
Laughter and False Teeth (1953)
The Plums Can Wait (1949)

Bio:

Born in Sacramento in 1922, writer and actor Hiroshi Kashiwagi spent his early years in Loomis, California. He was incarcerated at Tule Lake Segregation Center during World War II where he was defined as a “disloyal” for refusing to answer the loyalty questions. He renounced his U.S. citizenship and later worked with the Tule Lake Defense Committee and Wayne M. Collins to restore his citizenship...

Hansol Jung

Representative Plays:

Among the Dead (2017)
No More Sad Things (2017)
Cardboard Piano (2016)

Bio:

Hansol Jung was born in the Republic of Korea. She moved to South Africa and lived there for about 6 years in her early childhood. She fell in love with theater when she was an exchange student at New York University. Jung translated over thirty English musicals into Korean, and worked as translator, lyricist and assistant director in Korea. With her English literature background, she came back to the United...

Frank Chin

Representative Plays:

The Year of the Dragon (1974)
The Chickencoop Chinaman (1972)

Bio:

Frank Chin was born in Berkeley, California and attended the University of California, Berkeley. He received an American Book Award in 1989 for a collection of short stories, The Chinaman Pacific and Frisco R.R. Co., and another in 2000 for Lifetime Achievement. He currently resides in Los Angeles. Chin is considered to be one of the pioneers in Asian American theatre. He founded the Asian American Theatre Workshop, which...

Dustin Chinn

Representative Plays:

Snowflakes, or Rare White People (2019)

Bio:

Native Seattleite, long-term Manhattanite. Collector of first/second-hand ghost stories. PADI-certified diver. Campfire enthusiast. Will brake for terrible hometown sports teams.

His plays have been developed with the Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep Summer Residency Lab, A.C.T.’s New Strands Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the University of Washington via a Mellon Creative Fellowship, Ensemble Studio Theatre, SPACE on Ryder...

David Henry Hwang

Representative Plays:

Yellow Face (2008)
Golden Child (1998)
M Butterfly (1988)

Bio:

David Henry Hwang’s stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, and a two-time...

Michelle Law

Representative Plays:

Single Asian Female (2017)

Bio:

Michelle Law is a writer working across print, screen and stage. She is the co-author of the comedy book Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, and has had her work anthologised in books like Women of Letters and Best Australian Comedy Writing. She is a regular contributor to Australian literary journals and magazines, and has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Life, Frankie magazine and the Griffith Review. As a screenwriter, she’s received an AWGIE award for her interactive media...