Lauren Yee (Chinese: 余秀菊[1][2]) is an American playwright.

Lauren Yee
OccupationPlaywright
EducationYale University (BA)
University of California, San Diego (MFA)
SpouseZachery Zwillinger
Website
laurenyee.com

Early life and educationEdit

Yee was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She graduated from Lowell High School in 2003.[3]

Yee graduated from Yale University in 2007, majoring in English and Theatre Arts. She then attended University of California, San Diego's MFA playwriting program.[4]

Among Yee's biggest influences are her great-grandparents who migrated to America from China during the era when the Chinese Exclusion Act was in effect. To circumnavigate this they would migrate through Mexico across the Southern border to America and up to San Francisco. In addition, her father, Larry, inspired her to write two plays, these being "The Great Leap," and "King of the Yees."[5] Both of these plays draw directly from her Chinese American History.[6]

CareerEdit

Yee is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab [7] and a Playwrights’ Center Core Writer and has worked under commission from the Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center, and Mixed Blood.[8]

In awarding the Whiting Award for 2019, the Selection Committee noted: "Her dialogue feels like overheard speech; even on the page, it asserts its vibrant, specific life...These plays feel ambitious and even monumental. They are also raucously funny, without ever losing sight of nuanced human experience."[9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

Yee married Zachary Zwillinger, an attorney, in September 2012 in San Francisco; the couple met at Yale.[11]

PlaysEdit

  • Ching Chong Chinaman (Berkeley Impact Theatre)
  • Crevice (Impact Theatre)
  • The Tiger Among Us (January - February 2013, Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis) [12]
  • The Hatmakers Wife (developed at PlayPenn New Play Conference in 2011; August 27, 2013 - September 21, 2013, Off-Broadway Playwrights Horizons)[13]
  • Samsara (February 2015 - March 8, Chicago)[14]
  • in a word (April 2015, San Francisco Playhouse)[15]
  • Hookman (May 2015, Encore Theatre Company, San Francisco)[16]
  • King of the Yees (2015, The Goodman Theatre's New Stages Festival)[17]
  • The Great Leap (2018, Off-Broadway)[18]
  • Cambodian Rock Band (2018, South Coast Repertory)[19]
  • The Song of Summer (2019, Trinity Repertory Company)[20]

Awards and honorsEdit

(in reverse chronological order)

2019

2018

  • Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play for Cambodian Rock Band.[26]
  • Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist for The Great Leap[27]
  • Princeton University MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellows for the 2018–2019 academic year.[28]

2017

2016

2015

  • The Kilroys List Top 50 (for King of the Yees and The Tiger Among Us)
  • Susan Smith Blackburn nominee (for in a word)
  • The Chance Theatre playwright-in-residence[32]
  • Theatre Bay Area Award nominee – Outstanding World Premiere Play (for Hookman)

2014

  • Lark Playwrights’ Week playwright (for The Tiger Among Us)
  • Constance Saltonstall Foundation residency Berkeley Rep Ground Floor finalist (for King of the Yees)
  • Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Playwrights runner-up (for The Tiger Among Us)

2013

  • O’Neill Conference playwright (for Samsara)[33]
  • Sundance Theatre Lab finalist (for in a word) Playwrights’ Center Core Writer (2013-2016)
  • Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation grant (with the Goodman Theatre, for King of the Yees)
  • Playwrights Realm Page One resident playwright
  • Second Stage Theatre – Shank playwright-in-residence
  • UCross Foundation residency
  • L. Arnold Weissberger Award nominee (for Samsara)
  • Gerbode Foundation Playwright Commissioning Award (with Encore Theatre Company)

2012

  • Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nominee (for Samsara)
  • Bay Area Playwrights Festival winner (for Samsara)
  • Ma-Yi Writers Lab playwright (2012–present) PEN USA Literary Award for Drama finalist (for A Man, his Wife, and his Hat)
  • Time Warner fellow at the Women's Project Playwrights Lab
  • Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nominee (for Crevice)
  • Kitchen Dog Theatre's New Works Festival winner (for A Man, his Wife, and his Hat)
  • East West Players’ Face of the Future Playwriting Competition third place (for Samsara)
  • Aurora Theatre Global Age Project finalist (for in a word)

2011

  • PlayPenn Conference playwright (for A Man, his Wife, and his Hat)
  • KCACTF's Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award winner (for in a word)
  • KCACTF's Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award winner (for in a word)
  • IICAS Student Research Travel Grant recipient (for Mu Performing Arts commission)

2010

  • MAP Fund grantee (with Mu Performing Arts)
  • Hangar Theater Lab Company playwright-in-residence (for in a word)
  • Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting (for Ching Chong Chinaman)[34]
  • El Gouna Writers’ Residency fellow

2009

  • MacDowell Colony fellow
  • Public Theater Emerging Writers Group member
  • Theatre Bay Area New Works Fund commission (with AlterTheater)
  • Wasserstein Prize finalist PONY Fellowship finalist
  • Jerome Fellowship finalist (selected)
  • American Antiquarian Society – Robert and Charlotte Baron fellow
  • Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers fellow
  • 2008 Princess Grace Award finalist (for Ching Chong Chinaman)
  • Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grantee Dramatists Guild fellow New York Mills Arts Retreat writer-in-residence
  • Edward F. Albee Foundation fellow PlayGround June Anne Baker Prize winner/commission (for Crevice)

2007

  • Kumu Kahua Theatre Pacific Rim Prize winner (for Ching Chong Chinaman)[35]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Ren, Richard (May 4, 2019). ""2019年度全美十大华人杰出青年"榜单公布". All America Chinese Youth Federation (in Simplified Chinese). Archived from the original on April 15, 2022. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Xie, Jocelyn. "Lowell Alumna, First Chinese-American playwright to win Kesselring Prize". The Lowell. Archived from the original on 2020-09-19. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  4. ^ Chen, Teresa. "Lauren Yee: Making the Invisible Visible" Archived 2019-03-27 at the Wayback Machine yaledailynews.com, December 11, 2015
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  6. ^ Janiak, Lily (February 26, 2019). "Lauren Yee reaps theatrical riches from family lore". Datebook. Archived from the original on 2020-09-23. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
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  10. ^ Ortega, Rafael A.; Kelly, Lauren R.; Yee, Melissa K.; Lewis, Keith P. (2006-10-01). "Written in Granite". Anesthesiology. 105 (4): 838–842. doi:10.1097/00000542-200610000-00030. ISSN 0003-3022. PMID 17006083. S2CID 43428879. Archived from the original on 2022-04-15. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
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