Qui Nguyen

Qui Nguyen is an American playwright, television writer, and screenwriter.[1]

Qui Nguyen
BornEl Dorado, Arkansas, U.S.
OccupationPlaywright, television writer, screenwriter
NationalityUnited States


He is an artistic director of the Obie Award[2] and Caffe Cino Award[3] winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company, whose productions, penned and choreographed by Nguyen, have performed to sold-out audiences at the New York International Fringe Festival, been published nationally in Plays and Playwrights 2005,[4] enjoyed extended runs throughout the nation, and have been nominated[5][6] for and received awards[7] in movement and fight direction.

Qui's plays include Vietgone, Soul Samurai, The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, Alice in Slasherland, Fight Girl Battle World, Krunk Fu Battle Battle, She Kills Monsters, Trial By Water, Living Dead in Denmark, Stained Glass Ugly, A Beginner's Guide to Deicide, Men of Steel, Bike Wreck, and Vampire Cowboy Trilogy. He is a member of New Dramatists,[8] Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Playwrights' Center, and the Ma-Yi Theater Company's Writers Lab. He also began writing for Marvel Studios in 2016. His work with the Vampire Cowboys, particularly in the staging of martial arts, has been documented in a dissertation from the Drama Department at Tufts University.[9] In March 2019, he debuted Poor Yella Rednecks, a sequel to Vietgone at the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA. In February 2020, he debuted Revenge Song, a commissioned musical, at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Qui is developing a musical commissioned by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts with songwriter Adam Gwon.[10]

As a screenwriter, Qui has written on AMC's Dispatches from Elsewhere, Netflix's The Society, Syfy's Incorporated, and PBS's Peg + Cat. He is also a screenwriter for Walt Disney Animation Studios' Raya and the Last Dragon along with Adele Lim.[11]


by Broadway Play Publishing Inc.

  • Fight Girl Battle World
  • The Inexplicable Redemption Of Agent G
  • Living Dead In Denmark
  • Men Of Steel
  • Soul Samurai

by Playscripts, Inc.

  • Aliens vs Cheerleaders
  • Alice in Slasherland
  • A Beginner's Guide to Deicide
  • Bike Wreck
  • Trial By Water
  • Vampire Cowboy Trilogy

by Samuel French, Inc.

His work is also included in various anthologies


  1. ^ "What's So Funny? Eight theatre artists who make us laugh (even when we're not supposed to)"; American Theatre Magazine, October 2010. Tcg.org (July 22, 2002). Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  2. ^ The Village Voice Fifty-Sixth Annual Obies 2010 List of Winners. Obies.villagevoice.com (May 17, 2010). Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  3. ^ New York Innovative Theatre Awards 2006 Nominees & Recipients. Nyitawards.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  4. ^ NYTE Small Press Plays and Playwrights 2005. Nytesmallpress.com (October 17, 2010). Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  5. ^ New York Innovative Theatre Awards 2005 IT Awards Nominees and Recipients. Nyitawards.com (July 18, 2005). Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  6. ^ New York Innovative Theatre Awards 2007 IT Awards Nominees and Recipients. Nyitawards.com (September 24, 2007). Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  7. ^ New York Innovative Theatre Awards 2008 IT Award Recipients. Nyitawards.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  8. ^ New Dramatists Plays and Playwrights Catalogue – Qui Nguyen Archived August 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. (PDF) . Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  9. ^ Langsner, Meron (2011). Impossible Bodies in Motion: The Representation of Martial Arts on the American Stage. p. 209.
  10. ^ Handelman, Jay. "Songwriter Adam Gwon samples new work in Hermitage program". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  11. ^ Yang, Rachel (August 27, 2020). "Get a first look at Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon starring Kelly Marie Tran". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 27, 2020.

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