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

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

Early life and education

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]

Career

Yee is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab[5] and a Playwrights’ Center Core Writer and has worked under commission from the Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center, and Mixed Blood.[6]

Personal life

Yee met an attorney named Zachary Zwillinger at Yale. The couple later married at San Francisco in September 2012.[7]

Plays

Awards and honors

The awards/honors are in reverse chronological order.

2019

2018

  • Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play for Cambodian Rock Band.[24]
  • Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist for The Great Leap[25]
  • Princeton University MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellows for the 2018–2019 academic year.[26]

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[30]
  • 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)[31]
  • 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)[32]
  • 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)[33]

References

  1. ^ "博客來-回望彼岸:亞美劇場研究在台灣". Books.com.tw (in Chinese (Taiwan)). Archived from the original on April 15, 2022. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  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
  5. ^ "Lauren Yee Biography" Archived 2018-01-30 at the Wayback Machine ma-yitheatre.org, retrieved January 30, 2018
  6. ^ Lauren Yee Archived 2016-05-23 at the Wayback Machine AO International, retrieved May 09, 2016
  7. ^ "Lauren Yee, Zachary Zwillinger" Archived 2018-01-30 at the Wayback Machine The New York Times, September 23, 2012
  8. ^ Papatola, Dominic P. "Theater review: ‘The Tiger Among Us’ is a sturdy creature" Archived 2018-01-31 at the Wayback Machine twincities.com, January 27, 2013
  9. ^ Brantley, Ben (2013-09-06). "A Cabinet of Curiosities". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-05-23.
  10. ^ Jones, Chris. "Review: 'Samsara' at Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre" Archived 2018-01-30 at the Wayback Machine Chicago Tribune, February 15, 2015
  11. ^ Hurwitt, Robert. "Lauren Yee finds the drama 'In a Word’" Archived 2018-01-30 at the Wayback Machine sfgate.com, April 7, 2015
  12. ^ Hurwitt, Robert. "Lauren Yee’s slasher satire is razor-sharp" Archived 2018-01-31 at the Wayback Machine sfgate.com, May 11, 2015
  13. ^ Malitz, Nancy. "At Goodman’s New Stages Festival, playwrights count on sharpening assist from the audience" Archived 2018-01-31 at the Wayback Machine chicagoontheaisle.com, November 12, 2015
  14. ^ The Great Leap Archived 2018-01-30 at the Wayback Machine broadwayworld.com, retrieved January 30, 2018
  15. ^ Gray, Margaret. "Joy, heartbreak and psychedelic surf rock power a fierce, funny 'Cambodian Rock Band'" Archived 2019-12-05 at the Wayback Machine Los Angeles Times, March 16, 2018
  16. ^ The Song of Summer Archived 2019-03-28 at the Wayback Machine broadwayworld.com, retrieved March 27, 2019
  17. ^ "Young Americans". Portland Center Stage. Archived from the original on November 17, 2022. Retrieved November 16, 2022.
  18. ^ "Young Americans". Pittsburgh Public Theater. Archived from the original on November 17, 2022. Retrieved November 16, 2022.
  19. ^ "Playwright Lauren Yee has won over $400,000 in literary prizes in 2019". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on 2019-10-29. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  20. ^ Clement, Olivia. "Jackie Sibblies Drury and Lauren Yee Are Winners of Steinberg Playwright Awards" Archived 2019-12-12 at the Wayback Machine Playbill, October 9, 2019
  21. ^ "Lauren Yee Wins Steinberg ATCA Award for Cambodian Rock Band" Archived 2020-01-24 at the Wayback Machine americantheatrecritics.org, April 6, 2019
  22. ^ Clement, Olivia. "Michael R. Jackson and Lauren Yee Named 2019 Whiting Award Winners" Archived 2020-12-04 at the Wayback Machine playbill, March 26, 2019
  23. ^ Clement, Olivia. "Signature Theatre Welcomes 5 New Residents" Archived 2020-10-30 at the Wayback Machine playbill, March 28, 2019
  24. ^ Libbey, Peter (2018-09-04). "Lauren Yee and Jaclyn Backhaus Win Horton Foote Prize for Plays". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2019-11-01. Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  25. ^ Clement, Olivia. "Aleshea Harris’ 'Is God Is', Lauren Yee’s 'The Great Leap', and More Named Finalists for Susan Smith Blackburn Prize" Archived 2018-01-30 at the Wayback Machine Playbill, January 29, 2018
  26. ^ "Fellowships are awarded to Martyna Majok, Mario Moore, Okwui Okpokwasili, Jacob Shores-Argüello, and Lauren Yee" Archived 2018-03-15 at the Wayback Machine princeton.edu, December 14, 2017
  27. ^ Brueckner, Laura. "Theatre Bay Area Announces Glickman Award Winner Lauren Yee for 'In a Word' at SF Playhouse" Archived 2018-01-31 at the Wayback Machine theatrebayarea.org, February 8, 2016
  28. ^ "Women’s Invitational 2016 Winners" Archived 2018-01-31 at the Wayback Machine ashlandnewplays.org, retrieved January 30, 2018
  29. ^ "Lauren Yee Wins $10000 Francesca Primus Prize for 2016" Archived 2018-01-31 at the Wayback Machine americantheatrecritics.org, March 15, 2017
  30. ^ "Meet Lauren Yee, our 2015 resident playwright" Archived 2018-01-31 at the Wayback Machine chancetheater.com, February 25, 2015
  31. ^ "2013 National Playwrights Conference" Archived 2016-05-12 at the Wayback Machine theoneill.org, retrieved January 30, 2018
  32. ^ "The Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting" Archived 2019-06-10 at the Wayback Machine kennedy-center.org, retrieved January 30, 2018
  33. ^ "Lauren Yee". Playwrights' Center. Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
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