I AM THEATRE: Young Jean Lee

February 11, 2012

Young Jean Lee

Writer/Director, Young Jean Lee's Theater Company

Young Jean Lee has been called “a rising star” by the New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York. She has written and directed eight shows in New York with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company and toured her work to over twenty cities around the world. Her plays have been published by Theatre Communications Group (Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Other Plays, The Shipment and Lear) and by Samuel French (Three Plays by Young Jean Lee). She is currently under commission from Plan B/Paramount Pictures, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is a member of New Dramatists and 13P and has an MFA from Mac Wellman's playwriting program at Brooklyn College. She is the recipient of a 2005 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Individual Artist Grant, a 2007 Emerging Playwright OBIE Award, the 2007 Festival Prize of the Zuercher Theater Spektakel, a 2009 Creative Capital Grant, a 2010 Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. Young Jean is originally from Pullman, Washington.

Young Jean Lee is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.

About The Project:

I AM THEATRE captures pivotal moments in the lives of theatre-makers in an online video series. Beginning on July 14, 2011 and continuing each week for the next 50 weeks, this project will raise awareness for the theatre field and champion the diverse group of people who are creating, supporting, and engaging with theatre. But 50 videos can not tell the whole story. YOU ARE THEATRE: You are stage managers, artistic and executive directors, playwrights, production managers, actors, designers, fundraising and communications staff, education leaders, funders, audience members and more. WE ARE THEATRE: Today, not-for-profit professional theatres in the U.S. employ 130,000 people annually, inspire more than 30 million attendees and contribute $2 billion directly to the U.S. economy. What if thousands of theatre artists across the world posted their own video testimonies of why they do what they do and why theatre matters? How might that transform communities' awareness of our work?

Click here to learn how to participate and submit your very own video to the project.

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TCG has graciously allowed New Dramatists to re-post videos related to our current resident playwrights, alumni and family of collaborators.

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