Who Are the Playwrights

Haruna Lee

Resident Playwright

2023 — 2030

Haruna Lee (they/them) is a Taiwanese/Japanese/American theater maker, screenwriter, educator, and community steward whose work is rooted in a liberation-based healing practice. Plays include War Lesbian (Dixon Place 2014), Memory Retrograde (Ars Nova 2017, UTR 2018), plural (love) (WP Pipeline Festival 2022, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab 2019) and Suicide Forest (Ma-Yi Theater & Bushwick Starr 2019, remount 2020), for which they received an Obie Award for Playwriting and Conception and was on the 2020 Kilroys List. Lee has received the Steinberg Playwright Award, the Ollie New Play Award, FCA Grants to Artists Award, a MacDowell Fellowship including the Keith Haring Fellowship, the Map Fund Grant, the New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship, and is a member of the 2019 artEquity cohort. Their writing has been published by 53rd State Press, Theater Magazine, Table Work Press and they’re featured in Fifty Key Figures in Queer US Theatre (Routledge). They’ve collaborated as a writer, performer, and in other myriad roles with artists such as Lynn Nottage, Vanessa German, Aya Ogawa, Ralph Lee, Mac Wellman, César Alvarez, Kate Benson, Minor Theater, Normandy Sherwood, Taylor Mac, Andrea Geyer, David Lang, NAATCO and Anohni—among others. They write for AppleTV+'s Pachinko, HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, and they’ve taught playwriting and devised theater at Brooklyn College, Stanford, NYU, Pace, and York College. harunalee.com