about

Dustin H. Chinn cut his first professional chops with the Northwest Asian American Theater in his native Seattle and eventually made the transition into sketch comedy. He was a member of the Peeling
performance collective. Dustin has studied longform improvisation at the Peoples Improv Theater and Magnet Theater. He’s written and performed with the 52nd Street Project, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Second Generation Productions and Vampire Cowboys’ Saloon Series. In 2015 he was awarded a commission from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project to write about Herschel, an infamous sea lion who terrorized the waters of Seattle’s Ballard Locks in the mid ‘80s.
Full-length plays include SNOWFLAKES, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA, SHARKSUCKER, ASIAN WOMEN IN SPACE and I AM NAKAMURA.

Twitter: @madletters

CONTACT

email: dustin.chinn@gmail.com

plays

I AM NAKAMURA

Full-length Comedy
2M 2W

Edgar Davis is the toast of the publishing world after the debut of his groundbreakingmemoir. But when he stumbles upon a Tokyo jazz bar owner with novel ambitions of hisown, an awful manuscript leads to an unlikely new literary star.

Production/Development History:
Ma-Yi Labfest, June 2012

ASIAN WOMEN IN SPACE

Full-length Comed
5W

It’s the 24th century and the United Earth Space Federation is looking for a few good Asian ladies. Will Nausicaa Lee and her fellow wayfarers be enough to stop humanity’s greatest and most perverted threat?

Production/Development History:
Ma-Yi Labfest, July 2011

LET’S NINJA SCIENCE RANGER TEAM GET!

Serial Comedy
Various, between 6M 1W and 3M 6W

Production/Development History:
Vampire Cowboys, Sept. 2009 – January 2010

Press:
“Dustin Chinn’s “Let’s Ninja Science Ranger Team Get!” intercepts infinite-chapter Japanese monster & robot kids’ shows in a seamfull spectacular of un-slick production that feels like the fourth-tier local staging of some skating cartoon-character revue; it stinks on ice, and means every giant, marvelous mistake.” – ComicCritique.com

SHARKSUCKER

Full-length Drama (with comedic elements)
4M 2F

Will and Lio have a comedy team that you’ve never heard of, though not for lack of trying. When the city’s big festival approaches, the group’s egos and questionable tastes threaten to make this show their last … as well as their funniest.A love letter to sketch with a side of platonic failure.

Production/Development History:
2g In the Works, (June 2010),
Ma-Yi Labfest (October 2009)

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA

Full-length Comedy
7M 4W

After an earthquake levels San Francisco, a clandestine organization sends the Bay Area’s Asian Americans north of the Canadian border. When the newly minted refugee government declares independence, all stupidity breaks loose.

Production/Development History:
2g Readings Oct. 2008, June 2009

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