Member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab Since 2010

Sam Chanse is a writer and theater artist based in New York, with roots in California as well. A resident playwright at New Dramatists, her plays and other work include The Other Instinct, Fruiting Bodies, What you are now, Lydia’s Funeral Video, gilgamesh & the mosquito (with Bob Kelly), about that whole dying thing, and Asian American Jesus. She is a Sundance/Ucross Playwright Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, and a member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Ars Nova’s Play Group, and Civilians R&D group. She has also received residencies from Djerassi, Tofte Lake Center, SPACE, and the Lark; commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan, Ma-Yi/the Flea, Second Generation, and Leviathan Lab. Her work has also been developed or produced with The Lark, The Claque, Labyrinth, Yale Institute of Musical Theatre, Ars Nova, and FringeNYC. Her play Fruiting Bodies is included in the Kilroys 2015 List, and her first solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, is published by Kaya Press. She is former artistic director of San Francisco arts nonprofit Kearny Street Workshop, and is currently a writing consultant with Columbia University’s Writing Center, where she has also taught undergraduate writing. She received her MFA in playwriting from Columbia University, and in musical theater writing from NYU. website: www.samchanse.com


Email: schanse[at]gmail.com

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