Dustin H. Chinn awarded Berkeley Rep Summer Residency

Dustin Chinn HeadshotMa-Yi Writers Lab Member, Dustin H Chinn has been awarded a summer playwright residency at Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep in June of this year.

He will be concentrating on his work, Colonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious, a “meditation on ownership and authorship in modern food culture. It’s a triptych that spans the evolution of Vietnamese noodles, which are indisputably better on the West Coast than in New York”.

Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep Lab gives residents the opportunity to bring a specific work where they can present and interact with other artists, staff, board to help them identify where the project is in its development path, and to move it to the next stage, whatever that stage may be. According to past residents, the residency encourages works in the early development and the flexibility and self determination of schedule. Collaborators are often invited to attend as well,  making this lab unique and, to some, revolutionary.

A native of Seattle, in 2015, Dustin 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. more

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