Ma-Yi Writers Lab Members Make their Mark this Season!

Ma-Yi offers heartfelt congratulations to our Writers Lab Members for their numerous accomplishments and recognitions. Ma-Yi offers home base and support to over 40 Asian American playwrights. We are proud to be the primary incubator of new works by Asian American playwrights including: 

Don Nguyen

Don Nguyen‘s play Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth to premiere at The Playwrights Realm Jan/Feb 2018, a comedy about conception and deep-space travel. Don is just returning from a residency with American Conservatory Theater’s New Strands Festival (a partnership with Ma-Yi) where he workshopped and presented a reading of his play, The Man from Saigon.

Board Member and former Ma-Yi Executive Director, Jorge Ortoll with Don Nguyen at A.C.T. /New Strands Festival, San Francisco.

Board Member and former Ma-Yi Executive Director, Jorge Ortoll with Don Nguyen at A.C.T. /New Strands Festival, San Francisco.

Michael Lew


Susan Soon He Stanton


Michael Lew  (Co-Director of Ma-Yi Writers Lab) and Susan Soon He Stanton are the recipients of Lark’s Venturous Playwright’s Fellowships. Michael will develop Teenage Dick, a reimagining of Richard III that follows a junior in high school with cerebral palsy who will do anything to fit in. Michael and his wife, Rehana Lew Mirza are Resident Playwrights of Ma-Yi.

Susan will work on Today Is My Birthday, about a writer whose creativity is unfurled after she moves out of New York City, so she creates an alter-ego for a radio bit.

Lauren Yee

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Lauren Yee‘s Cambodian Rock Band to premiere at South Coast Repertory next season. This world premiere  (March 4-25, 2018) uses the music of real-life rock band Dengue Fever, to tell the story of the fallout from the Khmer Rouge.

Lauren was also a resident of the New Strands Festival in San Francisco recently presenting her play, The Great Leap. Below Lauren is pictured below (right) with Ma-Yi board member and former Executive Director, Jorge Ortoll, and fellow New Strands Festival residents Dustin Chinn and Don Nguyen, and Labbie Dipika Guha.


Hansol Jung

Hansol Jung

Hansol Jung‘s “Wild Goose Dreams” to premiere at La Jolla Playhouse next season, September 5 – October 1, 2017, a play about a North Korean defector who has left her family behind and a lonely South Korean father who start an unlikely online romance as they each attempt to allay their fears and alienation.

Rehana Lew Mirza


Rehana Lew Mirza is an HBO Access semifinalist. One of 30 writers selected to advance to the semi-final round of the 2017  Fellowship, which pairs diverse, emerging storytellers with HBO and CineMax creative executives who shepherd them through the pilot development and production process over a 10-month period.

Clarence Coo


Clarence Coo is one of ten recipients of the 2017 Whiting Awards and a whopping $50,000 cash prize intended to provide writers with the opportunity to develop new work or works in progress on a full time basis.


Jason Kim

Ma-Yi Theater Writers Lab Member Jason Kim

Jason Kim‘s “KPOP”, an immersive new musical, to premiere at Ars NovaMa-Yi Theater Company, and Woodshed Collective in September 2017.



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