Founded in 2004 by Sung Rno in connection with the TCG/NEA residency program, the Ma-Yi Writers Lab is the largest resident company of Asian American playwrights in the country. The Lab is a professional peer-based workshop in permanent residence at Ma-Yi, designed to nurture and showcase Asian-American playwrights across the country.

The Lab is a community resource, braintrust, and safe home for artistic growth for its members. The supportive space of the Lab empowers writers with resources to experiment, to take risks, and to refine work in progress, regardless of whether or not the work has outside support. The Lab is also one of Ma-Yi’s primary resources for production material, with many works developed in the lab receiving productions both within and outside of Ma-Yi Theater Company.


Application process for the next class of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab will be announced in early summer 2024. Please check this site for more information.

A National Presence

Writers Lab Production and Honors

Sam Chanse | The Lark | Venturous Playwright Fellowship
Dustin Chinn | Ars Nova | Member, PlayGroup
Mia Chung | Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting
Clarence Coo | 2017 Whiting Awards
Hansol Jung | Eugene O’Neill Theater Center | 2019 Summer Season for Musical Theater
Mrinalini Kamath | Queens Council on the Arts|Grant, Everyone’s Got Something to Lose
Kimber Lee | Eugene O’Neill Theater Center | 2019 National Playwrights Conference
Mike Lew | Drama League Award Nominee | Outstanding Production of a Play
Mike Lew & Rehana Lew Mirza | Richard Rodgers Award | Bhangin’ It
Qui Nguyen | National Endowment for the Arts | Art Works Grant
Kyoung Park | Dramatist Guild Fellowship
Madhuri Shekar | Jeff Award | Best New Play | Queen at Victory Gardens Theater
Leah Nanako Winkler | The Actor’s Fund and Playwrights Horizons annual Mark O’Donnell Prize
Lauren Yee | Signature Theatre Company | Residency 5
David Zheng | 2018 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship


The development of works of Jesse Jae Hoon as our Resident Artist are made possible with the support of the Tides Foundation’s Creatives Rebuild New York Program. The development of works of Lisa Sanaye Dring as our Playwright in Residence are made possible with the support of the Tow Foundation’s Playwright Residency program.

Government Support

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