aIMG_0827 ap-150PROFESSIONAL BIO

My plays have been developed and/or produced in New York City: Jackson Heights, 3 AM (Theatre 167), We Play For The Gods (Women’s Project), Refrain (POV Artists), Familium Vulgare (Rising Circle), Musical Chairs (1MPF), Underdogs and Hi-Profile (NY Madness), Adult Beginner Swim (Overturn Theatre Ensemble), Light Sweet Crude (Subjective Theatre Company), 7 Sins in 60 Minutes (AAI), Daughter of Heaven (Theater for the New City), Ginger (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Secret Life of the Office Worker and Yes, Madly (Columbia Stages), The Hiding Place (Theater Masters), Azad Nazem/Free Verse (Manhattan Rep), and Odyssey (Collective Unconscious); in Garden City, NY: Hindsight (Adelphi University); in Baton Rouge, LA: Hindsight (Louisiana State University); in Aspen, CO: The Hiding Place (Aspen Institute); and in Mumbai, India: Daughter of Heaven (Mumbai University). I have presented work at the National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival, the Women Playwrights International Conference, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference. I’m a 2016 recipient of a residency at the MacDowell Colony, and a 2016 recipient of the Visionary Playwrights award/commision from Theater Masters.  I was a 2007 Winner of the Theater Masters MFA Playwright Award, a member of the 2010-2012 Women’s Project Lab, a 2011 resident at Byrdcliffe, a 2012 Puffin Foundation grantee, and a 2013 resident at the Millay Colony. I’m currently a member of New Dramatists. I have taught playwriting to kids via 52nd Street Project, Q Up, and Center for Talented Youth, and to undergraduates and grad students via Columbia University. I hold a BA in English from UCLA, an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University, and a Culinary Diploma from the French Culinary Institute.

PERSONAL BIO

Born in San Francisco and raised in the Los Angeles suburbs, I took piano lessons grudgingly and snuck into movie theaters often. I used to sit on the shag-carpeted floor of my mom’s study at 5:00 AM and scratch out stories in pencil with my brother before we got ready for school. Life events that have influenced me include: my parents’ divorce, the Northridge earthquake, nearly drowning a couple of times, being in a car that flipped upside down, living in New York, and traveling to Cameroon to research a play about girls’ soccer. Artists that have influenced me include: Maria Irene Fornes, Rene Redzepi, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Ang Lee, Sharon Bridgforth, Jean Genet, Stanley Kunitz, Pina Bausch, Trisha Brown, Akira Kurosawa, Abbas Kiarostami, Krysztof Kieslowski, Neil Gaiman, Madeleine L’Engle, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Monty Python. I’ve traveled to a good number of foreign countries; my favorites are Cameroon and Croatia. I speak English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, a little French, and a little Taiwanese. I went to culinary school after I got my MFA so I suppose I speak food, too. Hearing sprinklers and/or crickets fills me with nostalgia. Deep-frying things fills me with joy.