Alice Tuan
Core Writer
Valencia, CA
Biography

Alice Tuan is the author of Hit, which premiered at Los Angeles Theater Center in May 2014. Her most recent plays concern Americans in Shanghai: Cocks Crow, a business play, as well as Private Rivals, a commission of Yale Rep/Binger Center for New Theater. Tuan is best known for Ajax (por nobody) (Flea Theater, Salvage Vanguard, Melbourne Fringe). It was staged at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival in 2012 and written about in “The Shelf Life of Shock” (The Drama Review, F’13). This play, along with three other Tuan works, are archived in the Billy Rose Collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Other plays include BATCH: An American Bachelor/ette Party Spectacle (Humana Festival), Last of the Suns (Berkeley Rep, Ma-Yi Theater), The Roaring Girle, (Foundry Theater), Ikebana (East West Players/Taper, Too, Dramalogue Award), and Coastline (Serious Play!, Edinburgh Fringe). She performed New Culture for a New Country as a part of En Garde Arts’ Secret History of the Lower East Side, and has performed with Kristina Wong (APACUNT, Guthrie, Theater for New Audience) as well as Rachel Hauck (Sprawl, Actors’ Gang). Ms. Tuan received both the Sherwood Award and the Colbert Award for Excellence as an emerging playwright in 2000. She was also a TCG/Resident Playwright at East West Players. Her 2013 Radar LA Manifesto is posted on the TCG Circle (http://www.tcgcircle.org/2014/02/alice-tuans-2013-radar-la-manifesto/). Three entries from her blog Alice in Shanghailand are adapted as photo-journals in Love of Sun, an online installation where four Chinese artists look at California and four California artists look at China (http://loveofsun.org/).  Ms. Tuan has taught playwriting at The Michener Center, CalArts and East West players. She is currently working on the Two Cities Project with UCLA (Los Angeles) and LAMDA (London). Before she was a playwright, Tuan taught English as a Second Language in China and Los Angeles.