Lauren Yee
Affiliated Writer
New York, NY

Lauren Yee's play KING OF THE YEES will premiere at the Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group in 2017. Other plays include CHING CHONG CHINAMAN (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts, SIS Productions, Impact Theatre), CREVICE (Impact), THE HATMAKER'S WIFE (Playwrights Realm, The Hub, Moxie Theatre, AlterTheater, PlayPenn), HOOKMAN (Encore Theatre, Company One), IN A WORD (SF Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, Strawdog, The Hub), SAMSARA (Victory Gardens, Chance Theatre, O'Neill Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival), and THE TIGER AMONG US (MAP Fund, Mu). Her work has also been developed at Lincoln Center/LCT3, The Public Theatre, Second Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Center Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kitchen Dog, the Magic Theatre, and others. Former Dramatists Guild fellow, MacDowell Colony fellow, Public Theater Emerging Writers Group member, Women's Project Lab playwright, Second Stage Shank playwright-in-residence, and Playwrights Realm Page One resident playwright. Her play SAMSARA has been a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. Her play THE HATMAKER'S WIFE was an Outer Critics Circle nominee for the John Gassner Award for best play by a new American playwright. She is currently a member of the Ma-Yi Writers' Lab and a Playwrights' Center Core Writer. Lauren is also under commission from the Denver Center, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Rep, and Trinity Rep. BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD.

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Affiliated Writer Lauren Yee is one of ten winners of the 2019 Whiting Award. The Whiting Foundation gives $50,000 each to ten diverse emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.

Lauren Yee's play "The Great Leap" will be presented March 6–31, 2019 as part of the American Conservatory Theatre's 2018/19 season. More info at

Lauren Yee's The Great Leap will run from April 25th to May 19th at The Arts Club Theatre Company. 

Affiliated writer Lauren Yee's play King of the Yees is a 2018 finalist for the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. The author of the winning work will receive a prize of $100,000. Read more here.

Core Writer Lauren Yee won the National Arts Club's 2017 Kesselring Prize, an award for emerging playwrights. She will receive a two-week residency at the club, as well as a $25,000 cash prize.