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SAMANTHA CHANSE received her MFA in playwriting from Columbia University, and recently received a fellowship to study musical theater writing at Tisch. A member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, she was a participating playwright in 2g’s Jumpstart Commissions this summer, and is happy to be returning to Instant Vaudeville.
CLARENCE COO is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, a resident playwright at New Dramatists, and a 2012-2013 Dramatists Guild Fellow. His play Beautiful Province is the winner of the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize. He received his MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University and is currently the program administrator of Columbia’s MFA Writing Program.
DEEN: A first-generation South Asian American playwright and performer, Deen is a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. His first full-length play, Shut-Up!, won him the Dennis Johnston Playwriting Prize and the James Baldwin Award. He self-produced his next play, Where Children Play: the Story of Tank and Horse, at the Berkshire Fringe Festival to rave audience reviews. His latest play, Draw the Circle, had its World Premiere at InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia in April 2012 (after staged readings at the Public Theater, Dixon Place, Berksire Fringe, NYTW at Dartmouth, Passage Theatre, and Queens Theatre in the Park). He is currently working on a play about the Sikh massacres in India in 1984.
MRINALINI KAMATH‘s plays have been performed in the US, India, the United Kingdom and Australia. Several appear in various Smith and Kraus anthologies and on She is a member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers’ Lab and teaches Write a Ten-Minute Play through Thanks to 2G for this opportunity.
JON KERN’s plays include Modern Terrorism, or They Who Want to Kill Us and How We Learn to Love Them, which recently premiered at Second Stage Theatre, and We in Silence Hear a Whisper (Red Fern Theatre Co.). Member: Ars Nova Play Group and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Alumnus: EST/Youngblood. Awards: 2010-2011 Van Lier Fellowship in Playwriting from New Dramatists, 2012 Laurents/Hatcher Prize. University of Chicago (BA), Columbia University (MFA). Currently, he writes on “The Simpsons.”
SOOMI KIM is an actor/movement artist. Original performances include: Lee/gendary (winner of the 2009 NYITA for Outstanding Play) and Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky (based on Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha; NAATF L.A., and Women Center Stage Festival NYC). Upcoming: Chang(e) in development through HERE Arts Residence Program. All three are directed by Suzi Takahashi.
KRISTINE HARUNA LEE is an interdisciplinary artist practicing writing, directing, and performance while living in Brooklyn, NY. She has performed nationally and internationally since 2007. Recently, she presented her newest musical War Lesbian at Prelude 2012. Recipient of New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship. M.F.A Brooklyn College for playwriting.
Edgar Mendoza EDGAR MENDOZA was awarded the Kennedy Center’s inaugural Paul Stephen Lim Asian-American Playwriting Award for his play, Broken Spoke. He recently received a 2g Jumpstart Commission and is an alumnus of the Dramatists Guild Fellows program. Edgar is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. M.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University.
SUSAN SOON HE STANTON: Plays include Takarazuka!!!, Cygnus, Furball, the things are against us, Murdo, The Underneath, The Art of Preservation, and more. Her work has been produced or developed at Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, SoHo Rep, The Flea, Kumu Kahua, Honolulu Theater for Youth, Kennedy Center, InkWell, Rising Circle, 2G, Southern Rep, Yale Cabaret and others. She is a member of The Public’s Emerging Writer’s Group and MaYi Playwrights Lab. Awards include Van Lier Fellowship at the Lark and a Sloan Foundation feature film development grant. MFA: Yale Playwriting. From Honolulu, Susan lives in New York City.
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