Residency 5 Playwright
Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco. She currently lives in New York City. Her play Cambodian Rock Band, with music by Dengue Fever, premiered at South Coast Rep and is at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this season, followed by La Jolla Playhouse and Victory Gardens. Her play The Great Leap has been produced at the Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, and the Guthrie. Her play The Song Of Summer premiered at Trinity Rep in their 2019 season. She was a Dramatists Guild fellow, a MacDowell fellow, a MAP Fund grantee, a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, the Shank playwright-in-residence at Second Stage Theatre, a Playwrights’ Center Core Writer, and the Page One resident playwright at Playwrights Realm. She is the winner of the Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize, and the Francesca Primus Prize. She has been a finalist for the Edward M. Kennedy Prize, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the ATCA/Steinberg Award, the Jerome Fellowship, the PONY Fellowship, the Princess Grace Award, the Sundance Theatre Lab, and the Wasserstein Prize. Her work is published by Samuel French. Her plays were the #1 and #2 plays on the 2017 Kilroys List.
“Playwriting is by necessity a lonely endeavor. One that has us chasing the next reading or workshop or production every year all the time. Our reward is other people and the chance to make something with them. That's why this residency at Signature is such a gift. It's an opportunity to breathe. To consider my work not just in terms of the next year or the next play, but my career as a whole. I've had the good fortune to work at many wonderful theaters across the country and build connections in those communities. But New York City is my home and I am so thrilled to be home in so many senses of the word at Signature.”
- Lauren Yee