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Ma-Yi Theater is participating in the Creative Fellowships Initiative in partnership with School of Drama.



Ma-Yi Theater Company recently enjoyed great critical and popular success with Hansol Jung’s Among The Dead, A. Rey Pamatmat’s House Rules, and Nadita Shenoy’s Washer/Dryer.  The company won the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for its critically-acclaimed production of The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, which recently made its international premiere at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila. Founded in 1989 and now celebrating its 28th season, MA-YI is a Drama Desk and OBIE Award-winning, Off-Broadway not-for-profit organization whose primary mission is to develop and produce new and innovative plays by Asian American writers. Ma-Yi Theater is under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Ralph B. Peña and Executive Director Jorge Z. Ortoll.

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Ma-Yi Theater Company in New York City, a company devoted to cultivating Asian-American voices in the American theatre, send a changing contingent of playwrights from their Writers Lab. Playwrights will participate in 1-week teaching residencies, 2-week developmental residencies, and/or month-long writing residencies. In 2017, UW hosted Kyoung Park and Deepa Purohit for teaching residencies and Dustin Chinn for a one-month writing  and research residency.





Dustin H. Chinn plays include Snowflakes, Or Rare White People and I Am Nakamura. He hails from Seattle’s Rainier Valley where he attended Whitworth Elementary, Washington Middle School and graduated from Garfield High. He got his first taste of professional stage life with the Northwest Asian American Theatre and ReAct. His plays have been developed by the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Vampire Cowboys, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 52nd Street Project and SPACE on Ryder Farm.



Kyoung H. Park was born in Santiago, Chile and is the first Korean playwright from Latin America to be produced and published in the United States. He is author of Sex and Hunger, disOriented, Walkabout Yeolha, Tala, Pillowtalk and many short plays including Mina, which is published in Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas by Duke University Press. Kyoung writes and directs his own work as Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, a peacemaking theater company, based in Brooklyn, New York.

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A graduate of the Writing Seminars program at Johns Hopkins University and the MFA program in playwriting at the New School for Drama, Mrinalini Kamath was featured at Stage Left Theatre in Chicago as the Downstage Left resident playwright and a LeapFEST workshop participant with The New Deal, her play about a partnership formed by prison corporations and big pharma, which received an honorable mention on the 2016 Kilroys List. 

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Deepa Purohit has been a member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab since September 2014.  She is the co-founder of Rising Circle Theater Collective a theater company dedicated to developing and producing the unheard stories of people of color on the American stage.  As Artistic Director of Rising Circle, for 12 years, Deepa oversaw the development of over 20 plays by writers of color. 



Nandita Shenoy is a New York-based actor-playwright who enjoys hearing an audience laugh.  Recently, her play Satisfaction completed a developmental run at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Her play, Washer/Dryer played Off-Broadway in New York produced by Ma-Yi Theater Company where she also played the leading role of Sonya. 

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