We’re beyond excited to welcome playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig and dramatist/dramaturg Mei Ann Teo to U.C. Berkeley for GO ON LIVING on Tuesday. Read more about them below:
Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play Lidless received the Yale Drama Series Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Keene Prize for Literature, and the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. In 2011 she was awarded the Wasserstein Prize by the Educational Foundation of America for her most recent work, The World of Extreme Happiness, which can be seen in London this fall at the National Theatre. Her plays have been produced by the Goodman Theatre, Trafalgar Studios 2 on the West End, Page 73 Productions in New York, Interact Theatre in Philadelphia, Borderlands Theatre in Tucson, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in West Virginia. She has received commissions from South Coast Repertory, Seattle Repertory and the Goodman Theatre. Frances received an MFA in Writing from the James A. Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, a BA in Sociology from Brown University, and a certificate in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
Mei Ann Teo’s Caucasian Chalk Circle is an official selection at the Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival in October 2013 and her Lyrics from Lockdown toured for four years before a run this January at the National Black Theatre. She has worked with The Public Theater, Berkeley Rep, Urban Stages, Theatre of Yugen, Crowded Fire, Cutting Ball, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Her professional work has toured around the U.S. and international festivals including Belgium’s Festival de Liege, Edinburgh International Fringe, INFANT Experimental Theatre Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, Edmonton Fringe Festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival. She is an MFA candidate at Columbia.