“We are born to be tragic in our fate
lyric in our feelings,
but comic in our behavior.”
– George Santayana
I was first introduced to writing at 9 years old when I first watched the movie “Harriet the Spy”. I remembered Harriet carrying a composition notebook and writing everything she noticed during her ‘spy’ work. I admit… I was always easily persuaded by what I saw on TV so after watching Harriet, I knew I wanted a composition notebook too. Who knew a cheap composition notebook from Rite-Aid drug store would change my life forever.
Now, at first, I didn’t write much in it. I followed what Harriet did and wrote down what I noticed in my every day surroundings. I wrote what I noticed in my room, my home, my neighborhood, my classroom… it wasn’t much but the act of writing itself stayed with me all through my life.
It wasn’t until college after I took my first solo performance playwriting class at UC Santa Barbara that I knew I wanted to dedicate my life as a writer. Writing helped to unlock experiences in me that had been buried since I was that 9-year-old kid. These are now the themes (whether they be subtle or not) in which I write my stories. These are themes of being poor in a low-income working class family, navigating the world from the lens of an Asian American woman, and no matter how tragic the situation maybe, I can find a way to laugh.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Finalist, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference (Grace and Janette Like White Guys, 2020)
- Diversity Scholarship (Improv Space, 2017)
- The Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award (Kennedy Center, 2015)
- IRAM Scholarship (University of Iowa, 2014)
- Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award (University of Iowa, 2013)
- Iowa Arts Fellowship (University of Iowa, 2012)
- Dorothy & Sherrill C. Corwin Award (U.C. Santa Barbara, 2011)
- Robert Potter Playwriting Award (U.C. Santa Barbara, 2011)
- Spirit Award (U.C. Santa Barbara, 2011)
writing samples available upon request.