Seayoung (SHEE young) is a playwright from Seattle currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Brown University, ’22. She is a 2021 Playwriting Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a playwright for the New Now Commission, curated by Lauren Gunderson. Her last production, Persimmon Nights, enjoyed a sold-out run at Cafe Nordo in July 2018. Her first full-length play, Do It For Umma, was directed by Sara Porkalob, premiering at Annex Theatre in 2016 to sold-out audiences, winning both the People’s Choice Award for Outstanding New Play at Theater Puget Sound’s Gregory Awards and Seattle’s Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Local Playwriting. She co-produced a second production of Do It For Umma with director Sara Porkalob and Theatre Off Jackson with community support.
Her plays have been produced by Seattle Public Theater’s Education Program, The Horse in Motion, Theatre Battery, Pony World Theatre, Mirror Stage, Live Girls! Theater, UW School of Drama, The 14/48 Projects, SIS Productions, and the Seattle Fringe Festival. She has studied with playwright Stephanie Timm, was a member of an Asian American playwriting collective, SIS Writers Group, and the 2018 Umbrella Project Writers Group.
In addition to theater, Seayoung has been involved with social and racial justice community organizations such as the MomsRising, Children’s Alliance, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation, the International Examiner, and Social Justice Fund Northwest.
She is a fan of gluten free food that doesn’t taste like despair.