Seayoung (SHEE young) Yim is a playwright based in Seattle and is a MFA candidate in Playwriting at Brown University ’22. Her most recent play, Persimmon Nights enjoyed a sold-out run at Cafe Nordo in July 2018. Her first full-length play, Do It For Umma, premiered at Annex Theatre in 2016 to sold-out audiences, winning both the People’s Choice Award for Outstanding New Play at Theatre 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 work has been produced by Cafe Nordo, 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 Seattle Fringe Festival. She has studied with playwright Stephanie Timm, is a member of an Asian American playwriting collective SIS Writers Group, and is a member of the 2018 Umbrella Project Writers Group.
In addition to theater, Seayoung has been involved with social and racial justice community organizations such as the 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.