Illustration by Kathryn Rathke

Seayoung (SHEE young) is a playwright from Seattle currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Brown University, ’22 where she is a recipient of the Stephen Sondheim Graduate Fellowship in Theater Arts. She is a 2021 Playwriting Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a playwright for the New Now Commission, curated by Lauren Gunderson. Her play Jar of Fat won second place for the Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award at The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). At Cafe Nordo, her play, Persimmon Nights, enjoyed a sold-out run 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

Photo by Laura Dux Photography

Her plays have been produced by Seattle Public Theater’s Education ProgramThe Horse in Motion, Theatre Battery, Pony World Theatre, Mirror Stage, Live Girls! TheaterUW School of Drama, The 14/48 Projects, SIS Productions, Theater Off Jackson, 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.

Illustration by Kathryn Rathke for Going Up” in City Arts Magazine, June 2018.

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