Brown University Writing is Live New Works Festival

My first play production of grad school Jar of Fat will premiere at Writing is Live 2020!

Leeds Theatre (83 Waterman Street)
FREE (reservation required here)

Jar of Fat by Seayoung Yim
Saturday, Feb 8, 4pm
Sunday, Feb 9, 8pm

Synopsis: In a fantastical fairytale world, two Korean American sisters are deemed too fat to fit in their family grave. With undesirability fastened upon their bodies, how will their souls endure? Will the sisters’ close bond survive under the pressure of their fretful parents, who will spare no effort to get them tinier? Jar of Fat is an absurdist comedy that celebrates and explodes notions of desire, ugliness, and beauty through the eyes of a family who hides from and in the stuff of fat. Crossing intersections between Korean American identity and fatphobia, this play probes a beauty culture that can sometimes look foreign to mainstream American notions of what’s desirable or ugly to behold.

Writing is Live 2019
A Festival of New Theater
February 7 – 9

Writing is Live is a festival of new plays in progress written by MFA playwriting students and directed and performed by students in the Brown/Trinity MFA Program. The festival celebrates the diversity and strength of new theatrical voices while providing the Brown community with a glimpse into the vibrant process of creating new work for theater.

Writing Is Live (formerly the New Plays Festival) is made possible through support from an endowed fund for the Adele Kellenberg Seaver ’49 Professorship in Literary Arts.

Photo by Michael Rosas

2020 Performance Schedule
Friday, February 7, 2020
5:00 PM On The Y-Axis by Lucas Baisch ’20 MFA
8:00 PM The Executrix by Emma Horwitz ’20 MFA

Saturday, February 8, 2020
1:00 PM good god by Nkenna Akunna MFA ’22
4:00 PM Jar of Fat by Seayoung Yim ’22 MFA
8:00 PM On The Y-Axis by Lucas Baisch ’20 MFA

Sunday, February 9, 2020
1:00 PM The Executrix by Emma Horwitz ’20 MFA
4:00 PM good god by Nkenna Akunna MFA ’22
8:00 PM Jar of Fat by Seayoung Yim ’22 MFA

Accessibility info for Leeds Theatre: 
– The studio has an accessible entrance  off of Waterman Street between Stuart Theatre and the Building for Environmental Research and Teaching. When entering the building via this entrance there are no steps to enter the theatre
– Leeds Theatre can accommodate up to 5 wheelchair accessible seating locations. 
– The theatre has 22 transfer seats 
– Leeds Theatre is General Admissions. Accommodations for patrons with low vision or blindness can be made by contacting Brianne Shaw, Brianne_shaw@brown.edu, 401-863-2730.
– Assistive Listening Devices are available upon request. Please inquire with a House Manager upon arrival. 
– A Wheelchair Accessible and Gender Neutral restroom is available on the same level as the theatre. 
– Large Print programs are available upon request. Please inquire with a House Manager upon arrival.
– Trained Service Animals are welcome in the studio. At this time we are unable to accommodate Emotional Support Animals. 
If there is anything we can do to make your visit to Leeds Theatre more comfortable please reach out to Brianne Shaw at Brianne_shaw@brown.edu, 401-863-2730.

2019 is about Dramaturgy

This year, I intentionally decided to put a pause on big playwriting projects in order to recharge and work on other aspects of theater. Like dramaturgy!  I am working on two projects:

Black Sheep by Heidi Park


It has been a pleasure serving as a dramaturg for my friend Heidi’s play!

Synopsis: Ever since you were a child, have you felt like you were the black sheep of the family? Heidi has. As the only person of color in her white adoptive family, we follow Heidi through her unlikely success at the Minnesota State Fair and her heartbreaking journey in Korea to recover her roots.

Tickets available at https://18thandunion.org/black-sheep

Everyone is welcome at our space. Our lobby space has no steps, and there’s one small step down into our theatre space, for which we have a ramp. We’re sorry to say that our bathrooms aren’t wheelchair-accessible. If possible, please use our contact form to let our staff know if you need any accessibility accommodations so we can do our best to make your time in our space as comfortable as we can.


Dramaturg-ing for Kim’s Convenience!

Screenshot 2019-04-10 17.37.40.pngRUN DATES: May 15 – June 22
AGE REC: 14+
PRICE: $27-50, dependent on day and time; fees may apply
NEW ROOTS NIGHT ON 5/24: A theatre-going group for ages 23-37

Playing at Taproot Theatre

Enter Kim’s Convenience store and meet the Kims, a loving, if imperfect, Korean family making their way in Toronto. As they face an uncertain future Appa (dad), Umma (mom), their unmarried daughter Janet and disappointing son Jung learn to see each other in a new light. This hilarious and heartwarming story reminds us that family isn’t always convenient, but it might be the best deal out there.

Tix: http://taproottheatre.org/shows/2019/kims-convenience/


Untitled Play About Institutional Racism in the Nonprofit Industrial Complex – Staged Reading


Up next is a staged reading of my play Untitled Play About Institutional Racism in the Non-Profit Industrial Complex. I have extended this play from a 30-minute version into a full-length play.

SYNOPSIS: Does anyone know anyone on the funding committee? Who wants to participate in the office weight-loss challenge? Where are we supposed to print now that the copy room is for mothers to pump? Are there enough people of color in the brochure stock photography? And who keeps eating Antonio’s organic goat yogurt he has to buy on the other side town? These questions and more pepper this delightful, disheartening satire of non-profit life.

Dramaturged by Rachel Wolfe

Directed by Sara Porkalob



(Currently sold out but there’s a waitlist!)

Date: Sun, December 16, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST


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Summoning Frankie at Seattle Public Theater’s Education Program

Summoning Frankie Poster designed by Julia Nardin

Directed by Ana Maria Campoy

August 10-11

Frankie’s wizarding life has been completely mapped out. Attend the Mould Applemurg Academy, an underfunded public wizarding school in North America, and follow their parents’ picture-perfect plan. However, when a dark presence in the form of a malicious Education Minister threatens to take away all the school’s funding, Frankie and their friends of misfits must finally face their fears to discover that destiny and magic have a way to lead you to surprising destinations.

This play was developed with support from The Umbrella Project’s Writers Group.

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