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Sam Chanse

Sam Chanse

Sam Chanse is the author of TriggerThe Opportunities of ExtinctionFruiting BodiesThe Other InstinctWhat You Are NowLydia’s Funeral Videoabout that whole dying thing, and Asian American Jesus. Her work has been developed with The Lark, Ma-Yi Theater, Cherry Lane, Leviathan Lab, Ars Nova, Broken Nose, and Ensemble Studio Theater/Sloan Project, and is published by Kaya Press (Lydia’s Funeral Video) and TCG (The Kilroys List). Upcoming productions include Fruiting Bodies, directed by Shelley Butler, at Ma-Yi Theater (April/May 2019). 

She is a resident playwright of New Dramatists and a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. 

A former MacDowell Fellow, Cherry Lane Mentor Project Fellow, Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at The Lark, Sundance/Ucross Playwright Fellow, and Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, she has also received residencies from Djerassi, Tofte Lake Center, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan, Ma-Yi/the Flea, Second Generation, Leviathan, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. She is an alumna of Ars Nova’s Play Group, the Civilians R&D Group, and The Lark’s New York Stage & Film Vassar Retreat. 

She served for some years as artistic director of Kearny Street Workshop, and has led writing and theater workshops at various institutions and organizations, including Columbia University, NYU, KSW, and the Performing Arts Workshop.

last edited 10/30/2018

Sam Chanse Events
what you are now
The Other Instinct
Rita Goldberg Playwrights' Workshop Reading Series 2017
The Opportunities of Extinction
Fruiting Bodies