Illustration by Kathryn Rathke


Seayoung (SHEE young) is a playwright and educator from Seattle, now based in the East Coast. Her play Jar of Fat (Brown University) won the 2022 Yale Drama Series Prize and second place for the Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award at The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). Other awards/honors include the Dramatist Guild's Lanford Wilson Award, the Powers Playwriting Fellowship at the Old Globe, winner of the Woolly Mammoth x Black List commission, Finalist for 20204 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award, writer residency at Hedgebrook, Stephen Sondheim Graduate Fellowship in Theater Arts at Brown University, Kilroys Web,  finalist for Playwrights Realm Scratchpad Series, Playwriting Fellowship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the People’s Choice Award for Outstanding New Play at Theater Puget Sound’s Gregory Awards and Seattle’s Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Local Playwriting. 

Her plays Persimmon Nights (Cafe Nordo) and Do It For Umma (Annex Theatre) directed by Sara Porkalob both enjoyed sold-out runs. Other plays have developed/supported by Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Clubbed Thumb, Annex Theater, Cafe Nordo, Seattle Public Theater’s Education Program, Theatre Battery, Pony World Theatre, Live Girls! Theater, UW School of Drama, Brown University, SIS Productions, Pork Filled Productions, and The Umbrella Project.

She has taught Playwriting and Beginning Screenwriting at Brown University and Playwriting at the Rhode Island School of Design.

BA: University of Washington. MFA: Brown University.