David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang
Associate Professor
Concentration Head, Playwriting
David Henry Hwang's work includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Golden Child, Yellow Face, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist, who has worked with composers Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, Bright Sheng, Unsuk Chin, Huang Ruo, and Howard Shore. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. His screenplays include Possession (co-writer), Golden Gate, and M. Butterfly, and he is currently developing an original television series for Lionsgate and Bravo. Yellow Face was adapted into a full-length movie for YouTube by the YOMYOMF Network in 2013. Hwang won the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award, the 2012 Inge Award, the 2012 Steinberg “Mimi” Award, and a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award. He serves on the boards of the Lark Play Development Center, American Theatre Wing, and the Actors Fund, and as the President of Young Playwrights Inc. David Henry Hwang was recently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre, which produced a season of his plays, including the premiere of his newest work, Kung Fu.
 
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2015
Literary Lion: 5 Questions with Playwright David Henry Hwang / The work of David Henry Hwang, an associate professor and head of the School of the Arts’ playwrighting concentration, includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Golden Child, Yellow Face.
 
2015
David Henry Hwang Awarded at ISPA Congress / Director of the Theatre Program's Playwriting Concentration, David Henry Hwang, was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Artist Award at the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Congress this year.
 
2014
Hwang to Serve as Head of the Playwriting Concentration / Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty, announced today the appointment of two acclaimed playwrights to the faculty of the Arts.

2014
David Henry Hwang: racial casting has evolved – and so have my opinions / The American playwright explains why favouring white actors on stage is a bad business model.

2012
Signature Theatre Names David Henry Hwang as 2012-2013 Residency One Playwright / The Signature Theatre Company will spotlight Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang as the Residency One Playwright.

2011
Why David Henry Hwang Wrote ‘Chinglish’ / David Henry Hwang, who won a Tony Award in 1988 for “M. Butterfly,” has had six shows on Broadway.

2011
David Henry Hwang makes a triple-play for Chicago / David Henry Hwang has finally found a home in Chicago.


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