Kit Yan (Playwright/Poet/Performer/Lyricist) is a Yellow American New York based artist, born in Enping, China, and raised in the Kingdom of Hawaii. My work is a dreamspace where queer and transgender folx time travel in order to witness, remember, and heal our herstories. I hold writing as a spaceship into the borderless ancestral past, the puzzle pieces of an imagined queertureverse, and a lifeline back onto...
Kit Yan (Playwright/Poet/Performer/Lyricist) is a Yellow American New York based artist, born in Enping, China, and raised in the Kingdom of Hawaii. My work is a dreamspace where queer and transgender folx time travel in order to witness, remember, and heal our herstories. I hold writing as a spaceship into the borderless ancestral past, the puzzle pieces of an imagined queertureverse, and a lifeline back onto this earth. Here, we can ground, explore, and discover stories on our own terms—messy, ugly, and wholly beautiful. My dreams lead me to write about the fractures in my life and in this world, the times I fucked up, the times I was held accountable by my family and communities, the times of collective struggle on a path towards collective liberation. Above all else, I write about queer love smashing racism, patriarchy, and systemic oppressions.
INTERSTATE a new musical with Melissa Li: New York Musical Festical 2018, Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship 2018, Space on Ryder Farm selection, Musical Theater Factory residency 2018, terraNOVA Collective’s Groundworks Residency at the IRT, 29 Hour reading at Studio 353, Project Reach workshop, Dixon Place staged reading. FORTHCOMING: Goodspeed Musicals Mercer Colony
MISS STEP: 2018 Village Theater At the Table residency, 2018 Mitten Lab residency, 2018 First Draft Story Summit, FORTHCOMING: 5th Avenue commission
QUEER HEARTACHE: American Repertory Theater ID Festival, American Repertory Theater’s Oberon Season 2018, Playwright's Center Fellowship finalist, IRT Theater, Brick Theater Transgender Theater Festival, San Francisco Fringe, Chicago Fringe. AWARDS: Spirit of Fringe, Artists’ Pick, and Audience Choice Awards at the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival, and Best of Fringe, and Volunteer’s Choice awards at the 2016 San Fran Fringe Festival. Published by TransGenre Press 2016. 8 National College tours. Forthcoming: Diversionary Theater Oct 2018
T(ESTOSTERONE): 2016/2017 Civilians R&D residency, The Syndicate First Read Series selection, Playwright’s Realm fellowship Semi-finalists, Playspace table reading at the Lark, FORTHCOMING: The Hub D.C. developmental reading
AFTEREARTH (film): 2017 Smithsonian Ae’ Kai commission; 2018 Smithsonian and Adobe Creative sponsored site specific immersive showcases during Sundance, SXSW immersive screenings, OUTfest, LA Asian American Film Festival, CAAMfest, Fusion Fest Asian American International Film Festival, Forthcoming: SF Green Festival, Philly Asian Am Film Fest
OTHER FORTHCOMING: MR. TRANSMAN 2018 Trans Lab Fellowship supported by the Women’s Project and the Public Theater, BONUS HOLE 2019 (American Repertory Theater developmental residency), ANCHOR BABY 2020
AFFILIATIONS: Dramatists Guild, 2017/2018 Trans Theater Festival curator, Musical Theater Factory POC Round table, Dixon Place 2017 teaching artist in residence, Commercial Theater Institute, Babson College c/o of 2006