Weiko Lin

Weiko Lin

Born in Taiwan, Weiko immigrated to the United States when he was eight years-old and grew up in Pasadena, California. He received his B.A. in English (Creative Writing - Playwriting) and M.F.A. from UCLA. There, he studied playwriting with Jose Rivera, Cherie Moraga, Edit Villarreal, and Velina Hasu Houston.

Weiko's original plays and musical productions have been produced, workshopped, or...
Born in Taiwan, Weiko immigrated to the United States when he was eight years-old and grew up in Pasadena, California. He received his B.A. in English (Creative Writing - Playwriting) and M.F.A. from UCLA. There, he studied playwriting with Jose Rivera, Cherie Moraga, Edit Villarreal, and Velina Hasu Houston.

Weiko's original plays and musical productions have been produced, workshopped, or received stage readings at various Los Angeles theaters. They include UCLA Royce Hall, UCLA Black Box, Veteran's Wadsworth Theater, David Henry Hwang Theater, Chicago's Silk Road Rising, Century City Playhouse, The Loft Ensemble, and Japanese American National Museum.

A Fulbright Senior Specialist, Weiko has taught playwriting and/or screenwriting at Northwestern University, UCLA, and Taipei National University of the Arts. Based in Los Angeles and Boston, he is currently an Assistant Professor at School of the Arts at Emerson College.

HONORS: Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award, Princess Grace Playwriting Finalist, Austin Film Festival Playwriting Finalist, and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship Finalist

Plays

  • MIKI
    After his Buddhist mother passes away of cancer, an alcoholic and depressive college circuit comedian on the road reluctantly reunites with his estranged and married Jewish high school sweetheart in Chicago. The death that reconnects these two as adults turns out to be their source of salvation.
  • THE BEST MAN
    Mitchell spends the evening before his wedding at a hotel suite with his brother and best man, Danny, a DJ burnout who makes his money pimping out his young, naive girlfriend, Misty. Mitchell is marrying Julia, who is also Danny's ex-wife. When the women arrive, the drinks flow and the charade begins. Beneath its high-stakes surface and temptation, a dark vengeful secret explodes as the night unfolds.
  • MOMMY'S SPECIAL
    Set in the back lot of a Los Angeles dive bar, a delusional barmaid spends the night convincing the last customer from committing suicide. As dark pasts unveil, they discover the secret ties between them.
  • BLIND STREET
    When a terminally ill British backpacker and his pregnant girlfriend make their final stop of their trip at a flophouse in Los Angeles, their lives intersect with an array of lost Angelenos as the man fights to live long enough to see the birth of his child.
  • TATTOOED HEART
    A teenage boy serves five years in prison for stabbing a mentally challenged man to death, and confronts his sexuality, conscience and guilt one hour prior to his probation hearing.