Weiko Lin

Weiko Lin

Born in Taiwan and fluent in Mandarin Chinese, 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. at UCLA. Recipient of a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award and a finalist of the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, Weiko's original plays and musicals have been produced, workshopped,...
Born in Taiwan and fluent in Mandarin Chinese, 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. at UCLA. Recipient of a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award and a finalist of the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, Weiko's original plays and musicals have been produced, workshopped, or received stage readings at various theaters. They include UCLA Royce Hall, UCLA Black Box, Veteran's Wadsworth Theater, David Henry Hwang Theater, Chicago's Silk Road Rising, The Loft Ensemble, and Japanese American National Museum.

He also received commission to write the book outline of the opera FORMOSA by Texas A&M University-corpus Christi. His original song LOVE THAT WAS from his musical HARRIET Z (Music by Christopher Wong) was performed as part of the ASCAP Songwriting Showcase at 2018 Dramatist Guild National Conference.

A Fulbright Senior Specialist, Weiko has taught playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University's MFA Writing for the Stage and Screen program. Based in Los Angeles and Boston, he is an Associate Professor at School of the Arts at Emerson College.

A Dramatist Guild of America member, he is represented in theatre by United Talent Agency.

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

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.