Haruna Lee

Haruna Lee (they/them) is a Taiwanese/Japanese/American theater maker, screenwriter, educator and community steward whose work is rooted in a liberation-based healing practice. Plays include War Lesbian (Dixon Place 2014), Memory Retrograde (Ars Nova 2017, UTR 2018), plural (love) (WP Pipeline Festival 2022, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab 2019) and Suicide Forest (Ma-Yi Theater & Bushwick Starr 2019, remount 2020), for which they received an Obie Award for Playwriting and Conception.

Lee has received the Steinberg Playwright Award, the Ollie New Play Award, FCA Grants to Artists Award, a MacDowell Fellowship, the Map Fund Grant, New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship, and is a currently a member of New Dramatists (2023-2030) and the 2019 artEquity cohort. Their writing has been published by 53rd State Press and Table Work Press. They’ve collaborated as a writer, performer, and in other myriad roles with artists such as Lynn Nottage, Vanessa German, Aya Ogawa, Ralph Lee, Mac Wellman, NAATCO, Minor Theater, Taylor Mac, Andrea Geyer, David Lang, and Anohni—among many others. They’ve written for AppleTV+’s Pachinko and HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant. They co-directed the MFA playwriting program at Brooklyn College (2021-2023), and has taught at Stanford, NYU, Pace, and York College. BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theater Wing. harunalee.com

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