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Elizabeth Wong <br />Artist Residency Elizabeth Wong <br />Artist Residency

Elizabeth Wong
Artist Residency

Elizabeth Wong Presentation
Thursday, January 30, 6:30 p.m. / Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall

Elizabeth Wong discusses her career as a creative writer in theatre, film, television. Her work includes both playwriting of award-winning adult plays and children’s plays, as well as screenwriting.

Playwriting Workshop
Saturday, February 1, 9:30 a.m. – noon / Doudna Fine Arts Center, Room 2040

Interested students from Theatre and English should email Kevin Doolen at jkdoolen@eiu.edu to be placed on the list to participate in the Playwriting Workshop. This workshop will serve both the novice and more seasoned writers seeking some new tools and inspiration.

About Elizabeth Wong

Elizabeth Wong, Los Angeles, CA, (playwright, theatre director), is known for her unique blend of comedy and social satire. She is also considered one of the foremost writers of plays for young audiences. She is a recipient of the Tanne Foundation Award for artistic achievement and she recently received a commendation from the City of Los Angeles for her themes on human rights. Her plays include Letters to a Student Revolutionary, China Doll, and Kimchee & Chitlins. As a playwright, she’s been commissioned by Dramatic Publishing Company (Does My Head Look Big in This); the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (The Happy Prince: The Musical; The Happy Prince), Denver Center Theatre (Prometheus, Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King, Goloshes of Fortune), Honolulu Theatre for Youth (The Magic Bird: A Filipino Folktail), Cincinnati Playhouse (Boid & Oskar), Theatre Emory (Dating & Mating in Modern Times), Silk Road Rising (Finding Your Inner Zulu), Actors Theatre of Louisville (Badass of the RIP Eternal), to name a few. As a director, she’s helmed her award-winning Off-Broadway play Letters to a Student Revolutionary at the SUNY-Albany Performing Arts Center at the invitation of Director JKevin Doolen. She also coproduced Letters to a Student Revolutionary at the Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Los Angeles to benefit Amnesty International, and to commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Wong recently directed Moliere’s classic comedy Tartuffe at the Alice Austen Theatre in New York when she was the artist-in-residence at SUNY Geneseo earlier this year. Wong was a Disney Writing Fellow and a staff writer for the ground-breaking ABC sitcom All-American Girl starring Margaret Cho and she was a writing intern at the CBS soap Young & the Restless. She’s been a guest artist at the New York State Writers’ Institute, and an inaugural artist-in-residence at the Ecole Cantonale d’art du Valle, Sierre, Switzerland. Last year, she was an invited speaker at Harvard University to discuss social unrest and her play Kimchee & Chitlins at a symposium on the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots; and she was nominated to The Hermitage Artist Retreat where she is currently in residence. She’s excited to be working on a new play about FDR and his Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, America’s first woman cabinet member. She’s also adapting for the stage Jervey Tervalon’s best-selling novel Dead Above Ground; and the memoir Traitor? By Terry Holdbrook Jr, about one soldiers’ experiences at Guantanano Bay prison, for First Flight Entertainment. She is a proud member of PEN, the Dramatist Guild, and Writers Guild West.

Wong’s website is www.elizabethwong.net


Times and prices


01/30 | 6:30 pm
02/01 | 9:30 am

Ticket Prices

Performance Location

Lecture Hall

Lecture Hall