Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play Lidless received the Yale Drama Series Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Keene Prize for Literature, and the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. In 2011 she was awarded the Wasserstein Prize by the Educational Foundation of America for her most recent work, The World of Extreme Happiness, which can be seen in London this fall at the National Theatre. Her plays have been produced by the Goodman Theatre, Trafalgar Studios 2 on the West End, Page 73 Productions in New York, Interact Theatre in Philadelphia, Borderlands Theatre in Tuscon, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in West Virginia. She has received commissions from South Coast Reperatory, Seattle Reperatory and the Goodman Theatre. Frances received an MFA in Writing from the James A. Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, a BA in Sociology from Brown University, and a certificate in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Her work has been published by Yale University Press, Glimmer Train, Methuen Drama, Samuel French, and Dramatists Play Service. Frances was born in Philadelphia, and raised in Northern Virginia, Okinawa, Taipei and Beijing.
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