Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play The World of Extreme Happiness begins its run at at Manhattan Theatre Club on February 3, 2015. Her plays have been produced by the Goodman Theatre, the National Theatre, Trafalgar Studios 2 [West End], Crowded Fire, Page 73 Productions, Interact Theatre, Borderlands Theatre and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Awards her plays have received include the Wasserstein Prize, the Yale Drama Series Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the David A. Callichio Emerging American Playwright Award and the Keene Prize for Literature. Her plays have been workshopped at the Goodman Theatre, the Alley Theatre, Yale Rep, Seattle Rep, South Coast Rep, PlayPenn, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Hedgebrook Women's Playwright Festival, the Playwright's Foundation, UC Berkeley and the High Tide Festival. She has received residencies from Yaddo, Macdowell, Ragdale, the Sundance Playwright's Retreat at Ucross and the Santa Fe Art Institute.  She is currently under commission from Manhattan Theatre Club, the Goodman Theatre and the National 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. She was previously a NNPN Playwright-in-Residence at Marin Theatre Company and is currently a Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Manhattan Theatre Club.

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